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Olympians' Legacies Inspire N. Baltimore Swimmers

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Olympians' Legacies Inspire N. Baltimore Swimmers

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Olympians' Legacies Inspire N. Baltimore Swimmers

Olympians' Legacies Inspire N. Baltimore Swimmers

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Before he was an Olympian chasing a historic eight gold medals in Beijing, Michael Phelps was a kid swimming with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. His U.S. Olympic teammate Katie Hoff still trains there — and swimmers in the club hope she's not the last Olympian to come out of their pool.

Scott Armstrong is one of the coaches for the program, which has produced seven Olympic swimmers and three coaches so far. And somewhere among the young swimmers in the water now, there's a future champion.

"Oh, absolutely — there's multiple swimmers in this pool right now with serious possibility to become a champion," Armstrong says.

During the past four years, NBAC swimmers have worn white practice caps that say "Beijing 2008." In two weeks, they'll get new caps — for London 2012.