Breaking Down the Biggest Races of the 2020 Olympic Games: Days 1-3

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with SwimSwam Co-founders Braden Keith and Mel Stewart to bring you a comprehensive preview of the biggest races to watch in the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games. In the first 3 days of competition, we’ll see barn-burners like the women’s 400 free, men’s 100 back, women’s 100 back, and both 4×100 free relays, where the Australian women and USA men looked prime to defend their 2016 titles.

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Bobo Gigi
4 days ago

I think it’s harder to make predictions this time. I will try tomorrow. But of course the pandemic and the restrictions not affecting the different nations in the same way will have a huge impact. I hope I’m wrong but with far less doping testing than usual in the last 15 months because of the pandemic I fear that we could have a few bad surprises. And then the context of the bubble which will inevitably not affect every swimmer in the same way. Add to that the constant threat of catching the virus and we could see some big names disappear.
For the rest and on all the races you’ve discussed about in that podcast (both 4X100 free… Read more »

Coach Rob
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
4 days ago

That’s a cop out. My predictions are the USA will win the medal count not only this Olympics, but also at the 2024 games. I experimented a little bit with doping myself and I whole-heartedly disagree with Russian athletes doing it. Lastly, COVID is over. You either get up and race, or you can sit and home and rub your eyes from the tears of watching the REAL athletes swim.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coach Rob
4 days ago

“COVID is over.” Terrific epitaph.

Doconc
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
4 days ago

For u it will live forever
Many of us have had it, been backed, and are tired of it

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Doconc
4 days ago

Yeah well 3 million are taking dirt naps.

Little Mermaid
Reply to  Coach Rob
4 days ago

Coach Rob, what ever you are smoking, l like to try some! Covid is over, hmm, I believe this morning an alternate on the US Women Gymnastics tested positive, but it’s over? we will see as the week moves along how over it really is!

stop it
Reply to  Little Mermaid
4 days ago

People get the flu all the time. Just dont compete when youre sick. plain and simple. Go back to living life. Dont be afraid of the Rona

Chris
Reply to  Coach Rob
4 days ago

covid is not over, ya dope.

Armchair
Reply to  Coach Rob
4 days ago

Covid is over? Completely absurd comment–and I’m being polite. People are still getting the virus, and of course a new variant is proving dangerous to those who’ve irresponsibly not yet gotten vaccinated.

MKW
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
4 days ago

Good to see Bobo is back! I thought the same thing about the pessimism. I also remember after American trials in 2016 everyone was predicting doom and gloom, Team USA seemed to do ok lol.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
4 days ago

One other variable is the absent crowds. For some athletes, the dialed-down atmosphere (the hush before the 50 free final is a classic pressure cooker) might mean better performances (for example, Ben Proud might do better than usual). For others, the dialed-down atmosphere might negatively impact the adrenaline junkies (Cielo, for example, if he were still swimming, but maybe guys like Peaty might not be as sharp, and the hometown advantage won’t be as great). For the U.S., you figure OTs was maximum pressure, and there weren’t many superfast swims, so I’m not optimistic they’re going to swim much faster across the board. Still, the fact that anyone is remotely near their peak times given this year and the present… Read more »

Chlorinetherapy
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
4 days ago

I was thinking yesterday that I feel most gutted for Rikako Ikee. Would love for her to have experienced the roar of a home crowd as she steps up for the relay, having emerged victorious after her courageous battle with leukaemia.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Chlorinetherapy
4 days ago

Yeah, that would have been very cool.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Chlorinetherapy
3 days ago

Agreed. That would have been a highlight of the Games

cynthia curran
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
4 days ago

This is water polo which is mainly played in California. There are some college programs in other states or high school programs but about 90 percent of the US players are from California. In fact I think it would helped the men if Texas does get better in water polo, so you have a larger pool of players. Irvine got a player on the men’s side.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
4 days ago

Bobo Gigi:

“If my favorites lose to other swimmers, then those swimmers must be doping”

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Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
4 days ago

1. If my favorite swimmers lose, then the winners must be doping

2. If my favorite swimmers lose, then the bubble unfairly targeted my favorite swimmers and benefited only winners.

Excuses flying around even before the games start.

Just wait and watch first, ok.

Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
4 days ago

I’m shocked you didn’t talk about men’s 100 backstroke.
I AM SHOCKED. 🙁

Admin
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
4 days ago

We talked about it more when we came to the 200 back.

Ghost
4 days ago

I don’t understand why Mel thought it was Murphy’s job to question Katie about how she prepared for Trials. Isn’t it the media’s job (Mel) to ask the tough questions!! You can’t throw softballs at Americans all the time!

Chlorinetherapy
4 days ago

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Olav
4 days ago

I think the US is gonna win the men’s 4×100 free relay
Caeleb Dressel: 46 high/47 low
Townley Haas: 47 mid
Blake Pieroni: 47 mid
Zach Apple: 46.5 – 46.8/9

Sam B
4 days ago

I cannot (CANNOT) believe the length and substance of Braden’s monologue about Katie losing to Ariane.

