Garrett Reports: SwimSwam News for Thursday July 12th

  24 Garrett McCaffrey | July 11th, 2012 | Featured, International, London 2012 Olympics, News, SwimSwam Video News

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  1. don says:
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    Looks like Clary deleted those tweets and suspended his FB acct..Probably a good idea to lower his profile.

    Any chance you guys will get interviews or pictures from training camp? As far as the relay, when would they decide the line up and is it based on the feel they get watching who is or isn’t swimming well at camp?

  2. ZYNG43 says:
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    Clary really isn’t very smart is he? Seems to talk himself up alot… saying he wasn’t threatened by Phelps in the 400 im. I’m sure he has been advised on how to deal with interviews… Not sure why he would bash PHELPS of all people right now.

  3. ZYNG43 says:
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    Also I feel that he wasn’t really sick before the IM at Trials… seemed sort of like an excuse. He will get his a** handed to him in London by Phelps among others. Wish he would at least be a good teammate.

  4. BigShark says:
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    Clary is just so charming… what an idiot

  5. LS says:
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    http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/swimming/story/_/id/8160565/2012-olympics-michael-phelps-downplays-tyler-clary-comments-work-ethic

    At least Phelps cares enough about the TEAM to brush it aside, even though Clary deserves some harsh words if you ask me.

  6. ZYNG43 says:
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    Good for phelps… He kicks Clary’s a** anyways!!

  7. drdov says:
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    Great, now every news conference is gonna harp on about this clary comment
    Way to go a**hole
    LIke Phelps wants now to deal with this crap
    If i was head coach i would send this clary guy home for causing rift and disruption of team usa

  8. Lauren N says:
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    Clary is NOT the brightest star in the sky….

  9. Justin Thompson says:
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    Just when you start rooting for Clary because he isn’t as talented as Phelps and Lochte but is a workhorse he goes and says something stupid like this and reveals a fair bit of jealousy towards Phelps in the process. It would be one thing if he had actually swam in an Olympics before and even won a medal of any color, but the guy is a scrub in retrospect. Crying about Phelps deciding to swim the 400IM like he should just step aside and let the number #3 swimmer have the slot. You know after the 2009 World Championships when Cavic talked all that smack that this is nothing to Phelps, but imagine the pressure Clary will have on him in that 200 Fly, where there’s a chance he may not even final let alone medal.

  10. AnotherSwimmingFan says:
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    People are giving Clary such a bad time for this. We all understand that it was a mistake for him to do this, but who can blame him? He was being honest. I think that people who say “grow up Clary” haven’t had very many situations in their lives where they saw someone work much less than they did and earn far more. Team USA has done a good job in doing damage control and moving on, but the media and countless Internet users will continue to label Clary as a crybaby. Honestly, I think Clary was saying what a lot of Olympic-level athletes are thinking. “Why can’t I beat this guy even though I give up everything for a chance to win?” Heck, there’s a good chance Lochte will be thinking that exact thought after the 200 IM.

    I’m going to keep rooting for Team USA in London, and I hope Tyler and Michael both get on the podium in 2fly.

    • lsswim says:
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      So what if what he said was true? You don’t say things like that about your team mates! I am pretty sure we have all at some point had that team mate who didn’t work as hard, but was always faster. In my case there were several, but you don’t just call them out and cause a rift. You suck it up and focus on yourself and your swimming, not what someone else is doing. So yes, Clary is a crybaby and I do say grow up. Suck it up and support your team mates.

      • Liliana says:
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        I think it’s pretty amazing that someone can swim fast without training too much. It’s something called ‘God given talent’ and it’s a rare sight these days. It’s like when you watch a talented painter draw a portrait in 5 min without even trying, or when you listen to Adele sing. You don’t ask yourself if Adele sings 6 hours a day at home or not at all. You just relax and enjoy. The same with Michael Phelps. Relax and enjoy his swimming, his amazing butterfly, while you can. You’ll probably never see another one like him …

        • Liliana says:
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          This was written as a reply to @come on

        • Braden Keith says:
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          Another analogy is watching a magician. Is it more fun to sit and watch a magic show and be amazed, or is it more fun to spend the whole time trying to figure the secret behind the tricks? Probably depends largely on perspective.

    • LS says:
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      How can you say Phelps earned his spot and but doesn’t deserve it.That’s a contradiction. I didn’t see Clary take 3-4 trips to Colorado Springs to bust his ass this year. Clary has plenty of extracirrciular activities outside the pool (which he should) that lead me to believe he doesn’t eat, breath, sleep swimming as he’d have you believe.

  11. Come on says:
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    Honestly what Clary said was true, just because Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals four years ago, that was FOUR YEARS AGO. That doesn’t make him greater than God now, he doesn’t work hard, he really doesn’t want, and it is a real shame that someone can swim fast without training hard, but lets he real. Michael Phelps obviously got his spot on the team because he earned, but he sure as hell does not deserve it.

  12. really? says:
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    Anyone who thinks Phelps didn’t work hard leading up to Beijing is an idiot. Remember this is the guy who didn’t take a day off for what, 5 or 6 years? The media went wild over how many calories he had to consume just to keep up. I think he deserved a break after the greatest Olympic swimming performance in history. He will be prepared for London and will leave the most decorated Olympian ev. USA! USA! USA!

    • LS says:
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      Apparently Clary’s word wipes out all the words of Phelps’ other training partners who have said other wise. I believe swim swam has a video of young Chase Kaliz saying Phelps is the best training partner anybody could ask for. So many other swimmers have commented on how training with Phelps has made them swim faster, but Clary lets his jealousy out and suddently MP is a slacker? Completely crazy.

      • Koko says:
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        Erik Vendt and Davis Tarwater, who were also at Michigan in 2007/2008, have been quoted as saying similarly to Chase. But hey, maybe Phelps paid them all to say that…yeah, I don’t think so either.

  13. Koko says:
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    What’s been said has been said, can’t be taken back (though apparently Clary tried to have it retracted). Clary and Phelps have talked over it, and whether or not what they said yesterday is how they truly feel about the situation now, they seem to be trying to move on with things and concentrate on London. And whatever we fans believe is the truth or not, it’s probably about time we let this thing blow over too.

    • Swim Ma says:
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      The wonderful thing with swimming is you swim your own race.If you feel you deserve to win more than someone else, you have an opportunity to prove that.Get in the water and do it.Natural talent is just that, and training may enhance it, but you can’t take it away.
      Stop worrrying about what someone else does, and take time to turn around and look back at the way you have come….if there are only a handful of people(or one) ahead of you, it is time to pat yourself on the back and say “Wow, I worked hard, I believed in my dream, and look how far I have come.”Then, turn around again look ahead and own the next race.When everyone dives in at the Olympics, no one person owns that race until your hand is on the wall.If this is so important to you,do your best to make sure you are first.If you aren’t first,you should still appreciate that you are at the Olympics with another opportunity to be the best.So many others who worked hard day after day, and year after year, didn’t make it this far.
      Be an example!Stand Proud and be happy for your fellow swimmers for their accomplishments and Stand Proud for your own.

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No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming.After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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