Another Gator Medal Win in Rio

August 9, 2016

Another big day for the USA at the Rio Olympics with swimmer Ryan Murphy winning gold in the Men's 100m backstroke and Lily King grabbing gold in the Women's 100m breaststroke and Kathleen Baker willing silver in the Women's 100m backstroke.  Silver for the Men's synchronized 10m platform diving David Boudia and Steele Johnson sail through to the silver medal and Gator alum, Conor Dwyer claiming Bronze in the Men's 200m freestyle swim.  Bronze for David Plummer and Katie Meili too.  One swimmer in particular is getting just as much attention as the medal winners.  Swimmer Danto Condorelli has a unique tradition before each race.  He seeks out his father and proceeds to give him the one finger salute. His dad, Joseph, returns the gesture. The bizarre pre-game ritual started when Condorelli was 8 years old, competing in swim meets against older, faster swimmers. His dad, in an effort to build confidence in his son, told him to (blank) them and focus on himself.  Dad told him, 'Every time you’re behind the blocks, give me the finger and I’ll give it back to you.' The Condorellis’ personal ritual is meant in a loving way but it those unfamiliar with the story uncomfortable.  However as odd as it may sound, it has worked as Condorelli will swim the 100m freestyle today and the 50m freestyle next week.

SOURCE: Huffington Post

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