Alex Meyer swimming with a purpose

Updated: July 22, 2012, 1:29 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- As a kid in upstate New York, Alex Meyer imagined jumping off a bridge at the northern end of slender Cayuga Lake and swimming farther than he could see, almost 40 miles south, to his hometown of Ithaca. As a professional open water swimmer, he has raced through the waves that roll onto some of the world's most beautiful beaches. More recently, Meyer, the only American man who will compete in the 10-kilometer event at the 2012 London Olympics, has made Walden Pond -- the ...

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