CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — Marta Aramburu will have a front row seat at Sky View Rehabilitation Center in Croton-on-Hudson for Thursday’s duel in the pool between swimmer Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps at the Summer Olympics.
The 95-year-old resident will be rooting hard for Lochte, her 32-year-old grandson, as she does every time he hits the water. Lochte and Phelps will be among the medal favorites in Thursday’s 200 individual medley final. Phelps has won the race in the past three Olympics. Lochte took silver in the event in 2004 and 2012, and bronze in 2008.
“She gets very excited every time he swims,’’ said Magali Paschke, Aramburu’s daughter and a resident of Armonk. “She blows him kisses, and she feels it’s because of her kisses that he swims so fast. She pushes him with her arms to swim faster.”