Despite competing in three previous Olympics, Amanda Beard was not a favorite to win a birth on the Olympic swimming team. Last Friday, she exceeded everyone's expectations with a big win in the 200-meter breastroke.
The Boston Herald quoted her saying: "Not a lot of people expected me make this team... I knew I could make the team, but it was a long shot."
Now that Amanda Beard has made the team, she has pledged to help team USA bring home "bring home oodles of medals" from the Beijing Olympics.