ST. Petersburg, Florida — A year later, the Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo starting this week. Florida Gator swimmer Bobby Finke will be the first male swimmer to become an Olympic athlete in the United States from Pinellas County.
“When the kid couldn’t even walk, I took him to the pool at Clearwater Beach,” said Jeanne Finke.
Her son Bobby has come a long way since his mom’s swimming lessons and sibling competition.
“I have two older sisters and we are all pretty competitive,” Bobby told ABC Action News sports caster Kyleberger. “I think it helped me stay the most competitive with them.”
Finke, a former countryside high school swimmer, won the 800-meter and 1500-meter races in the US qualifiers last month and won the ticket to the Tokyo Olympics.
“Yes, I cried when I hugged him 800 years later,” said his father Joe Finke. “I’m very proud.”
“There was a lot of love at that moment,” Bobby said. “My dad went to almost every practice with me in high school and grew up. He was always there for long car rides, weather, traffic, 4am, everything.”
Bobby’s parents have been poolside since his first competitive race at the age of six. But mom and dad aren’t at the Tokyo stand. Audiences are not allowed due to COVID-19.
“It would be great if they could come,” Bobby said.
“You could see him swimming on TV better than if we were there,” Joe said. “The COVID system and activities in Japan will move you back and forth between the Olympic Village and the venue. You won’t have time to meet him. We want to be there, but you got I live with things. “
And what they have gained is technology, and they are doing their best to stay connected while the world is away.
“I’ve gotten a lot of pictures of dogs, which was really great,” Bobby said. “I’m looking forward to seeing them all again, especially Brewster. He’s my dog.”
Gator’s swimmer Bobby Finke’s family missed their first trip to the Olympics
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