American swimmer Ryan Murphy dreamed big as a child, and now his goal has been achieved – twice!
On Monday, the 21-year-old
won his first career gold
and set an Olympic record by finishing the 100-meter backstroke in 51.97 seconds. He picked up his second career gold medal on Thursday, coming first place in the men’s 200-meter backstroke with a time of 1:53.62.
Murphy’s stellar performance in
represents the realization of a dream he’s been working towards since the age of 8. NBC shared a handwritten note Murphy gave his parents over a decade ago, announcing his quest for Olympic glory.
Ryan Murphy wrote this when he was a young boy. Ryan, this isn’t the end – it’s just the beginning! #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/zCEFfrCMDb
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 9, 2016
“I hope my swimming life continues and I become an Olympian when I grow up,” wrote Murphy back in 2003. “I hope I will break records. I want to be the best swimmer in the world.”
Road to Rio: How Moms Support Olympic Hopefuls
The note also included an adorable handmade drawing of himself with a gold medal.
Thursday marked the sixth consecutive gold won by an American in this event. Australian Mitchell Larkin took silver, finishing .34 seconds behind Murphy and Evgeny Rylov of Russia took the bronze.
Murphy will try for a third Olympic medal on Saturday when he competes in the men’s medley relay.