Cesar Cielo Gives Personal Account on Defining Moments of his Career

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges 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 Olympic champion and world record-holder Cesar Cielo to talk about his career, where it’s at, and where it has been. Cesar recounts many of his highlights, taking extra care to give details on his time at Auburn alongside sprinter greats like Fred Bousquet, George Bovell, and Matt Targett. He recalls the power work they did on Monday and Friday mornings as well as the competitive environment he was a part of with this group.

Cielo also dives deep into his experience at the 2008 Olympics, admitting that mentally he was in quite a bad place heading into the 100 free and was quite sure he had missed the final after his semi-final swim. However, once he made the final in lane 8, he was able to pivot in a more positive direction, yielding him a bronze in that race and Olympic gold in the 50 free just days later.


Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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1 year ago

No questions about furosemide? Disappointed

1 year ago

This was one of the most insightful interviews of a swimmer I truly idolized growing up. His insights and stories are really incredible.

Congrats on a fantastic career Cesar Cielo. Your perspective is a great one. Brazil is lucky to have you in the swimming world and mentoring the next generation.

1 year ago

So bottom line is… he’s retired!

And man, he completely shoved the coach who made him an olympic champion and world record holder… cringe…

1 year ago

Guys, anyone know what happened between Cesar and Brett Hawke in 2010, as Cesar left him?

Seems like they don’t talk to each other and he didn’t want to come to his podcast.

Reply to  Peaty
1 year ago

I don’t know.

But anybody who’s spent more than 10 minutes around Brett probably has the same guess as I do.

Reply to  Peaty
1 year ago

Yeah I’m also surprised Cielo hasn’t been on Hawke’s podcast despite lauding him in every interview!

Mr Piano
Reply to  Peaty
1 year ago

Brett told Nathan Adrian that he told Cielo in 2010 that the goal should be trying to be consistent over many years like Popov, instead of trying to improve on his 20.91 50 free wr. Cielo didn’t like that and left him

Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

I think, there’s something more than that.

1 year ago

Great interview!

Thanks Coleman

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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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