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April 1, 2014

Evan Austin takes home two gold medals from Can-Am Championships

TERRE HAUTE — Evan Austin continues to inspire.

Austin, who took sixth place in the 2012 Paralympics in London, set three American swimming records at the 2014 USA Paralympic Can-Am Championships in Miami, Fla.

The current Terre Haute South High School assistant coach set records last weekend in the 50-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly.

“This was really my first real meet getting back to it [since London],” said Austin, who has been training hard the past eight months after taking some time off in the fall of 2012. “It felt good to go fast right now. That’s the most positive things. It makes you feel a lot better to get up for early morning practices.”

Austin is building back up to compete for a medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Jeff Thompson accompanied Austin to Miami and has continued to write his workouts since London. One thing they realized, four years between Olympics is a long time, and a break was needed.

“It wasn’t long after he got back from London, it was time to take a break. He stopped training. He didn’t get back at serious training until almost a year later,” Thompson said.

The 21-year-old is training as hard as ever now.

He said he’s eight pounds lighter and feeling it in the pool.

Austin won two gold medals last weekend, a birth onto the U.S. Paralympic national team and his 100 butterfly time is the fastest in the world during this early part of 2014, Thompson said.

“First swim out of the gates Thursday was an American record,” Thompson said. “He did everything we set out to do. Next two days were icing on the cake.”

Austin said he’s likely to compete in June at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado, Springs, Colo.

Austin fights a hereditary condition known as spastic paraplegia.

 

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