While most people only focus on international swimming during the Olympics, the sport of international swimming is actually a year round sport that has many significant competitions each year. According to a recent news article (http://mynewsla.com/orange-county/2016/12/10/american-record-for-olympic-swimmer-huntington-beachs-tom-shields/) a popular swimmer from United States continued his success at a world championship race in Ontario.
This past week, at the FINA World Swimming Championship in Ontario, US swimmer Tom Shields won a gold medal in the 50 meter butterfly while also breaking a US swimming record. Shield earned his personal best time of 22.38 seconds in the race, which boasted several of the top swimmers in the world. Shields also won a silver medal in a freestyle race in which he swim the last leg. In this race, he took over when the US team was in fifth place but was able to bring them all the way back to second.
This is not the first time that Shields has had significant success at an international event. He has won multiple gold medals in the Olympics as a member of various relay teams. Shields also figures to be a future major contributor in the next Olympics after the retirement of Michael Phelps. He is already considered one of the top competitors in the world in the butterfly race and will use that strength and various relays and upcoming events. He will also work to position himself to win medals in individual races as well.