Brooke Bennett, Reporter
After spending her entire life being interviewed by newspaper and television journalists all over the world, three-time gold medalist Brooke Bennett always wondered what it would be like to work on the other side of the camera.
Brooke is now pursuing her second dream, a broadcasting career. In February 2009, that dream began at Bright House Sports Network.
Brooke's specialty is obviously swimming, with intentions of covering all sports in the bay area.
Along with her television career, Brooke is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, and is spending hours in the kitchen, currently working on her own cookbook.
But with all she is accomplishing, Bay area sports fans still remember her from one place-the pool.
Under coach Peter Banks at Brandon Sports and Aquatics, Brooke Bennett grew up as one of the elite swimmers in the country. She qualified for her first junior national cut when she was only 12 years old!
As much talent as she possessed, her determination was even greater.
Brooke burst onto the world scene qualifying for the 1994 World Championships in the 800 freestyle. After finishing third behind the legendary Janet Evans, Brooke returned two years later on sports biggest stage.
Facing off again with Evans at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, Bennett won gold and began her four-year reign as the top distance swimmer in the world.
She went onto win two more gold medals at the 2000 games in Sydney. Her 800 meter freestyle victory was an Olympic record.
Immediately following the games, Brooke joined the likes of Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and Mary Lou Retton by making the cover of Wheaties.
Brooke now resides in Brandon and joined the Bright House Sports Network team full-time in January 2010, with an emphasis on high school sports.
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