LONDON – There might be something to this ocean training thing.
Four days after Dana Vollmer notched a gold medal and shattered the world record in the 100-meter butterfly, her Olympics roommate Rebecca Soni seized gold in the 200-meter breaststroke in world-record fashion. And like Vollmer – who said the ocean waters off Fiji rejuvenated her in 2008 – Soni credited the inviting Pacific as her secret weapon to reaching the wall in only 2:19.59.
"I live by the ocean, so I kind of decided as taper was coming along that I didn't want to drive to the pool twice a day, so I swam in the pool in the morning and just jumped in the ocean at night," Soni said. "The main point was to not be too mentally challenged every day with getting to the pool twice. I live 20 miles away, so it's a whole day process if you're doing doubles. Just being able to walk down to the beach and go swim around for a little – I brought a lot of friends with me … was a lot of fun."
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