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Gold medalist teaches swim class at Nashville Aquatic Club

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Nashvillians don’t have to travel to Rio to get close to Olympic gold. They can find it right here just by signing up for swimming classes.

Ashley Whitney won a gold medal in 1996. It’s a big reason why swim students sign up for her classes at the Nashville Aquatic Club inside Centennial Sportsplex.

“Oftentimes we have athletes that join our program because they are injured, they cannot bike or run but they want to stay active, and come here and fall in love with the water,” Whitney said.

Everyone in the pool swims for their own reason, and it doesn’t have to be with the intention of Olympic gold.

“I have this cap with my name and U.S. flag, should have worn that for the camera today,” said Curtis Lovelace, a two-time senior national finalist.

Lovelace is a regular at Whitney’s classes and is still up for her challenges.

Some of the swimmers need the pool to start their day. That’s why Whitney isn’t going anywhere.

“The office job would have to start at 5 a.m. It is ingrained in our life,” she said. “My husband wakes up at 4 a.m. We wake up at 4 and hit the ground running.”

There are currently 250 swimmers of all ages and abilities who are part of the Nashville Aquatic Club.

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