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Edmonton swimmer Emma O’Croinin ready for ‘incredible’ Olympic experience in France – Edmonton

Edmonton swimmer Emma O’Croinin ready for ‘incredible’ Olympic experience in France – Edmonton
Edmonton swimmer Emma O’Croinin ready for ‘incredible’ Olympic experience in France – Edmonton

As she prepares for her trip to France to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics, Canadian swimmer Emma O’Croinin emphasizes that she is grateful for the team of “incredible girls” she will be competing with, but also that she is grateful to be competing in her first Olympic Games.

“It’s such an honour to be on the team with those girls,” said the 21-year-old athlete from Edmonton World News at 12:00 in Edmonton on Wednesday. “It’s really fun to be a part of it.”

O’Croinin is part of Team Canada in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

“Some people think it’s more pressure because you’re not just performing for yourself, you’re really trying to do your best for the team,” she explained. “But I really enjoy it.”

Not all team members come from the same place, although O’Croinin noted that some team members have swum on different teams before.

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“We still have a couple of weeks together before the Olympics, where we’re going to train together,” she said, noting that training is now continuing at a rapid pace. “We’ll start the taper soon and then we’ll be rested and ready to go.”

Edmonton-raised swimmer Emma O’Croinin is a member of Team Canada in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2024 Summer Olympics. She spoke with Global News at Noon Edmonton on July 10, 2024.

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O’Croinin spoke of a different kind of team on Wednesday, and expressed her gratitude to her family members for their support and encouragement. She said her entire family will be in France to watch her race.

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“They are so supportive. I couldn’t do what I do without their support,” she said, adding that some family members from Ireland will also travel to France to watch her compete.

“No matter the outcome, they are always there for me and happy that I just do my best and enjoy it.”

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O’Croinin, who began swimming competitively at age eight, said her mother was also a swimmer when she was younger. She added that her brothers were involved in sports when she was younger.

“I just wanted to be like them,” she said, adding that she always loved swimming and decided to “make it my thing.”

In 2019, O’Croinin was named Junior Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Canada.

Emma O’Croinin swims the 400-meter freestyle during the 2018 Team Canada Final in Edmonton on Friday, July 20, 2018.

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The swimmer, who currently competes at the collegiate level for the UBC Thunderbirds, has already faced formidable competition on the international swimming stage. She competed at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, where she qualified in the preliminary rounds of the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay and won bronze. Individually, she reached the final of the 200m freestyle there.

O’Croinin has also competed in three editions of the World Aquatics Championships, the 2019 World Junior Aquatics Championships and the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

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When asked how it feels to know she will soon be competing in her first Olympic Games, she replied “unbelievable.”

“As a kid you dream about this and when it actually happens, it’s pretty intense,” O’Croinin said.


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