Caeleb Dressel Speaks On Olympic Pressure & Future in People Magazine Interview

Last week, in its annual Sexiest Man Alive issue, People Magazine named Olympic gold medalist and World Record holder Caeleb Dressel as the sexiest Olympian. Dressel was on a short list of athletes that included out fellow Florida Gator and Team USA gold medalist Bobby Finke, American skateboarder Nyjah Houston, American track and field sprinter Noah Lyles, and British diver Tom Daley.

Dressel won 5 gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, 3 in individual events, bringing his career total to 7 Olympic medals, all gold.

In People‘s feature on Dressel the two-time Olympian opens up about the pressure he put on himself in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic Games as well as his outlook now that the Games are (finally) past. Like every athlete who competed in Tokyo, Dressel had to endure the one-year delay of the Games brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dressel makes a point to address the role that his mental health plays in his ability to compete at the highest level of the sport, as well as how important it will be for him to prioritize his mental health in the years ahead. Dressel, who is 25-years-old, does not want his career to end early. In fact, Dressel states that he hopes to still be wearing a Speedo at the age of 60–whether that means Dressel will someday rewrite the Masters Swimming record books or simply swim laps as a means to stay fit, he does not say. Swimming, of course, is just one part of Dressel’s life, and states that he hopes to continue learning how to be a better husband, son, brother, and dog owner as he gets older.

Dressel also reveals that he was once insecure about being a swimmer and wearing a Speedo since swimming was not as “cool” as the sports his peers did.

“I had the glasses, I wasn’t in a cool sport, I was super skinny, lanky, so, of course, that’s the perfect concoction for being a pretty big weirdo about yourself,” states Dressel.

Some more quotes from the People Magazine interview are included below.

“That’s the biggest goal after coming back from Tokyo: being able to breathe,” says Dressel. “I think I overdid it, to be honest. I got great results, but I think it was to a fault. Because I drove myself crazy and I don’t think that’s fair to myself. I don’t want to end up leaving the sport early or hating it because I didn’t give myself time to respect the water and I feel like the water has always respected me. I would like to prioritize myself a little bit more instead of swimming.”

Regarding his long-term outlook on swimming and life in general, Dressel says:

“I’m 25 at the moment, maybe I’ll have it figured out when I’m 30. Probably not. Maybe when I’m 40. Maybe when I’m like 60, that would be cool,” Dressel told People. “I would hope by then I would have it figured out and I just be a super happy guy who’s still swimming. I hope I’m still wearing Speedos when I’m 60. I know I got a long way to go, but I’ve enjoyed it thus far.”

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Sir Swimsalot
10 months ago

One quote I’ll never forget at national select camp was “you are not a swimmer, you are a person who swims.” Seems to be what Dressel is going through

whever
10 months ago

So will he compete in ISL playoff at all? Sounds like he need more time off.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  whever
10 months ago

If you were facing getting your ass handed to you by Chalmers, you’d probably skip it too.

Redhawk
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

Or he just doesn’t give a s*** about some ISL swimming when he’s too busy keeping all those golds from this summer clean.

Ghost
10 months ago

I am not keen on the new format! Why the change?

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Ghost
10 months ago

So we don’t have to scroll 392089502859085 times to read the comments

Troyy
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
10 months ago

Back to overloading the servers with comment refreshes.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ghost
10 months ago

They already changed it back lol

Big mac #1
10 months ago

Why is this not with murph? #snubbed

Last edited 10 months ago by Big mac #1
Dressel is a genetic freak
Reply to  Big mac #1
10 months ago

Because your murph can’t swim 17.6 in the 50 free and win it by a full second and make D1 sprinters look pedestrian.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Dressel is a genetic freak
10 months ago

also caeleb hotter

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Dressel is a genetic freak
10 months ago

what is with you and the word pedestrian

Titmus will go 3:54 in Fukuoka
Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
10 months ago

Pedestrian is how Ledecky looked compared to Titmus in the 200 free last summer.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Titmus will go 3:54 in Fukuoka
10 months ago

Pedestrian is how you look rn

caeleb’s leg sleeve tat
Reply to  Titmus will go 3:54 in Fukuoka
10 months ago

peepeepoopoo

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
10 months ago

10/10 reccomend you guys watch the video shoot he made for people

Last edited 10 months ago by Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
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10 months ago

a total speedo commercial

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