Come into the offices of the Daily Pilot and you’ll see a photo of backstroke Olympian Aaron Peirsol gracing our walls.
We remember when the mop-headed swimmer from Newport Harbor High was an Olympic hopeful, not a champion.
Today, despite his upset the other night in the 200-meter backstroke that left him hoisting a silver medal instead of gold, Peirsol has had a swimming career others can only dream of.
Indeed, he won the gold earlier this week in the 100-meter race and set a world record in the process. In fact, since the early 2000s, Peirsol has dominated the backstroke like no other.