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Olympic Swimmer George Bovell is Ready to Answer London's Call

This veteran has medals on his mind as he heads into his fourth Olympics.

Olympic Swimmer George Bovell is Ready to Answer London's Call

When George Bovell takes to the starting blocks in the 50m freestyle event on August 2, he will tap into all his swimming and life experience to try and end his Olympic career on a high note. And he has considerable reserves at the ready.  Last summer, an auto accident left him with a bruise on his brain. For nearly two months, doing any mundane physical task like walking up the stairs could have triggered a stroke.  However, the Trinidad and Tobago native made a full recovery, and he is now poised for another tilt at an Olympic medal.

While Bovell, who is sponsored by USANA, will be pumped going into the London Games, he is somewhat of an old hand at this kind of thing. In 2000, Bovell went to Sydney as a starry-eyed teenager and made his Olympic debut Down Under.In 2004, he bagged a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley (an event for which he once held the world record) in Athens, and in 2008 he had the honor of carrying his country's flag at the opening ceremony in Beijing.

Now London is calling, but Bovell isn't just going there to make up the numbers. He believes that he has a real shot at making it onto the podium for the 50m freestyle. While Cesar Cielo (BRA), Nathan Adrian (USA) and James Magnussen (AUS) are the men to watch, Bovell holds the fourth fastest time in 50m freestyle history, and the 6'5" 205-pounder knows that on any given day he can be a serious threat.

At the moment, the 29-year-old is wrapping up preparations at his Olympic camp in Gijon, Spain, but we caught up with him a few weeks ago at his training base at the University of Michigan, where he was working with world-renowned sprint swimming coach Mike Bottom and the Club Wolverine Elite team, to talk about swimming, health and the challenges that await at the Games.

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