Gold medalist King still thrives on constant challenge to be the best

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - On the pool deck, Lilly King is just another member of the Big Ten champion IU swim team.

But when she hits the water, it's a whole new ballgame.

The 22 year old King is one of a kind.

She became a big name during the 2016 Olympics. As a 19 year old, King challenged the defending world champion from Russia, and then backed up the trash talk by winning 2 gold medals in the breast stroke.

"We have a little rematch coming up in Indy, toward the end of May, so that should be a fun little tuneup before worlds this summer," she said.

King thrives on that constant challenged to be the best. That's why she is in the pool 20 hours every single week.

We asked he what she has left to prove.

"I don't know. We've got another world record to chase in that 200 breast and, obviously, I want to win all the gold medals I can. Pretty simple, just keep winning," said King.

She graduates in May and wants to become a teacher, once the swimming career winds down. She's currently a student teacher.

"It's fun. Kids are more fun than adults for me, so I love it," she said, laughing.

The students will have to wait because King still wants to school the rest of the world in the pool.

"I think, for me, the tentative end date is about 2024 right now, but if I'm still enjoying myself and still swimming fast and still having fun, I'm going to keep going as long as I can," King said.

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