Caeleb Dressel Crashed Motorcycle In Late June, Nearly Missed Nats

by Maclin Simpson 223

August 12th, 2018 News

After some head-scratching performances from Olympic gold medalist and 7-time World Champion Caeleb Dressel at the 2018 U.S. National Championships and subsequent Pan Pacific Championships, it now appears as if some degree of explanation has emerged.

During NBC Sports’ tape-delayed broadcast of Pan Pacs Sunday afternoon, Rowdy Gaines‘ longtime on-air partner Dan Hicks announced that Dressel had crashed his motorcycle on a grassy median in late June in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida.

Following the 50 freestyle in Tokyo, where Dressel finished 2nd (21.93) behind American teammate Michael Andrew (21.46), Dressel told NBC Sports’ Ahmed Fareed that “It wasn’t anything too big.” He went on to say, “I had a gentleman pull out in front of me, so I had to avoid him… nothing major [of the injuries]. A few minor things. Other than that, I was fine… I think the accident was as lucky as I could have gotten with it. It maybe, maybe didn’t interfere with my training.”

In regards to riding the motorcycle moving forward, Dressel noted, “A lot of people have put a temporary hold on me… probably a permanent one.”

Individually, Dressel wrapped up Pan Pacs with 1 gold medal (100 fly) and 2 silver medals (50 free, 100 free). However, his times over the last 2 weeks were not at all reflective of his 2017 performances.

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DresselApologist
3 years ago

Everything makes sense again. Happy that hes ok and cant wait for Gwanju!

Bigly
Reply to  DresselApologist
3 years ago

Except his IG feed from the time in question.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Bigly
3 years ago

Appears Bigly aka Ol’ Longhorn has been triggered by this news and/or has been drinking tonight, but he’s in rare form on the Dressel hating.😂🤣

Walter
Reply to  Justin Thompson
3 years ago

It might be a monstrous conspiracy. (Sarcasm)

Bon Jovi
Reply to  Walter
3 years ago

thanks for clarifying Walter

Friuti
3 years ago

Glad he came out of it alright!

Tm71
Reply to  Friuti
3 years ago

Absolutely it could have been career or even life ending. Thank God he is fine and on top of that made the team in all the events he wanted to. I think he will be back to Budapest form next summer

Greg
Reply to  Tm71
3 years ago

But didn’t God make him crash the motorcycle?

Bigly
Reply to  Greg
3 years ago

Dressel needs to go back to the Bible verses no the cheek look.

Anonymous
Reply to  Greg
3 years ago

God has given us free will according to the theology of most Christian denominations.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Driving solo is a the epitome of living free in a free country. If you think that is going to change in America then you should perhaps learn more about the events of the late 18th century.

‘Murica
Reply to  Anonymous
3 years ago

Yessir. The British wanted to force self driving cars onto the colonists too. Wasn’t til some real red white n blue patriots pushed em into the harbor that the colonists answered freedoms call and pushed those brits out. Don’t think we won’t do it again either. Read a book Steve.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Anonymous
3 years ago

Hahaha, a glimpse into the future according to Nolan.😜

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  Justin Thompson
3 years ago

I can see it now. You’ll be allowed a 1200 sq ft home, 3 different outfits, 30oz of water/1200 calories a day, no red meat/gluten/sugars, 50% tax rate, maximum of two children, and if you’re lucky you may even get to create them the old fashioned way. 🙂

Justin Thompson
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
3 years ago

Hahaha, yes when automated cars came into the conversation I was thinking demolition man as well. Stallone had the foresight all the way back in 1993.

anonymous
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
3 years ago

That’s the song in the year 2525 if man is still alive. Anyways it says pick your sons and daughters too.

joe bagodonuts
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
3 years ago

Don’t forget the 3 shells!!!

Swimmer!
Reply to  joe bagodonuts
3 years ago

Lol great reference in the username

Cheatin Vlad
Reply to  Justin Thompson
3 years ago

You are a good sport Nolan. 🙂

Lord Farris
Reply to  Anonymous
3 years ago

I think you’re over reading into it, it’s not a p8litical statement he’s just speaking of the future of self driving cars.

anonymous
Reply to  Lord Farris
3 years ago

I guess. They cars can be made to run on anything.

joe bagodonuts
Reply to  Lord Farris
3 years ago

I know! How dare we think we should be permitted to move about at will. Maybe we can save on airfares, too, by having swimmers in different countries, all swimming from synchronized starter’s . . . um, I was about to say “pistol” but realized that might be, well, a “triggering” event.

Jim C
Reply to  Anonymous
3 years ago

I am sure he could pay Rochester more than Jack Benny does.

AWSI DOOGER
3 years ago

As I posted in the Day 4 results thread, stupid thing happening in Gainesville is not news.

Stupid thing happening involving a motorcycle is borderline cliche

Lord Farris
Reply to  AWSI DOOGER
3 years ago

Someone pulled out in front of him aka it’s in no way his fault?

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Lord Farris
3 years ago

He should have waited for the self driving motorcycle to come along.

Snarky
Reply to  Lord Farris
3 years ago

Bike v car. Car wins every time. Kind of like Rock Paper Scissors. Put the toys away. Time to be professional.

Bigly
Reply to  Lord Farris
3 years ago

Would love to see the actual police report. I have Lochte being robbed at gunpoint stuck in my head.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Bigly
3 years ago

I picture Caleb hitting the car and flying of the bike onto the street ala Tom Cruise in the latest Mission Impossible movie.
https://youtu.be/feootZPAdB0

card
3 years ago

Apparently too young to have learned from Jason (Jay) Williams.

card
Reply to  card
3 years ago

Glad he’s okay, though.

DDias
3 years ago

That explains a lot of his sub-par performances. I wasn’t expecting 3WR´s like many guys were predicting But was expecting a much meet. He will shine again next year.

Nswim
3 years ago

Explains his apparent stiffness during his races, the effects of accidents can be felt on the back and neck for a while afterwards

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Nswim
3 years ago

I had 2 Motorbyke accidents – while living in India & a near front collision with a car as well ( avoided thanks to quick super fast reflexes but i was really on the edge here – i was driving a 500 cc Enfield Bullet – 175 Kgs ) . I literally & magically had no injuries / or serious wounds – just a few bruises and scratches on my skin . But i must say that i felt the side effects on the shocks for about 4,5 weeks It affected temporarily my way of living overall – like the capacity to concentrate or feeling at ease with the body / mind . It truly can also tighten the nervous… Read more »

Gary P
3 years ago

I understand him not wanting to go into too many details on the incident itself, but why all the vagueness about injuries?

Jim C
Reply to  Gary P
3 years ago

It would not be to his advantage to have his rivals know anything about this.

joe bagodonuts
Reply to  Gary P
3 years ago

There may be legal considerations at play, so the less said via interviews the better.

rsgnsf
Reply to  Gary P
3 years ago

As I recall, his experiences with social media in the past have not been overall positive–didn’t he actually quit swimming in his late teens for a year or two because of–it basically sounded like–trolls on his SM? If true, I can understand why he’d be very careful about what he shares with us.
Edit: I did some googling, and it was several months, not year or two…