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November 27, 1987 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-11-27

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Linda heads home after practice.

the other U.S. athletes at
York University and enjoyed
the freedom. "It was really
fun. I loved it a lot. I think
that really encouraged me to
go back (to Chicago next
year), because I had so much
fun. It wasn't all just 'sleep,
you have to swim tomorrow,
rest, you have to swim.' We
had a lot of privileges to do
whatever we wanted. I had a
lot of fun:'
Linda's current goal is to
qualify for the USS Junior
National meet next April,
with times in several dif-
ferent events which are fair-
ly close to those necessary to
qualify for the Senior Na-
tionals. To put that in
perspective, "Senior Na-
tionals is about one second
away from Olympic qualify-
ing times," she said.
Great success generally
breeds greater expectations,
and Linda's case is no dif-
ferent. But she is just begin-
ning to think about the great
prizes in swimming, such as
the Pan American Games, or
the Olympics. McClune says,
"A la of people, like younger
kids on our team, will always
come up to me and ask
something like, 'Do you think
Linda has a chance to go to
the Olympics?' " McClune
emphasizes the fact that
there are about
140,000-150,000 registered
swimmers, on teams like the
Stingrays, throughout the
U.S. Only about 26 U.S.
Swimmers make the Olym-
pics every four years. "The
odds of someone being at
their physical peak and train-
ing for that potential every
four years is pretty tough. I
think Linda has a chance to
become a high school state
champion — she's already pro-
ven that she can do the work,
handle the load. She's broken

the state records of previous
high school state champions
. . . I think she's going to pro-
gress along those lines."
Linda admits that while
watching swimming competi-
tions, such as this summer's
Pan Am Games, she
sometimes pictures herself
swimming in those types of
events. And she has thought
about the 1992 Olympics,
when she will be 18. That
means that swimming is now
becoming more serious for
her, and consequently, for her
family. They still do not push
Linda, but they definitely
want her to fulfill her poten-
tial. "They're behind me, a
lot, because they don't want
me to stop," she says.
"According to what_ _ we've
heard from other coaches and
from people around the coun-
try," says Ralph, "she's got a
big future in swimming, and
it'd be a shame if she just said
goodbye to it. So at this age,
I think she's being very good
about it. She wants to take a
shot at it. It takes a lot of hard
work, a lot of effort, and she
understands it and I think
she wants to go through with
it and take a shot at it."
He adds, "Right now is
where she's going to try to
make a push. The rest of it,
up through 12 years old, has
been a lot of fun, and hasn't
been very heavy work, has
it?" he asks his daughter.
"No," replies Linda.
"It's been just competing at
her own age level," Ralph con-
tinues. "Now let's see if she
wants to go on to the next
step. And it's going to be up
to her. If she wants to, she'll
do it."
And if she wants to, the
Goldstein family will be there
behind her, every stroke of the
way. ❑

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