With an extra year until the next Summer Olympic Games comes an extra year of hype, excitement, and build-up for what races may come to pass when Tokyo finally rolls around July 2021.
We reported last month how our once speculative idea of a 100m fly battle between American Caeleb Dressel and Aussie Kyle Chalmers may actually come to pass, as the latter is adding his rapidly-improving event to his Olympic Trials lineup.
“The butterfly was my event growing up, it’s sort of just faded away as I got better at freestyle. I’m working hard at it now and I want to be able to do it on the big stage,” is what 100m freestyle Olympic champion Chalmers said mid-April about his new goal. You can read more about this endeavor here.
But getting to the point where Chalmers can start rivaling his best times is only now starting to take shape. South Australia is just now allowing athletes to get back to organized training, with the 21-year-old just now able to train in small groups. He’s pairing ‘big pool’ time with training in his shipping container pool situated in his own backyard. You can read more about that set-up here.
Of his home-based pool, Chalmers told The Olympic Channel, “Essentially it’s just a six meter by two and a half meter wide swimming pool. It’s above ground and it’s got a big jet that I swim against.
“I don’t want to lose my feel for the water and this was the best option. The pool will be in my backyard until the Olympic Games in 2021, so I’m very, very fortunate to have that opportunity as well.”
Going back to Dressel, Chalmers points to the American sprinter’s success as extra motivation for himself heading into the next year.
“It motivates me massively, but I also see Caleb as such a good friend of mine now. Even through this period we’ve spoken, and he even invited me over to train with him because he’s been able to train right through. There’s not one thing he does that you can possibly dislike.
“His skills are unbelievable. He’s got the better start, and probably the best turns the world’s ever seen. Whereas my skills aren’t overly great. We swim it differently. But you know, that last five meters is where the dog fight is, and that’s that’s the part of the race I love. I just want to get my hand on the wall first.”
Catch more of Chalmer’s thoughts in the interview here.