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Viral Video 2012 Swammy Award Winner, US Olympic Swim Team’s Call Me Maybe

The Winners

US Olympic Swimming Team

The Event

Viral Videos

The Backstory

Once you’ve endured the most stressful competition of your life (for many, Olympic Swimming Trials), the nerves die down a bit, but they do remain. What do you do about that? You do what all national team members do since national teams have been crisscrossing the world respresenting their respected countries, you goof off, laugh and joke…and do anything you can except think about the competition ahead.

Missy Franklin and National Team Director, Frank Bousch, dancing at the 2012 US Olympic Training Camp

Missy Franklin and National Team Director, Frank Busch, dancing at the 2012 US Olympic Training Camp

The Moment

In 2012 the US Olympic Swimming Team set the Olympic training camp tone early on. Stacked with veterans — true professionals like Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin who know how to relax and focus their energy when it counts — Team USA relaxed and bonded as no other national team has in history.  To the outside world, we got a few glimpses behind the scenes, like this private party at the Olympic Training Camp in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their video parody of the ubiquitous Call Me Maybe pop song, however, memorialized the fun and has since gone on to claim global kudos. Produced by Kathleen Hersey and Caitlin Leverenz and Alyssa Anderson, 95% of the US Olympic Swimming Team is respresented. To date, the video has been viewed over 15 million times.

Honorable Mentions

Elon Club Swim Team’s Gangnam Style

“All I Do Is Swim”

“Call Me Maybe” Michael Phelps & Ryan Lochte Music Parody

Matt Grevers/Annie Chandler proposal (original video blocked by IOC on copyright grounds)

Comments

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    The first video presented here was really sweet , full of joy and motivation to all olympians . Great stuff .

  2. aswimfan says:
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    Stil loving the call me maybe swim team parody.
    Awesome!

  3. bobo gigi says:
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    I hate this style of music but the video is funny.

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Mel Stewart, aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, and USA Swimming. Mel has also worked as an Olympic analyst for ABC, NBC, EPSN, FOX SPORTS and TBS. At SwimSwam.com, Mel hosts Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com, a weekly report featuring the world’s fastest swimmers and Olympic medalists. Read More »