At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Caeleb Dressel was the man of the hour. He continued his form from the World Championships in Gwangju to win five gold medals in Tokyo. Thus, people saw what the hype was all about. Astonishingly, he even broke Michael Phelps’ world record to the delight of fans and garnered world praise and attention.
Courtesy of his success, Caeleb has elevated to legendary status. Speaking of legends, Dressel talked about having endless conversations with the GOAT of swimming, Michael Phelps. Undoubtedly, for someone who is obsessed with winning, Phelps is the best mentor he could have.
Caeleb Dressel gets advice from Michael Phelps
The legacy of Michael Phelps remains untarnished even today. He won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, proving to people why he is the best.
Notably, Dressel found a way to talk to him about his plans ahead of the Olympic Games. The effects of the Olympic Games can sometimes be pressurizing. Hence, given his experience, Phelps was the perfect man to help him out and prepare to perform on the global stage. Recently, Dressel revealed what went down in the conversation between the two greats.
“If you’re a swimmer, you look up to Michael. That’s just the way it is. At these Olympic Games I probably texted Michael more than my wife!”
Jun 19, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Caeleb Dressel reacts after the Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
“I leaned on him a lot, and he was clear that he was always there for me when I needed. It felt good to know I’d made him so proud,” said Dressel.
Being able to deal with pressure can be extremely difficult. Hence, Phelps’ advice would’ve been of great help to Caeleb, who went on to script history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Phelps is a legend
Out of all the swimmers out there, Phelps might be the one who has a greater influence than others. The incredible Phelps achieved many great victories in the championships. He won numerous medals and set world records that stay put even today.
18 Sep 2000: Michael Phelps of the USA in action during the Mens 200m Butterfly Heats at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre on Day Three of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird /Allsport
With his advice, Dressel won five gold medals in Tokyo. The quality he showcased on the global stage was truly commendable. Ever since he appeared in the pool, there was a certain aura about him and his great vertical jump from the blocks. As Caeleb swam his way to glory in 2021, do you think he will repeat his heroics in 2024 at the Paris Olympics as well?
WATCH THIS STORY- Most expensive cars of F1 drivers