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Olympian Allison Schmitt Looks Forward to a Fun Season with the Georgia Bulldogs

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After a medal-filled summer, swimmer Allison Schmitt has returned to Athens, Ga., to finish her final season with the Georgia Bulldogs. This year, Schmitt says a healthy dose of fun is on her agenda.

"I think for me, the biggest thing is having fun and as long as I'm having fun I can swim fast," Schmitt said during an episode of The Morning Swim Show. "So I'll just keep working hard, having fun, and being with the team is definitely a lot of fun."

In order to prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Schmitt spent a season away from the Georgia swim team, instead opting to train with Bob Bowman and Michael Phelps in Baltimore.

When Schmitt returned to train with the Bulldogs for her final year of college eligibility, she was greeted by several new faces, she said.

"It's great seeing new faces and fresh faces on Georgia Bulldogs," Schmitt said during The Morning Swim Show. "… Especially coming back and basically not knowing half the team -- not knowing the incoming freshman and the sophomores, never (having been) on the team with them."

She added: "It was a little tough for me at first, but I'm back into the swing of things and I'm excited."

Schmitt came home from the 2012 Olympic Games with five medals, including gold in the 200-meter freestyle, 4x100-meter medley relay and 4x200-meter freestyle relay. She also won silver in the 400-meter freestyle and bronze in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Schmitt also won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in the 4x200 freestyle relay.

Schmitt also is a four-time NCAA national champion, having won the 500-yard freestyle in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the 200-yard freestyle in 2010.

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Sandra Johnson was a competitive swimmer for more than 15 years before she began coaching. She is a longtime Olympic fan, and while working for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., she had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46

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