At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Schmitt won a gold medal in the 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay.

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He is now senior director of sport performance and is responsible for golf, track and field, shooting, equestrian, weightlifting and sports climbing.

It was Kirwan, on the main stage with some of Ireland’s greatest sporting exports including O’Leary, Walsh, Ken Lynch, who now works in New Zealand High Performance and the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Tony Cunningham, who was responsible for the marriage of Phelps and Skibbereen.

This was a convention you could come to and hear Skibbereen and Michael Phelps mentioned in the same breath.

It was one where Billy Walsh aired his hopes and dreams that the United States would again rule the boxing world and where a warning shot out across the pristine Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena about the dangers of doping and sport coalescing with the entertainment business, and of the bogeyman of television determining the timing and schedules of events.

Schmitt specializes in freestyle events and is a six-time Olympic medalist.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she won three gold medals—in the 200-meter freestyle (where she set a new Olympic record), in the 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay and in the 4-by-100-meter medley relay—as well a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle and a bronze in the 4-by-100-meter freestyle relay.By the time she reached college, Schmitt was regularly training with Bob Bowman, trainer of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, who helped her get to the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she won five medals for her record-breaking performances.American Olympic swimmer Allison Rodgers Schmitt was born on June 7, 1990 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to parents Ralph and Gail Schmitt.But Schmitt said she's unsure of how much longer she will swim. And he's announced the happy news in the cutest way.Of Phelps, Schmitt says that he taught her how to focus her energy into her races, "swimming smarter by saving fuel for the final legs." Bowman, both Schmitt's and Phelps's coach, said Schmitt has "really learned the mental game." She remains focused when needed and relaxes when needed, he said, noting that that is key to winning.