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Rebecca Soni cools down

Updated: July 27, 2012, 3:01 PM ET
By Pedro Moura

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- The best female breaststroker in the world practices in the Pacific Ocean.

A couple times a week leading up to the 2012 Olympics, American swimmer Rebecca Soni would leave the small condo she shares here with boyfriend Ricky Berens, walk the eight blocks toward The Strand and set off on her own into the salt water.

Soni, a gold medalist in Beijing four years ago, did it on the advice of her coach of six years, Dave Salo. The U.S. ...

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