In an interview with Gold Medal Mel Stewart, co-founder of SwimSwam and Olympic gold medalist, the team from “The Water Is My Sky” documentary asked a heavy question.
“Is swimming fair?”
Gold Medal Mel responded with an anecdote from his days in swimming. Watch the short clip above to listen in on his thoughts about the fairness (or unfairness) of the sport of swimming.
Mel Stewart won the gold medal in the 200 butterfly competing for the United States at the 1992 Olympic Games. There, he also won gold in the 400 medley relay as a prelims swimmer and collected a bronze as a part of the 800 free relay. He swam the fastest split in the final out of the four American legs of the 800 relay.
“The Water Is My Sky” is a documentary about the sacrifices and journeys of elite swimmers, and offers a perspective on the athletic careers of Tom Wilkens and Connor Jaeger, two swimmers who went from average swimmers in high school to Olympians in a short span of time. You can check out the documentary’s website right here.