Canuswim
Reply to  Sam B
4 days ago

Do you prefer a US bias twist? Or real comments take them or leave them? Neutral to both US/AUS, I enjoyed this podcast, it was real, factual and exposed many factors that may or may not end up having an significant impact on all results. Exciting!

Robbos
Reply to  Sam B
4 days ago

He was right though!!!!

Sam B
Reply to  Robbos
4 days ago

I think there are two types of Olympic swimmers: superhumans and great swimmers. On some days great swimmers can beat superhumans. But I would still put my money on Katie

Robbos
Reply to  Sam B
4 days ago

While I 100% agree Ledecky is a superhuman, I tend to think after Tokyo, people are going to say the same of Titmus.

Steallos
Reply to  Robbos
3 days ago

Nope.

commonwombat
Reply to  Sam B
3 days ago

The sad reality is that no one remains “superhuman” forever … unless they judiciously get out whilst still on top which many never quite manage.

In cases where they are multi-event champions, its inevitable that their dominance or their scope will contract to their absolute core strengths.

Jamie5678
Reply to  Sam B
3 days ago

If you’re relying on the argument that a swimmer is ‘superhuman’ then, it kind of betrays the fact that you’re aware that the actual empirical evidence is pointing in the opposite direction.

It’s a romantic notion that Ledecky might be able to turn back the clock and that as Gold Medal Mel says she can somehow summon a 3.55 (and even that might not be quite enough).

I’m not American or Australian and so am pretty much unaffiliated. I’m a romantic too and I’d love to see Ledecky go 3.55. Of course, there’s always a chance that it could happen – but part of the romance and appeal of this idea is that the actual evidence suggests it won’t.

123456
Reply to  Sam B
3 days ago

If Ledecky wants to beat Titmus in the 400 at the Olympics, it’s now or never. I don’t care how great of a swimmer ledecky is, she will no longer be at the peak of her career in 2024

Daaaave
4 days ago

Braden is Spock
Mel is Kirk
Coleman is Bones

prove me wrong

Eouai
4 days ago

What are the best non-NBC options to view the Olympics for US audience? Willing to pay for coverage and VPN.

swimapologist
Reply to  Eouai
4 days ago

I don’t have the answer, but I’m just here to find out if this question is 100% about “getting access to someone’s call besides Rowdy.”

Eouai
Reply to  swimapologist
4 days ago

Not at all. Rowdy is not the best but I’m honestly sick of swim swam non stop crying about Rowdy.

Mostly looking for full coverage of the races. Don’t wanna see only the first 200 and last 200 of Ledeckys 1500 😲

Armchair
Reply to  Eouai
4 days ago

Well, NBC might have to cut away to cover BMX bike racing!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Armchair
4 days ago

Not to mention a jillion defying gravity ads with Simone Biles.

Beth S.
Reply to  Eouai
4 days ago

Agree 100%….need to show the rest of the field in the 1500!!

CanSwimFan
Reply to  Eouai
4 days ago

I suggest Canada’s CBC Sports. Livestream and extensive TV coverage of all sports. Watch full races and hear commentary that talks about athletes from different countries. Here’s a link to the CBC Tokyo 2020 page:
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer

Troyy
Reply to  Eouai
4 days ago

Whoever has Nicole Livingstone and it’s not Australia.

Torchbearer
Reply to  Troyy
4 days ago

Doesnt she do the generic ‘host’ broadcast…the one sent out to all the countries with no dedicated swimming commentatrs? Ironic if this is the case, and the non-swim nations get the best commentator!

Troyy
Reply to  Torchbearer
4 days ago

I think that’s likely. I wonder how we can access it? I have a VPN ready to go.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Torchbearer
4 days ago

Nicole & Bruce McEvany are the legendary announcing team for the FINA feeds. First heard them for 2007 Worlds, it was amazing. So it’s a question of who is streaming those feeds directly.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Eouai
4 days ago

I have been watching Worlds, etc. using a VPN. Whenever & wherever you can get Nicole Livingstone & Bruce McEvany, do it. They are the best. If watching CBC, Brittany McLean is also good in the booth. Brit Swimming has great announcers too, very knowledgeable, well spoken, respectful of all the athletes, just uncertain if they will have any duties that override the FINA feed with Nicole & Bruce. See the Giaan Rooney article – she is fantastic as well, yet people in the comments want Nicole regardless. https://swimswam.com/giaan-rooney-hands-over-australian-olympic-commentating-duties-to-leisel-jones/

CanSwimFan
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
3 days ago

Canada’s Byron MacDonald is doing swim coverage for CBC. Excellent commentator/analyst. He knows the sports: former UMich swimmer, an Olympian, long-time University of Toronto coach (coached Kylie Masse), and head coach of the ISL’s Toronto Titans.

Michael Andrew vs. Covid
Reply to  Eouai
3 days ago

Canada CBC. Use VPN to Canada

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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