People might have watched Michael Phelps, but they weren't inspired enough to actually get in the pool.
Americans who said they participated in swimming declined by 8.4 percent from 19 million people in 2008 to 17.4 million people last year.
The statistic is one of many fascinating revelations detailed in the annual Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s Sports Fitness and Recreation Participation Overview, which came out this week.
Here are some of the other highlights worth noting.
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