My SA friends told me: "Look! Ryk Neethling is there!, let´s take a picture!" I did not know who he was, except he was cute and handsome. We took a picture, everyone smiled. I wrote down his name and thought: I`ll Google him... Well, more than a year later, this is my post about Ryk Neethling, one of the most successful swimmers in history to compete for the
University of Arizona and the . Ryk was born and raised in Republic of South Africa . Ryk has participated in the last three Olympic Games for Bloemfontein, South Africa South Africa, culminating with a Gold Medal and World Record performance in the 2004 Olympics in . Currently, Neethling holds the South African record in five different events and ranks in the top ten in the world in both the 50, 100, 200 Freestyle and Individual Medleys. Yet it is his success as an intercollegiate swimmer at the Athens, Greece University of Arizona that elevated him to become one of the most highly regarded athletes in and the International swimming community. Ryk’s collegiate athletic career at Tucson was unmatched, leading to nine individual NCAA Championships and the Arizona Athlete of the Century Award. Arizona
Family: He was raised by his parents Ryk and San-Marie with his two sisters Elsje and Jean-Marie. Growing up in a close knit family, Ryk learned the meaning of competition and determination. His sister, Elsje, was diagnosed with brain tumors at the age of twelve and endured three brain surgeries before recovering fully. Throughout her treatment, she continued swimming, never giving up her hope, determination, and passion while fighting for her life. It was this mentality that Ryk adopted in his swimming that led him to his international and collegiate success.
|Corina Moscovich, Ryk Neethling, Candice Marshoff at Bloemfontein Airport, 2010|
Schooling: Ryk attended all of his schooling prior to the
University of Arizona at Grey College in ; the third generation of Neethling’s to attend. One of the most prestigious institutions in South Africa South Africa, , was attended by former South African presidents and other influential politicians. Grey College
In 1995, at the age of 17, several colleges began recruiting Ryk for swimming scholarships. At this point, he had never visited the
and barely spoke English. When United States Michigan did not guarantee him an athletic scholarship and he began seriously considering other programs, he first thought of the . Throughout the four years he competed for University of Arizona Arizona, he had several opportunities to show the recruiting error they had made. Ryk had become one of the most successful intercollegiate swimmers in history. Ryk began participating in international competition for the country of Michigan South Africa in 1993 and continued throughout his career at . Ryk continues to travel to international competitions to represent Arizona . More info at http://www.rykneethling.com/ . By the way, it´s really difficult to find info of Ryk in Spanish... South Africa
|Corina Moscovich, Ryk Neethling at Bloemfontein Airport, 2010|
Mis amigos sudafricanos me dijeron: "Mirá! Ahí está Ryk Neethling!, vamos a sacarnos una foto!" Yo no sabía quién era, excepto que era bonito y guapo. Nos sacamos una foto, todos sonrieron. Yo tomé nota de su nombre y pensé: lo voy a googlear... Bueno, más de un año después, este es mi post sobre Ryk. Lo gracioso es que la información disponible sobre Ryk Neethling en castellano está en sitios de hombres gays. Semejante guapo, parece que gusta a todos, chicos, chicas, en fin... Aquí va su sitio web, advierto que la foto de bienvenida es impactante... http://www.rykneethling.com/
Algo de su data: El nadador Ryk Neethling nació el 17 de noviembre de 1977 en Bloemfontein, Sudáfrica, donde también se crió. Es el primer sudafricano que ha competido en cuatro Juegos Olímpicos, ganó una medalla en los del 2004 en el relevo 4x100 libres. Tiene varios registros importantes de su país. Ryk comenzó a participar en competencias internacionales para el país de Sudáfrica en 1993 y continuó su carrera en Arizona. Ryk continúa participando en competencias internacionales para representar a Sudáfrica.