Margaret Hoelzer will be coming to our Cortez Invitational, June 10-12, 2011. She is a former World Record Holder, Silver Medalist in the 200 Back and Bronze Medalist in the 100 Back in the 2008 Olympics.
At the 2007 World Championships she broke the American Record in the 200m backstroke and won her first World Championship in dramatic fashion. She believes that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible and she has stuck by those words. In 2003, she was the top ranked American in the 200m and after earning silver in the 200m backstroke at the 2005 World Championships, Hoelzer broke through for her first gold in the event at the 2007 World Championships where she dropped nearly two seconds off her best time. In 2008, Margaret qualified for the Olympic team in three events: 100m back, 200m back, and 4x100 medley relay and then headed to her second Olympics as world champion in the 200m backstroke. In Beijing, Margraet medaled in the 100 Back (Bronze), 200 Back (Silver), and 400 Medley Relay (Silver).When she's not swimming, Margaret enjoys sharing her Olympic spirit and experience with young swimmers and Olympic Hopefuls all around the country by teaching youth swim clinics and speaking to local communities. After earning her degree in psychology with a minor in criminology, Margaret is pursuing a graduate degree in sociology at Auburn. Outside of her swimming career, she says she would like to continue to help children who have been abused, or study the criminals who abuse them, such as sex offenders through her work with National Children's Advocacy Center. Her goal is to provide information and awarness to the public in addition to trying to help people who have been abused realize they are not alone and they should seek help and treatment.