Dressel Will Go To Training Camp Right After World Champs: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

SwimSwam went behind the scenes at the Speedo photo shoot for their global release of the new Fastskin LZR Pure Intent and Fastskin LZR Pure Valor.  At the shoot we caught up with Olympic and World Champion Caeleb Dressel.

Dressel prefers this period of time now, when the big taper meet is far off and he can focus on training.  In terms of his training cycle, Dressel indicated 2019 is a ramp-up year for the Olympics, but no less important, saying “Worlds is just as big a focus as the Olympics. It’s the same competition… But the ultimate goal is the Olympics.” Dressel shared he would be going to a training camp right after World Championships to start his Olympic cycle of work.

Swim fans were awed by Dressel’s 2017 World Championships performance.  The summer of 2018 proved to be a challenging time for Dressel, though we now know he suffered a motorcycle injury, an important piece of information he did not share ahead of U.S. Nationals and Pan Pacific Championships.

My Dressel predictions for 2018 were far off, based entirely on his 2017 success. For World Championships this summer, I would be happy to see Dressel notch a PB in any event.  I do think a Dressel PB could result in him dipping under a super-suited era world record. I’d love to see either of these:

Dressel has the potential to unleash another performance like ’17 Worlds, but I think this year’s more about rebuilding confidence.   What do you think? 

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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2017 Worlds = Mizuno
2018 Nats and Pan Pacs = Lzr

Coincidence? I think not.


What I really want to see is a jaw-dropping (not necessarily world-leading) 200 LCM IM and a 200 LCM free. This could put him in the talks for a 200 IM gold and a 4 x 200 free gold in Tokyo. Although both are tough tasks with Kalisz and Hagino in the IM and a Phelps-less 4 x 200 free relay.

I just think back to 08 and what a magical time it was just thinking 8 golds was even remotely possible for MP.

5-6 golds is a very realistic goal, but if all the stars align, and he adds to his arsenal of events, who knows what is possible




About Phelps: 8 golds would have been a reality already at Worlds 2007 without the heat DQ of Usa medley relay, so I don’t agree that ” in 2008 what a magical time it was just thinking 8 golds was even remotely possible for MP”. Obviously the obstacles to complete such an historical enterprise were there and were high (400 free relay, goggles filled with water in the 200 fly final, a fresh Cavic with full LZR and MP tiredness in the 100 fly, great opponents like Cseh and Lochte..). About Dressel: fantastic performances at Worlds 2017 in 50 and 100 free and 100 fly and relays swum. At Olympics would have been 6 golds, considering the mixed relay just… Read more »

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name

Unless the Olympic schedule changes, no chance he does 200 IM in Tokyo. Have a night with the 50 semi/100 fly semi/200 IM final that deep in the meet isn’t tenable, especially for a guy who will be on a ton of relays.


The 800 free relay is certainly possible (and arguably even likely). He actually qualified to swim it (at least in the heats) in Budapest, but the coaches asked him to defer so they could keep him fresh for the other relays.

The 200 IM though, I just don’t see it. The schedule doesn’t really favor work in his favor, and Dressel just has not shown he has quite the endurance in LCM to post a top 2 American time let alone something that would put him in the hunt for Olympic gold.

Ol' Longhorn

I think the stars will have to align for him to win 5-6 golds. His events are pretty unforgiving, and there will always be a Schooling waiting to swim his one big event (yes I realize he also got dead last in the semis of the 100 free, too) while Dressel plows through relays and three rounds of his individuals. He’s a legit favorite only in the 100 fly at this point, unless he shows the form he had at Worlds 17. I’m not a Dressel hater, but for LCM, he and Troy have only figured it out for one meet together.


So great to see him happy and ready to grind. Dudes moving along to the beat of his own drum.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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