Athletes facing multitude of training issues

Updated: September 16, 2009, 4:24 PM ET
By Matt Remsberg | ESPN RISE Magazine

Growing up, Mary Beck never felt more at home than in the pool.

She taught herself to swim at age 4. By 7 she was immersed in a club swimming program. And by 13 it had become so clear she was at home in the water that her family pulled up its roots in Colorado and made a new home in Austin, Texas, so Beck could join the prestigious Longhorn Aquatics swim program.

That's when Beck took her training to the next level. Pre-dawn practices started to accompany after school ...

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