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A few days ago I was out for a swim at my favorite swim beach with my girlfriend. The sky was grey, windy, pretty cold and it was threatening to rain. Aside from the two lifeguards obligated to stay until the first raindrops, we were the only ones there… or so we thought.

Enter Ainsley, steamrolling through the water in full butterfly stroke straight toward us carving through the significant chop like butter.After wiping looks of awe off of our faces we found her mom and introduced ourselves. We would meet the next morning to capture some images of this determined athlete at the same beach.

Ainsley was training for state competitions back in Colorado while here on summer break with her family. Her youth, just 12 years old, mixed with her natural born athleticism were so inspiring. As I prep for the Olympics and get ready to head to Rio, it is this hopeful, determined and optimistic energy I look forward to most.

Ainsley, maybe we’ll see you at the next one… I don’t doubt that we will!

Click through the gallery above to view more images and be sure to follow me on instagram during the RIO Olympics. @afrotographer

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