It’s been rough sledding for the Australian Olympic swim team: after a somewhat-disappointing Olympic meet, Cate Campbell announced a hernia surgery, Bronte Barratt and Madison Wilson were hospitalized for pneumonia and now 100 free gold medalist Kyle Chalmers has also been hospitalized.
A Yahoo News report quotes Chalmers as saying he was sick for the last three days in Rio, half-jokingly terming them “not the best days of my life.”
The 18-year-old Chalmers was reportedly hospitalized for pneumonia before flying home from Rio, but is now back in the Land Down Under. The Yahoo News video shows Chalmers visiting schoolmates at Immanuel College.
Chalmers, who previously played Australian rules football in addition to swimming and is still “an AFL fanatic” (to use the verbage of the Yahoo report), was presented with a signed football, and the school extended an invitation to him to play with the school team over the weekend.
“If I ran out there and played another five minutes, I’d double my career,” Chalmers said with a grin – he eventually gave up the sport to focus solely on swimming. And swimming fans worried the Olympic champ might renege on his swimming-only commitment can rest easy, as Chalmers downplayed the likelihood he’d take the school up on its offer.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “I don’t think I’m well enough.”