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After a slow-speed chase at U.S. Olympic swim trials, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin and others must pick it up before Rio

After a slow-speed chase at U.S. Olympic swim trials, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin and others must pick it up before Rio

The question lingered as colored spotlights swirled around CenturyLink Center, cannons blasted red, white and blue streamers into the air and a troupe from Cirque du Soleil performed at the conclusion of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Sunday.

For all of the dramatics during the eight-day spectacle — nail-biting finishes, little-known swimmers introducing themselves to the country and plenty of tears — no world records were broken. Veterans like Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin didn’t approach their best times. In fact, 10 of the 26 winning swims were slower than those at the 2012 trials.

How will all of this translate to next month’s Rio de...

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