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Style Weekly dives into the life of Townley Haas in this week’s cover story

The piece explores Haas’ early life, how he got into swimming, and what’s next for the gold medal-winning athlete.

Trevor Dickerson

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Lisa Antonelli Bacon, writing for Style Weekly, profiled West End native and gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer Townley Haas for this week’s cover story. diving into the world of Haas, who has been proclaimed by many to be the future of USA swimming.

From Style Weekly:

Coaches and commentators have proclaimed Haas the future of USA swimming. He hasn’t been packaged yet, stuffed with bland nonquotes, or glammed up by stylists. He hasn’t had time to get comfortable with celebrity. When a crowd applauds, he tucks his chin and halfheartedly raises his fists to about ear level. Prepared quotes? Forget it. When a reporter serves up a softball question, the answer is spontaneous and from the heart.

“What’s it going to be like returning to UT with a gold medal?”

“I hope it’s like last year,” he says of his freshman days at the University of Texas. “I had fun.”

The future is now. At 19, Haas is the same age as Michael Phelps — the most decorated Olympian ever — when he won his first gold. And in Brazil, he beat the times of every swimmer — including Phelps — in the men’s 200-meter freestyle. You might say he out-Phelpsed Phelps.

Read the full cover story here.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.