Kara Lynn Joyce is a swimmer competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Kara Lynn Joyce qualified for the 2012 Olympics by finishing second in the 50m free. She was third in the 50m free and fifth in the 100m free at 2011 U.S. Nationals and won the 50m free national title in 2010. Lynn Joyce earned a silver medal in Beijing as part of the 4x100m free relay and the 4x100m medley relay (preliminary swim), and was also sixth in the 50m free in Beijing. She did not qualify for Beijing at the Olympic Trials, but earned a spot when Trials winner Dara Torres pulled out of the 100m free. Lynn Joyce then earned her 50m free spot in Beijing after Jessica Hardy tested positive for a banned substance. Lynn Joyce won two relay silver medals in Athens, swimming in the final of both the 4x100m free and 4x100m medley. She wlso finished fifth in the 50m and 100m free. She placed seventh and fifth in the 50m free at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, respectively, and after the 2007 Worlds she was diagnosed with mono and was forced to take about two and a half months off.

Lynn Joyce has trained in several different states, and made an unconventional switch in April 2012, just three months prior to Trials, which in the end, paid off. She was born in Brooklyn, raised in Rochester, N.Y., and then moved with her family to Ann Arbor in 2001, before her junior year in high school. In Michigan, she swam for Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. She began training in 2002 with former University of Michigan men's coach Jon Urbanchek, who also ran the elite Club Wolverine. In her senior year of high school, she set five Michigan state records. After high school, she went to the University of Georgia, where she trained under Jack Bauerle, and became an 18-time NCAA champion. "Her best trait, outside of her work ethic, is her competitiveness," Bauerle said in 2008. Lynn Joyce was one of the most sought-after swimming recruits in the country and chose Georgia largely because of Bauerle. She then spent some time after 2008 with FAST in Fullerton, before moving in 2010 to Colorado to train with Missy Franklin and coach Todd Schmitz. But Lynn Joyce never really benefitted from the altitude, so in April she moved to Charlotte, N.C. to train under Dave Marsh, who had recruited her and lost to Bauerle years earlier. "I knew it was a risk," Lynn Joyce told Swimming World of the late-in-the-game move to Charlotte. "I knew qualifying for the Olympics wasn't going to happen where I was, and the risk paid off tremendously."

Lynn Joyce competed at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis in 1999 at age 14 and did poorly. Her disappointment was alleviated when her longtime idol, Summer Sanders, approached her and gave her a pep talk. Lynn Joyce began swimming at age five, with her mother as her first coach. Lynn Joyce has two older brothers who swam for Eastern Michigan: Sean and Kevin. Robert (a software developer) and Karen Joyce (a swim coach) are her parents.


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Age: 31 years old
Birthday: October 25, 1985
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 154 lbs.
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Hometown: Athens, GA

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