Reigning Youth Olympics swimming champion Nguyen Thi Anh Vien has been qualified for training support from the US Swimming Federation for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The 19-year-old swimmer has been selected as one of the athletes expected to win a medal at the Olympics.
According to Coach Dang Anh Tuan, Vien is among world’s top 20 and she is playing for a US club, two conditions that make her qualified for support from the US Swimming Federation.
She was ranked 14th by the International Swimming Federation at the end of 2014.
“We are glad to know that she has been qualified for the support, which will help her improve her skills,” Tuan said.
After two years playing for Saint Augustine Club in Florida, Vien moved to Episcopal last November where she has been jointly coached by Anthony Teeters and Tuan.
She will compete at the 2015 US National Swimming Championships.
Vien won three golds at last year’s event in 200 meter women’s mixed relay, 400m women’s mixed relay, and 200m backstroke.
Born in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, Vien learned swimming when she was 10 but did not receive professional training in the following years.
Tuan said he introduced Vien to the national team when she was 14, but she was rejected.
She was accepted soon later after good results at a local competition and with further endorsement from Tuan.
“I have never seen a swimmer with such a strong will like she has. It has helped her achieve better results than her skills,” he said.