Brooke Bennett's first gold medal came in the 800-meter freestyle race at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Then at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Brooke hit the peak of her swimming career. She won two more gold medals in the 400 and 800-meter freestyle races, with the latter coming in Olympic record time. In the 400-meter freestyle she defeated a strong field that included her teammate Diana Munz who had beaten her at the U.S. Olympic trials, the 1996 Olympic 200 freestyle champion Claudia Poll, and that year's fastest performer, Hannah Stockbauer. Bennett's time was the fastest in the event in nine years. In the 800-meter freestyle Bennett again faced formidable competition from 200- and 400-meter medley Olympic winner Yana Klochkova, and Kaitlin Sandeno who had pulled a major upset in denying Diana Munz a place in the 800-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials. Bennett led from the start, swam an aggressive and steady race, and won commandingly in the fastest 800-meter freestyle time in 10 years. Her attempt for a third straight Olympic appearance fell short in 2004, following operations on both of her shoulders in 2001.
Brooke, a native Floridian, is now a world class open water swimmer at the age of 40. A wife, mother of two and swim coach, she inspires everyone to take up open water swimming and live life to the fullest.
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