2008 Olympian (10km Marathon Swim)
2012 Olympian (400m freestyle)
2013 World Championship Team Member
2010 Pan Pacific gold medalist (400m freestyle)
Three-time USA Swimming National Champion
Won the 400 free at the 2011 All-Star Europe vs. United States Duel in the Pool meet
Chloe Sutton made her first Olympic Team in 2008 when she was just 16 years old as one of the members of the first-ever United States open water Marathon Swim team for the Beijing Games.
But just because she reached the pinnacle of racing in the oceans didn’t mean that she was resigned to it for the rest of her career.
She grew up in a military family. With a father who was an officer in the United States Air Force, Sutton moved around a lot and learned to become very adaptable early in life. By the time she had gotten to high school, she learned not only to accept change, but also to embrace it.
Her adaptability explains how she made the transition between open water and pool swimming in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics.
Moving from swimming in nature to swimming in the four walls of a pool might seem like an easy translation, but in reality it’s a huge change. Open water swimming is more about feel and strategy, whereas pool swimming is a much more stroke- and technically-specific sport that requires precision with every motion. (Blog post from Sutton: An Olympian’s Favorite Set)
Pool swimming also comes with ramped-up pressure. The 10,000 fans that packed the CenturyLink Center in Omaha (one of Sutton’s many former hometowns) is a ten-fold increase over the biggest crowds ever seen at an open water event.
“You go to things like the Olympic Trials and you see the crowds and how excited people get about swimming,” she said in late 2011 about the excitement surrounding pool races.
Chloe thrived under that pressure and earned her way onto a second Olympic Team; this time she qualified in the women’s 400 meter freestyle. That makes her the first American in history to ever earn Olympic spots in both pool and open water swimming. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she earned a top-10 finish in that 400 free.
Though still relatively young, this woman has already had a lifetime of experiences. Swimming is a sport that always changes and challenges athletes, but Sutton has already shown the tremendous ability to overcome and adapt to those changes. As a result, she remained at the top of the sport.
Chloe thrives on interaction with athletes of all ages at the Fitter and Faster swim clinics and expertly shares her technical swimming advice. Get the edge you need by booking her for your next clinic!
Chloe is a featured elite swimmer on Fitter and Faster’s Swim Video on Demand service. On her videos, Chloe demonstrates many drills and full stroke swimming. The underwater footage and explanations are phenomenal.