Name: Haley Anderson
Country: United States of America
Event: Women's Swimming Marathon
Anderson was the first Trojan to officially qualify for Rio 2016, which will mark her second Olympic Games. The American open water swimmer brought home a silver medal from London 2012, finishing 0.4 seconds behind the winner. She is aiming for the top of the podium this time around. "That's definitely what has kept me going," Anderson said. "Getting a silver by that close, it's definitely been the biggest motivating factor for improving on that finish and going for gold this time."
In her corner once again, Anderson will have the familiar face of Catherine Vogt, Team USA's open water coach and now USC associate head coach. "You have to be smart, you have to be able to manage stress and you have to be able to change your speeds," Vogt said of Anderson. "A lot of it is like a chess game -- it's a mental match -- and that's the excitement of it. Haley is really tough, and I think that's what makes her so good on the world level."