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Olympic Swimmer Elizabeth Beisel: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me (I Will Always Be in Love With Leonardo DiCaprio)

Elizabeth Beisel
Elizabeth Beisel  

On Saturday, August 6, Elizabeth Beisel will be among those kicking off Olympic swimming as she goes for her long-coveted gold in the 400 individual medley. However, as the 23-year-old tells Us Weekly, she could have ended up in a completely different Olympic sport. Read on to find out all of the 25 fun facts Beisel shared with Us.

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1. I have played the violin and piano since I was 3 years old.

2. I grew up with two goats, two pigs, two ducks, two dogs, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, 16 birds, a cat and plenty of fish.

3. My first sport was diving, but I was so bad at it, my mom made me join the swim team instead.

4. I have been swimming competitively since I was 5 years old.

5. During my first race ever, I peed on the blocks because I was so nervous.

6. I have a younger sibling named Danny who is the coolest person I know.

7. My brother and I used to hide bananas behind our windowsills because we hated when Mom made us eat them.

8. My mom found the bananas a few weeks later and was not happy.

9. I have two tattoos: one of the Olympic rings on my hips and an anchor on my ribs for Rhode Island, my home state.

10. I started surfing when I was 10 and won my first competition when I was 12.

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11. I qualified for my first national swim team in 2006 at age 13.

12. I competed in my first Olympics at 15.

13. On my 14th birthday, my hero Natalie Coughlin gave me a personalized birthday card, and I still have it framed to this day.

14. I have been to every continent, minus Antarctica.

15. My parents met in a bar in New York and have been together ever since.

16. I would rather swim in front of a million people than play my violin in a room of 10.

17. Smoked salmon is my favorite food.

18. I am close to fluent in Spanish.

19. I am a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.

20. I graduated the University of Florida with a 3.8 GPA.

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21. I will always be in love with Leonardo DiCaprio.

22. If I could meet three celebrities, it would be Taylor Swift, Leo and Jennifer Lawrence.

23. I am severely blind; I always have to have glasses or contacts on.

24. I am the only person in my family with curly hair.

25. If I weren't a professional swimmer, I would be an actress.

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