INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The countdown to the summer Olympics is on.
We are one year away from the games in Tokyo and a swimmer from Yorktown, Indiana has a shot at the Olympics.
She is a natural athlete.
Emily Weiss decided 10 years ago to focus on swimming. While at Yorktown High school, she dominated by winning four state titles in the 100-meter breast stroke.
She set set a national record. The family home is full of awards.
Weiss was named the national high school female swimmer of the year. She was literally a big fish in a small pond.
"Yeah, its pretty cool," she said. "I don't let that go to my head. I am working towards the present."
Now she is transitioning to life as a college athlete with the IU swim team.
"Its a very big change. ... Its much more competitive than high school was," she said.
Weiss will compete in some international meets this year.
She will set her sights on the Olympics next year.
"It's definitely on my radar," Weiss said. "I have a lot of events before then, but I feel like could be ready for that next level by next summer."
One of the people pushing her is IU teammate and two-time gold medalist, Lilly King.
"She scares me because she reminds me of myself with her work ethic," King said. "She is going to be a star in the future."
Weiss trains just a lane over from King and is learning from the best.
Weiss is on pace to realize her dream next summer.
"I feel like the Olympics is a always a dream for athletes," Weiss said. "I am more prepared than ever before. I have been thinking about this since I was 15."