Cody Miller Posts First Vlog Since Pan American Games Silver Medal, DQ

American swimmer Cody Miller had ups and downs at the 2019 Pan American Games, and his latest Vlog post chronicles that journey and the stark contrast of emotions that come with being an elite athlete.

Early in the video, Miller gives a tour of the athlete and fan zones at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. He then races to a silver medal in the 100 breaststroke and (around the 4:45 mark) talks about his emotions after that race. While his time of 59.57 wasn’t a season-best, he focused on the positive in a vlog filmed that night.

“Tonight was a really, really, really fun time. I very much enjoyed myself. Just the feeling of being behind the blocks, about to race, the energy, the atmosphere, the crowd was so energetic and happy to be there,” Miller said in the segment. “Representing Team USA at a high level meet like this, I’ll never take for granted again after missing some teams and having really bad seasons, I just feel like everything I get to do now is icing on top. Although my time wasn’t as fast as I would’ve liked it to be tonight, the time was a little disappointing, but ultimately winning a medal is amazing. Winning a silver medal for myself, my teammates, my country, feels really really good. At the end of the day, how can I be upset with taking home a silver medal for the United States? This experience I’m not going to sour just because this result wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be. Obviously I would’ve loved to win gold, obviously I would’ve loved to have a faster time, but all that aside, I think more important than those things are the experience, and just enjoying everything, enjoying being here.”

After showing us around the dining hall and into his room, (some of his roommates are water polo players), and a real meta moment at 7:40 where someone is holding up a Cody Miller Vlog sign in the stands during a Cody Miller Vlog shot, he gives a rare look behind the blocks in the final of the mixed medley relay at around the 8:30 mark. The excitement and the afterglow of Team USA touching first and winning what they thought was a gold medal.

At that point, the video takes sort of a dark turn. From the post-race chills Miller cuts quickly to a shot of him sitting inside of a church at around the 8:50 mark in the video. A much-more somber Miller appears in front of the camera, where he talks about how much fun he was having in the first half of the meet, and then begins to address the elephant in the room: that the American mixed medley relay was disqualified after touching first in the final after he was called for taking multiple dolphin kicks on his underwater pullout of the breaststroke leg. Team USA says that they have video that disputes the call, but declined to share that video when we asked.

“And then things really went downhill,” Miller said. “I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to even upload a video this week. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use all of the footage that I did shoot for this vlog. But then I realized that despite what happened and despite everything that’s kind of going on with me, I wanted people to see how fun it is, or that I was having. I wanted people to see the joy of winning a medal at a high level meet like this. I wanted to take people through it, I wanted people to experience it.

“And now on the flip side, I want people to see a little bit of the other side as well. And so long story short, I haven’t been doing really well…the last week, has been just terrible and disastrous for me. I’m going to unpack that, I’m going to go into what happened the rest of the meet, I’m going to dive into that stuff and address things that I’ve never really addressed before. But not right now, I will get into that in a few weeks. But right now, I’m going to take a few weeks of vacation…clear my head, and just kind of get away from everything. I really need that personally.”

Miller says that he and his wife Allie are going to spend 2 weeks in South America, climbing mountains, and relaxing, and that he’s going to “stay the hell away from social media.”

He signs off with a commitment to “get through it” and “have some fun,” and promises again to talk about what he’s been dealing with.

Miller launched his vlog in October, 2017 and since then it has grown into a wholly unique and massive property in swimming that gives the deepest behind-the-scenes look at the life of an elite swimmer that the sport has ever had. As of posting, his channel has over 106,000 subscribers, and his most-viewed video (how to blow perfect bubble rings) has 2.4 millions watches. Miller won gold as part of the American medley relay and bronze individually in the 100 breaststroke at the 2016 Olympic Games. After qualifying for the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 World Championships, Miller missed the 2019 team and instead swam at the Pan American Games.

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N80
2 years ago

I hope he’s doing well, he seemed distressed beyond that DQ.

MKW
2 years ago

I think this is a case of seperating the artist from the art. I do appreciate Cody taking the time to put these vlogs together and he provides us with behind the scenes looks that we might not otherwise see. He seems like a genuinely nice guy that wants to share his passion for the sport and life in general.
However, perhaps he should focus on not taking those dolphin kicks and risking the DQ for not only himself but more importantly his teammates on the relay. He has a long history of these infractions and he must know going forward he will be scrutinized so hopefully this can be a turning point for him.

Spectatorn
Reply to  MKW
2 years ago

I have not paying too much attention to the history of Cody’s swimming – had he been dq for multiple dolphin kicks before? Or this is the first time?
if this is the first time he got dq for multiple dolphin kicks, I can see why he or his coach not changing his stroke in the past, and why it is a little harsh for the comment he got.

Biggy
Reply to  Spectatorn
2 years ago

that is the thing. HE HAD MULTIPLE DQS IN THE PAST FOR THE SAME REASON. SCW 2016, and in his collegiate years.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Biggy
2 years ago

“BIGGY” is a great screen name, but I think you might want to go with “ALLCAPS.”

Biggy
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

HAHAHA you cant stop me. just kidding hehe

MKW
Reply to  Spectatorn
2 years ago

2016 worlds, 2016 pro swim series, 2013 NCAAs….not the first time. I like Cody but a swimmer at his level and of his caliber definitely knows what he’s doing. If you’ve been caught before its selfish of you to continue doing this on a relay with 3 other guys that are swimming within the rules. In his individual swim, fine, do whatever you want and risk it but not when your teammates are relying on you

Spectatorn
Reply to  MKW
2 years ago

thanks for the info! now I know.

