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Former Wolverine Gears Up For The Racetrack After Olympic Swimming Career

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Tyler Clary of the United States celebrates after winning the gold in the Men's 200m Backstroke final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 02: Tyler Clary of the United States celebrates after winning the gold in the Men’s 200m Backstroke final on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WWJ) — Olympic Gold medalist and former Michigan Wolverine Tyler Clary is training for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but he’s also training to do something else in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I want to be a professional race car driver,” Clary said. “My goal is to make a living driving race cars and I’m currently pursuing getting into some of the higher series in NASCAR. Right now we’ve just begun the development phase of making those goals happen.”

Clary said that he isn’t worried about injuring himself and anything we do normally can be dangerous.

“I think that anything we do normally can be dangerous,” Clary said. “I could trip and fall down the stairs, I could get into a car accident going to practice. If something’s going to happen to me, it’s going to happen to me and I would rather be doing something that I know will help advance me personally, and from a career standpoint.”

Clary said that his swimming coach, David Marsh, has been very supportive of his pursuit of racing on the side. Clary recently won the gold in the Men’s 200 Backstroke at the Bulldog Grand Slam in Athens, Georgia.

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