Previewing Australia vs. USA’s Biggest 2021 Olympic Matchups

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We sat down with world champion, Olympic medalist, and now Australian commentator James Magnussen, who was calling the races poolside in Adelaide at the 2021 Australian Olympic Trials. James gives us insight into what he saw from the Aussie team at Trials as well as his biggest USA vs. AUS matchups heading into the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. Magnussen’s must-see in Tokyo is Ledecky vs. Titmus, where the two distance juggernauts will go head-to-head in 3 events: 200, 400, and 800 free. We also touch on sprinting aces Caeleb Dressel and Kyle Chalmers going at it in the 100 free and current world record-holder Kaylee McKeown racing former fastest-ever in the 100 back, Regan Smith.

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Afrikanman
3 months ago

Caleb rules

Epic swimmer 1
3 months ago

This is going to be epic

kevin
3 months ago

The question is can Australia hold and improve there form going into Tokyo ? Normally we hold our trials 3 months out this time 6 weeks out lets hope this change gets expected positive results

Brownish
Reply to  kevin
3 months ago

This can only better.

nuotofan
Reply to  kevin
3 months ago

At Worlds 2019 (first time of aussie selection made 6 weeks before the main event), Australia performed well: 18 medals overall and 5 golds all in Olympic events (Women 400 and 800 free relay, Men 800 free relay, the Mixed medley relay and Women 400 free won by Titmus). With McKeown and Titmus (but also McKeon) stronger than two years ago, I think that aussie fans should be optimist.

Sub13
Reply to  nuotofan
3 months ago

I am cautiously optimistic. Based on Olympic qualifying times alone Australia would win 12-15 golds, solidly beating our best ever Olympics in Melbourne with 8 gold (Just to be clear I’m not at all expecting such a big medal haul but theoretically that is the ceiling, 8 to equal Melbourne would be incredible). But it’s hard not to be nervous because of the past. Hopefully the change in trials and the fact that Japan is basically the same time zone as Australia will help us perform to full potential.

Last edited 3 months ago by Sub13
Robbos
Reply to  Sub13
3 months ago

Exactly, very excited about the trials results, but at the same time, the train wreck that was RIO.
Cate Campbell choked
Cameron McEnoy choked, but at least covered by King Kyle.
Mitch Larkin, beaten by better swimmer
Emily Seebohm illness
Bronte Campbell Injury.

Miss M
3 months ago

Loved listening to the analysis.

Bring on Tokyo!

Miss M
3 months ago

But Maggie, what did Susie McKeon say when you suggested Emma drop the 200 individually?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Love the podcasts, and can never get enough James Magnussen. Very well spoken, and fun to nerd out on the races and strategy. Will also be interesting to see how Australia handles the double taper, since it is so new to them. Any perspective on how the games and competitiveness will change with the introduction of ISL and swimmers getting to know each other, including being teammates and relay partners?

Sub13
Reply to  Anonymous
3 months ago

Australia had trials at the same distance from Worlds 2019 and it seemed to work well.

Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
3 months ago

Like Maggie said aus had to taper 2 times before the olympics , let’s hope that their recent performances will show up in tokyo with trials’pushed near the OG

Last edited 3 months ago by Eric the Eel > Michael Phelps
Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

I’d like to just cut to the chase on comments by saying Aussie’s suck. Discuss.

caqww
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

ok

Robbos
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

I’m hurt!!!!

Sub13
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

Two common themes among a large number of comments on this site are “who cares about times, all Americans are better than everyone else always forever period” and “who cares about Australia, we know they will crumble on the day”. It’s kind of sad really.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

boring. at least make it funny/interesting like smith-king-huske-manuel or mike in dallas

Last edited 3 months ago by Old Man Chalmers
commonwombat
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

Is Ol’ Longhorn just “all hat, no cattle” ?

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