Celia Fleischaker - Chief Marketing Officer
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By Celia Fleischaker - Chief Marketing Officer
Posted in Customer Engagement
“Are you still loving it?” It’s the one question that Verint employee Amy Curry and her husband have asked their two children every year throughout their swimming careers, wanting to ensure that amidst all the hard work and 5:15 a.m. practices, they were experiencing joy.
Half a world away, there’s no question that Brooks Curry is absolutely “loving it” as he prepares to represent his country at the Tokyo Olympics as part of Team USA in Swimming. Brooks, a member of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Swim Team, will compete in the men’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay event that will be televised in North America the morning of Sunday, July 25 (prelims) with the finals airing that same evening.
Amy, who heads up public relations for Verint, introduced Brooks to swimming at any early age; by age four Brooks was on the Junior Barracudas Swim Team, where his coach urged Amy to have him start competing in meets where some competitors were two years older. By age seven, Brooks had been invited to join a year-round competitive swimming program.
At age 13, Brooks was excelling both on the baseball field and in the pool and had to make a choice between the two sports. He chose swimming, a choice that would find him four years later being pursued by many SEC Division 1 collegiate swimming programs. After careful consideration, Brooks committed to LSU, a program where he felt he could “make an impact right away,” according to Amy. The choice was a good one, giving Brooks both a rich focused training program where he won the 100-yard freestyle event in his first SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in his first year in the program and broke seven LSU records. Additionally, he had the quintessential college freshman experience of seeing quarterback Joe Burrow lead LSU to a national football championship!
But the COVID pandemic introduced hardships to Brooks’ very successful athletic career at LSU when he had to leave school and return home to the Atlanta area. During this time, the Currys helped set up a weight room in the garage so Brooks could focus on his “dry land game.” The local swim club soon let collegiate swimmers who had returned home train at the pool as soon as it was feasible. By any means necessary, Brooks sought out opportunities to continue his training before returning to school in 2021.
In June 2021, the Currys travelled to Omaha, Nebraska to watch Brooks compete in the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, were he placed fourth in the 100-meter freestyle final with a time of 48.19 seconds, becoming the first American swimmer in LSU history to qualify for Team USA.
In Tokyo, Facetime has helped give the Currys a glimpse into Brooks’ Olympic Village experience, where he’s been able to meet other members of Team USA and fellow LSU athletes who are competing on the Olympic Dive Teams for Mexico and Norway.
The Currys have befittingly organized an open-air Olympics Watch Party to take place at the Atlanta Athletic Club Pool Pavilion, where Brooks and his sister Peyton have logged a lot of time in the swim lanes. There, they’ll be joined by friends and family who have watched Brooks’ evolution into an Olympic athlete over the years.
And it will be just one of many times where the Curry family has been cheering their son on to victory as his Number One fans. Please join all of us at Verint in congratulating Brooks and the Curry family and in wishing him and Team USA all the best this week!
Go Brooks Goooooooo!!!!! I am so excited to cheer Brooks, the Currys, and all the other athletes on! Congratulations and GREAT LUCK to you!
Go Brooks!!! ????
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