Hunter Armstrong Talks Journey From Being Last in Practice to 2021 Olympian

One of USA’s newest Olympians from last week’s trials was Hunter Armstrong, the 20-year-old Ohio native who swims for Ohio State. Armstrong is a self-titled “late bloomer” and until high school would often be last in practice, getting beat by male and female teammates alike. Armstrong talks about his journey through this stage and eventually reaching the next level, his motivation being getting to go to a training trip with his team in Florida (Video from 2019 Summer Jr Nationals)

Since then, Armstrong’s star has continued to rise, swimming well for West Virginia his freshman season, then transferring to Ohio State to be closer to home and having continued success during the NCAA season his sophomore year (2020-2021). During long course season of this year, he went to the pro swim in Indianapolis and dropped a 53.7 100m back, a PR by 1 second. Armstrong came into the 2021 US Olympic trials with a ton of momentum and it paid off, making the 2021 Olympic team by touching 2nd in the 100 back with a huge personal best of 52.4.

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GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Nothing but greatness for the GOAT

Dressel_42.8
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

THE MAGIC MAN

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

You should have seen him turn a card into a watch

Yepsir
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

when’s the wedding?

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Brothers, what we do in life… echoes in eternity.” – Probably Hunter Armstrong

Jake fr State Farm
1 month ago

My goodness, what a breath of fresh energy this dude brings to the show. Dover & Buckeye Nation are so stoked for you.

Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
1 month ago

He’s aiming for a 47.2 in tokyo (and yes its on the 100 back )

Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
1 month ago

46.8

BillyBob
Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Fukuoka
1 month ago

12.3 hurr durr hurr durr

J M
Reply to  Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
1 month ago

I didn’t know they were swimming SCY in Tokyo

BillyBob
1 month ago

I really like this guy. What an amazing story! I’m a little annoyed by the Dean Farris like comments from certain commenters about him though. They aren’t very funny and just feel like they’re trying to force another Dean Farris meme. Great job though Hunter!

He said what?
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Down votes or not, I agree with you.

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

I have to agree that it isn’t funny anymore. But Hunter is definitely going one to watch for the coming years, he seems to drop time every time he jumps in the water.

BillyBob
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Agreed. Late bloomers are some of the best stories possible. He gives hope to so many swimmers out there. He’s like a male version of Erika Brown.

SwimmerNews
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

He is a hard core trumper refusing to get vaccinated

fairisfair
Reply to  SwimmerNews
1 month ago

Interesting take…so you either have direct knowledge of this and he mis-took you as a friend so shame on you, or you have no idea what you’re talking about so you should keep your mouth shut…either way, isn’t it a personal choice anyway? Hateful people suck!

Biden won fair n square
Reply to  SwimmerNews
1 month ago

and this matters in swimming because…????

BillyBob
Reply to  SwimmerNews
1 month ago

That just makes me like him more. Young people shouldn’t get vaccinated. The inventor of mRNA vaccine technology was on a 3 hour podcast about it. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-save-the-world-in-three-easy-steps/id1471581521?i=1000525032595

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Runnergrl37
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

It’s not even funny lol. It’s like an inside joke only three people laugh at

Male
1 month ago

*We’ve all been beaten by females in workout.

KSW
1 month ago

King 🙌 👑

deepblue
1 month ago

22:05 “He wasn’t very good in high school… credit to his hs coach for getting him on the junior national team though”
Bruh if he really wasn’t very good in hs, must’ve been some serious magic by his coach to get him on those teams!

Jethro
Reply to  deepblue
29 days ago

He was 20.14 and 44.27 at state, 2nd only to Adam Chaney; not to shabby. He then lit up summer jrs at Stanford, not exactly totally unheard of

Swim2021
Reply to  Jethro
29 days ago

Compare that to his junior and sophomore year times. Summer before his senior year was when he really started training. But the Fort Lauderdale meet he mentioned is a very convincing meet. They used to have an entire day dedicated to activities where they’d rent a banana boat, jet skis, kayaks, etc.

Xman
1 month ago

Wow how good is his team if he was just making Jr Nationals and getting lapped by everyone?

Also about these Magic Tricks 👀👀

CCS swammer
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Fantastic. I swam with him at CCS. the backstroke group that year was him, an ASU commit, a penn st commit, and a bama commit. All in all we had 6 D1 commits in the pool just on the mens side.

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