Marklewis
2 years ago

Does he do the dolphin kicks on purpose or is it just an error in his stroke technique that he needs to fix?

He and his coaches can do some underwater filming to correct his technique so this isn’t an issue for him. It seems like this problem should have been addressed already.

Wondering
Reply to  Marklewis
2 years ago

Yea, like…. after the FIRST time he got DQ’d for this on a national team relay….

JP input is too short
Reply to  Wondering
2 years ago

Or, you know, back at Big Tens when he was in college.

Swimmingabbeys
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

Or it just could maybe be his pathways of communication were built this way by poor technique at a young age and are rearing their heads in pressure situations which is how it works. Btw Peaty does the same small second kick when he pulls his arms on his pullout and no one crucified him for it because it hasn’t been called. Don’t believe me watch the semis from worlds when he set the world record. He does it on both walls.

Jred
Reply to  Swimmingabbeys
2 years ago

Peaty has added it this season.

He hasn’t done extra kicks in the past.

Terpfan
Reply to  Jred
2 years ago

So do you think he’s now “cheating” or not?

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Terpfan
2 years ago

You give the benefit of the doubt when you see it first time. But not when it’s multiple times over a decade

Wondering
2 years ago

Dolphins kicks…..

Blackflag82
2 years ago

I appreciate his vlogs and like what they’re adding to the sport. I don’t appreciate the way he continues to double dolphin kick and put every relay he’s on at risk. If his distress is because of the DQ, well, there’s a really easy fix for that. If his distress is beyond that, then I hope he is able to get some stuff figured out, and get whatever help he needs.

The Unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Blackflag82
2 years ago

So many other top level swimmers do it though – Cody just got caught more than most. Scozzoli is the most blatant I think I have ever seen and he almost never gets caught.

Biggy
Reply to  The Unoriginal Tim
2 years ago

Kitajima i believe is the most blatant in alll of breaststroke history.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Biggy
2 years ago

Also Cameron van der Burgh – who admitted doing dolphin kicks in 2012 which in turn got FINA to make rule changes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5CbyCxf5pQ also https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/cheater-swimming-gold-medalist-admits-taking-illegal-kicks-162450535–oly.html

Spectatorn
Reply to  The Unoriginal Tim
2 years ago

the hard part and the reality is – others are doing it too or worst – is not going to get you off the dq if called 🙁

I hope Cody can get through this mentally as well and his swimming. It is very tough for any swimmer to dq a relay – feeling not just failed yourselves but the team. Hope he learn and move forward from here.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  The Unoriginal Tim
2 years ago

He got caught at Worlds eventually

Blackflag82
Reply to  The Unoriginal Tim
2 years ago

He can do it all he wants in his individual events. But he’s screwing over teammates when he does it on a relay. At his level he should be able to recognize the difference…especially when those two dolphin kicks changed absolutely nothing in terms of place.

Lpman
2 years ago

I think this was especially bitter because deep down he knows this may be his last international team and it ended on a poor note. Not saying it definitely will be, but there’s that chance. I think it will take a sub 59 to make Tokyo and I think it will be hard for him to duplicate his Rio success

Mark
Reply to  Lpman
2 years ago

I like Cody, but have been thinking the same thing. It’s going to be very tough for him to just make the Olympic team next year, and if he does, there would be the question of whether they would trust him to swim on a relay again.
Sport can be cruel sometimes.
He spoke at one of our official’s meetings at TYR Pro Bloomington back in May. One of the things he shared was that before the 100 breast medal ceremony in Rio, his coach Ray Looze got him aside andy told him, “Don’t let his define your life.” Wise words, that seem even more poignant now.
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Benjamin van der Wel
Reply to  Mark
2 years ago

Perhaps. But it’s not over until it’s over and for Cody Miller it’s far from over. Perhaps they’ll be a pivot point in his next blog. See where his head is at.

Meeeeee
Reply to  Lpman
2 years ago

Bulletinboard motivation for Cody

picture
Reply to  Meeeeee
2 years ago

maybe i missed it – but did he congratulate his usa teammates for winning gold in medley ?

Biggy
Reply to  picture
2 years ago

maybe he was too bitter

runnergal42
Reply to  Lpman
2 years ago

I agree with you. I like cody and it’s going to be tough to make the team but I’m hoping he’ll surprise everyone and make it. Whatever happens, I think he’ll have a brilliant career after swimming whether it’s commentating or working as a coach.

Yabo
2 years ago

Honestly the thing that sucks is that he’s so damn likesble and really seems like a hard worker who puts everything into the sport, but it’s hard to root for him when he still does stuff to get relays dqed

Biggy
2 years ago

if he is in distress, then he deserves it. I just dont get why one cannot learn from his past mistakes! or maybe he does it intentionally with the hopes of not getting caught.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Biggy
2 years ago

Dude, you seem to be in more distress than he is. Pump the brakes.

Biggy
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

haha nah im chill. i just dont tolerate cheats, may they be on drugs or on dolphin kicks. very bad for the sport we all love

;kdfjgs;
Reply to  Biggy
2 years ago

if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying

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