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Olympic swimmer Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who won a silver medal representing Great Britain at the 2016 Summer Games, said there’s an oft-used phrase among elite female athletes.

“You stand on the shoulders of giants who came before you,’’ she said.

To O’Connor, the line serves as a reminder that former female Olympians like her – as well as current ones like gymnast Simone Biles and sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson – owe a debt to the determined pioneers who paved the way and fought for their right to compete. 

It’s part of why she jumped at the chance to help tell the extraordinary true story of Trudy Ederle in Disney’s “Young Woman and the Sea.”