For a few days last month, Katie Hoff felt like Tom Sawyer, listening to the eulogies at her own funeral.
The experience was … surprisingly moving.
Though Hoff qualified for the Olympics at 15 and won three medals at 19, she'd struggled for years with the idea her career had somehow underwhelmed expectations. When she announced her retirement Dec. 14, however, she learned just how much warmth she'd engendered in the swimming community.
There were kind wishes from former teammates and mentors at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, where the former Towson resident trained for both her Olympic appearances. There were respect-filled congratulations from Olympic teammates...