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Olympic gold medalist swimmer leads youth clinic at Notre Dame


While Notre Dame traveled to Michigan over the weekend, a former Wolverine trekked his way to Irish country Saturday.

2012 Gold Medalist Tyler Clary was on hand at the Notre Dame Swim Clinic helping young swimmers learn some new techniques. Clary won the gold in London in the 200M backstroke.

"It's so cool to come in and do what we love to do, which is swim," said Clary. "I get to teach kids to swim which is special for me because I've been in the position before where I've learned from people who've come back from the Olympics"

All the proceeds went to Coaches versus Cancer which benefits local cancer patients.

Clary taught the kids the proper backstroke techniques and talked to them about the importance of swimming. He hopes the skills he taught will provide some inspiration for the group of over 50 kids at the clinic.

"I'm a true believer that there's not a person on this deck who couldn't do what I did last summer," said Clary. "That's the cool thing about swimming is you get out of it what you put into it and all it takes is a little belief."

Being a Michigan guy Clary did hear some trash talk from some Irish fans this morning. He said he didn't mind because he said he could dish out some smack talk himself.

"If anything I've been giving the Notre Dame fans a hard time," said Clary. "During the autograph signing I kept asking kids who they are rooting for. The grand majority said Notre Dame and I'd be like awww come on. At first they'd be uncomfortable, but I'd let them know I was joking. Either way it was a lot of fun."

Clary took pictures and signed autographs for the kids after the event was over.

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