Flashback to Junior World Championships With Michael Andrew (VIDEO)

Michael Andrew posted a new video to his YouTube channel this morning.  Andrew interviewed teammates and competitors from Junior World Championships, asking what their most memorable moment was and what they learned from the meet. We get to see behind the scene footage from the pool, hotel, dinner room, and on the bus.

Most interviewed noted that their teammates were the biggest part of their World Junior Championship experience. “What really will stick with me,” Andrew reflected at the end of the video from his home in Kansas, “is the incredible support from the Team USA staff and my teammates. You guys know I train alone, I race alone apart from being with my family all the time. It was huge for me to go into a setting that was so, not foreign, but just something I don’t get to experience very often. To feel super welcome was incredible.” “My second night of racing was terrible,” “I felt like I was prepared to handle it,” Andrew admitted regarding his heavy schedule of races. Andrew remembered that after his 50 breast final he sat down and called his parents. Instead of dwelling on a rough night of racing he stayed positive and finished the meet in World Junior Record fashion (x6). Andrew learned to stay “determined, positive and focused.” “Once your race is over, assess what you can and then focus on the next thing.”

Michael Andrew took a short break to relax before getting back to the grind. Andrew spent the past week and half jet skiing and wake surfing at a friends cabin. Andrew started his season up this past Wednesday, “we are training for something that you guys are going to find very very hard to believe”.

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marklewis
4 years ago

As a pro swimmer, how much $ is MA making? Or is he still waiting for his big payoff if/when he starts winning at the biggest meets?

Is he planning for a life after swimming? That ended up being MP’s problem (and might still be his problem).

crooked donald
Reply to  marklewis
4 years ago

Post-swimming plans for MA include racing a shark, maybe taunt an MMA guy who lost a boxing match into a race, maybe some drinking and gambling. Oh, somewhere in there, after a couple DUIs, he’ll carry the flag in the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Wait —- all that’s already been done.

cynthia curran
Reply to  marklewis
4 years ago

Phelps had a lot of business interest like a spa and swim products. Swimmers have done all kinds of jobs like teaching, management, postal worker.

Steve Nolan
4 years ago

He set records in the 50 fly, back and free, right? (Honest question, might’ve missed stuff idk.)

But assuming I’m right, that’s breaking three records. Get outta here with that record inflation just because you broke it in prelims and then went faster in semis/finals.

Headlines saying ADAM PEATY BREAKS 2 WORLD RECORDS AT WORLDS would be lame and misleading given that it was only in the 50 breast, ya know?

Teddy
Reply to  Steve Nolan
4 years ago

Steve, this comment is lame

samuel huntington
Reply to  Teddy
4 years ago

lame

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Teddy
4 years ago

Wait, really? I mean, I’m very lame, but I HAVE A GOOD POINT AND IT MUST BE RESPECTED.

You’d be totally on board seeing a “PEATY BREAKS TWO WRs!!” splashed all over newspapers, even though it only refers to one event? Like, what is Katie Ledecky, a 300 time world record holder? WHERE WILL THE MADNESS STOP.

I defend plenty of what MA does, but naht this.

Swimmer1
Reply to  Steve Nolan
4 years ago

I agree with you. I very much respect MA bouncing back after the 200 IM. Showed big time guts however, we all watched or at least read what happened. To point out your own accomplishments is tacky. Be humble.

crooked donald
Reply to  Steve Nolan
4 years ago

Having never broken a world record except for slothfulness, I can see how it would pretty heckin’ exciting to do the best time anyone has ever done in that category, even if it was prelims and finals.

gregor
4 years ago

He needs to join a squad, nobody can hope to be world class training at home in a 25yd pool

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  gregor
4 years ago

To be fair it’s a 25m pool.

Dudeman
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
4 years ago

ooooooh wow 25m!!! well never mind then he can stay home

Finn
4 years ago

Cool kid… and awesome job, Trey Freeman!

Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

MA broke 6 WJR during this meet, yet trains alone; that is really impressive, especially since it was done in 3 different strokes. Most top level swimmers like Phelps and Ledecky are notorious for racing other swimmers during practice, so MA is somewhat training somewhat blind. The USRPT is very technical, so I guess he should have some idea of where he is at. He has certainly developed world class speed. Now it will be fascinating to see if he can bring his success to the 100s where it counts.

Crazytalk
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

Wait. Did you just kinda sorta compare Michael Andrew to Phelps? Because last I checked, Phelps deserves to be in a class of his own. And since you mentioned it, no. Phelps did not have anyone to “race” during training. I mean… who would that be to challenge him? He won EVERY gold medal at the flipping Olympics. He raced himself. He had to challenge himself. Paaa-leeez!

crooked donald
Reply to  Crazytalk
4 years ago

You’re obviously talking 2008 and earlier, because after that, Kalisz, Agnel, Dwyer and others all kicked Phelps’ butt in practice, that is when he went to practice. See Bowman’s recent talk at ASCA.

CheddaShredda
Reply to  Crazytalk
4 years ago

From the book No Limits by Phelps he talks about how Erik Vendt was an absolute monster in practice and it was not uncommon for him to beat Phelps on sets

Ryan
4 years ago

Nice work MA!!

Murica
4 years ago

Woo just me or does it sound like hes getting his 400 IM training started????

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Murica
4 years ago

I think he’s decided to focus solely on 25s.

Zanna
Reply to  Murica
4 years ago

Open water

crooked donald
Reply to  Murica
4 years ago

Nope. Dancing with the Stars.

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