Luca Urlando Gets Coaching from Michael Phelps: GMM presented by

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Luca Urlando is one of swimming’s biggest rising stars, winning his first national title in the 200 butterfly at the 2019 National Championships.  Luca’s been turning heads for awhile, but his 1:53.8 200 fly at the Clovis Pro Swim in June, breaking Michael Phelps’ legendary 17-18 National Age Group Record, seemed to capture everyone’s attention–even Michael Phelps. Phelps DMed Luca and offered a little coaching advice.

See Luca’s 1:53.8 200 fly NAG race video here.

If you have Michael Phelps messaging you personally, you’re becoming a star. Period.

Urlando is back in the pool for World Junior Championships, swimming a full schedule, including the 200 fly.


I think Urlando goes off at Jr Worlds, taking titles in…
100 fly – 51.5
200 fly – 1:52.5
200 free – 1:46.5

But who cares what I think.  What do you think? 

Follow Luca Urlando on Instagram here.



This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of, a Swimming News website.

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Love the predictions, gonna rock somebody off the national team at the very least

The michael phelps caterpillar



51.5 over the Russian?

Mel doesn’t run his predictions by us first…so he speaks for himself lol.

Minakov is definitely the favorite in the 100. If Luca wins with a 51.5, I’d be surprised. I’d be less surprised if Luca went faster than 51.5.

Gold Medal Mel

Luca gets Phelps bump for the win

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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