South African born and Olympic gold medalist Darian Townsend can now call himself an American.
Townsend became a U.S. citizen at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Phoenix Field Office in a ceremony on Thursday, July 24.
He was on South Africa’s world record breaking, gold medal winning 4 x 100 meter men’s freestyle relay team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Townsend is a lawful and permanent resident who met all of the requirements for citizenship.
Townsend currently attends the University of Arizona, where he also trains.
His goal is to try out for Team USA and swim for America in the Olympics in 2016.
Attending the ceremony in support of Darian were coaches and some of his teammates.
Townsend plans on living the rest of his life here in America. He wants to get into coaching when his competitive swimming career is over with.
This is reason enough for the swimmer to believe he should be representing the stars and stripes and swim for Team USA.
If Townsend is able to qualify for Teams USA in 2016, he will be 31 years old.
The 2016 summer Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.