Augusta's Lantz Lamback looking to add more medals at Paralympic Games

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 4:54 PM
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HANDOUT PHOTO  Lantz and Fred Lamback in Beijing during the Paralympics.
HANDOUT PHOTO Lantz and Fred Lamback in Beijing during the Paralympics.

If Lantz Lamback has goals this week, he’s not sharing them.

The world-class Augusta swimmer is making his third Paralympic Games appearance today in London. A U.S. team veteran, Lamback is looking to add to his six medals won in previous years.

“I don’t like to talk about it before the event,” he said. “Just get in there and do what you can do.

“It’s going to be tough. The world is getting faster. It’ll be a challenge.”

Grovetown’s Scott Winkler also is representing the area at the Paralympics, which will be held at the same sites as the Summer Olympics. Winkler, 39, will compete in the F54/F55/F56 portion of the shot put Saturday.

Lamback, 26, is participating again after winning medals in 2004 and 2008. So far, he’s earned a gold, two silvers and three bronzes in swimming’s S7 Division. Lamback set a world record in the 100-meter backstroke in the 2008 Paralympics, with a time of 1 minute, 12.09 seconds for his first gold medal.

This year, the 6-foot, 146-pound swimmer said he knows what to expect.

“Just focus on technique. Just nail down the technical part,” he said. “It’s all about nailing down the little things.”

In 2008, Lamback was the most-decorated male U.S. swimmer at the Paralympics with four medals. Now, he’s competing in eight events – six individuals (50 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 200 individual medley and 400 free) and two relays (4x100 free, 4x100 medley).

“I’d like to think I’m a stronger swimmer,” he said. “But you never know till you get on the blocks.”

Lamback’s spent the past 21/2 years at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He said he plans to fill out an application for the next resident program for January 2013.

Lamback said he’s unsure how long he’ll continue swimming. At some point, he wants to finish up his college degree, which he started at Augusta State.


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