DiRado won her first gold as part of the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay, and also scored a silver in the 400-meter individual medley and a bronze in the 200-meter individual medley.
“I wanted to medal in all three of my events. Then I got put on a relay and we got gold … I just won! I don’t even know what to say,” a teary DiRado said.
“My team believed in me so much. I knew when I left for that last race they all thought I could do it. It was just a matter of convincing myself – and I did.”
The first generation Argentine American from Santa Rosa, California, has already announced that these Olympics (her first) will also be her last. One month after competing in Rio, she’ll begin a new career as a business analyst for a management consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia. The Stanford grad said knowing there’s an expiration date on her professional swimming career has helped her to stay motivated and excited.
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“Some people see it as, ‘Oh, you’re swimming so well so why not keep going?’ ” DiRado told USA Today. “But I think part of the reason why I am swimming so well is knowing that I have a hard stop date. It’s so much easier to be excited about all of this and give it everything I have when I know that this is my last go-through.”
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Before that though, she’s going to celebrate her four medals with her husband, former Stanford swimmer Rob Andrews, with a trip to London and Paris.
“I’ll take a break from thinking about the swimming, like, where are we going to eat in Paris?” DiRado said. “How much weight can I gain per day eating croissants?”