Wasick walked onto the deck for the 50 meter final in a pink racing suit with matching pink goggles. “Everything that happens before the race, the moments before I step on the block, it’s slow motion for me. I really remember every detail—what I do, where I look. But the actual thirty-seconds of stepping on the block and racing, it’s a blur,” Wasick says. The race came down to Wasick and Swedish favorite Sarah Sjoestroem. Off the blocks, Wasick was ahead but, breaking out of the water later, Sjoestroem joined Wasick ahead of the other six swimmers. It came down to the touch and it was Sjoestroem first and Wasick second, a mere twoone-hundredths of a second between them.