Chris Mooney on Olympic Experience with Kaylee McKeown, Dean Boxall

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We sat down with Chris Mooney, who is set to take over as the head coach at Bond University starting in October. Mooney details his Olympic summer as the primary coach for triple gold medalist Kaylee McKeown, from trials to training camp to the Games themself. Mooney divulges that he and Dean Boxall had a mini training camp ahead of the official Olympic camp with both of their athletes in attendance. He talks about the fun he has with Boxall on deck and some of the sets that dropped both of their jaws during the camp.

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STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

The explanation given for withdrawing from the 200IM was that the competition was “hot” but almost everyone would agree the competition was actually shallow. It’s been obvious for some time that Katinka Hosszu is past her best. The American girls did nothing spectacular at their trials. There didn’t appear to be anyone who could be described as “hot” Natsumi Hoshi ended up swimming pretty close to her PB but her time was slower than McKeown’s time from trials. There is no way of knowing for certain but I think McKeown would have won the 200IM and given the schedule it wouldn’t have compromised her other races.

Joel
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

At the end of a long week – it was 9 days – the relays may have been affected.

Troyy
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

I’d prefer she experimented with a larger schedule at Worlds instead of the Olympics.

Corn Pop
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

When you are a triple Olympic Gold Medallist , you can about doing some other events occasionally. Its just nice that you are also ranked 1in them . What a place to be!

Last edited 1 month ago by Corn Pop
Troyy
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

I’ve listened to the podcast now and I think he’s referring to the 100 back when he says the competition is hot so I guess he didn’t want Kaylee to swim the 200 IM heats the night before the 100 back final and have her nice and rested for the final instead.

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

It took 2.12.21 to make the last 16 in the 200IM. That’s a training time for her. With a night’s rest it wouldn’t have taken much, if anything, out of her for the 100BK final.

Simmons
1 month ago

Would have liked to have heard Mooney’s take on Alex Baumann’s departure from Swim AUS, on Baumann’s win-at-all-cost “high-performance” culture, professed militarism of coaches like Boxall, weighing of athletes, etc. and other Swim AUS “cultural” issues now under review by AUS independent all-female panel. Also funny that Mooney wryly details Boxall’s frozen sleep position habits, since Boxall on B. Hawke podcast admitted to having (ineffectively) taken sleeping pills following Olympics–a strange admission given AUS’ notorious Stilnox incident at a prior Olympics. 

Corn Pop
Reply to  Simmons
1 month ago

You forgot his coffee! . I too have several machiattos before 7 am . 2 trays of 3 little cups. I agree 6 is too much & I let my dog drink the 6th.

It gives him an extra boost on his beach walk. You seem like you need to have 1 or 2 or 5. Or perhaps you need some meds.

Loria
Reply to  Corn Pop
1 month ago

I think,unfortunately for him, the world got its fill of old Deano. Whether it’s the coffee or the sleeping pills, he sure has verged into obsessive self-parody with his swimmer-as-warrior shtick. He’s up, he’s down, he’s the Judy Garland of SPW!

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