Michael Andrew meets Michael Phelps – Gold Medal Minute Video


Michael Andrew met Michael Phelps at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa. It wasn’t the first time the two Michaels actually met. They came face to face years ago, when Andrew was teeny tiny, at a Swim With The Stars event.

Michael Andrew met Michael Phelps many years before the Mesa Grand Prix.

Michael Andrew met Michael Phelps many years before the Mesa Grand Prix.

In Mesa, the media asked Michael Phelps and NBAC Coach Bob Bowman about the swimming phenom, particularly about Andrew’s method of training, Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT). Coach Bowman, a big proponent of laying a base of aerobic work,  said USRPT has great qualities, but it’s merely one part of a whole. Bowman would not train his athletes USRPT all of the time.  Both Bowman and Phelps added that they are happy for Andrew’s success and curious to see how he performs in long course meters.

Andrew went 23.08 in the 50 meter freestyle and 24.4 in the 50 meter butterfly (a time trial) in Mesa. After several weeks of vacation and very little time in the pool training, Andrew returns to elite competition at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte. Andrew shared that while he’s been thin on training since Mesa, he hopes his 50 speed will be there. Andrew’s gunning for a sub 23 second 50 meter free and a 24 low in the 50 meter butterfly.

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com.


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6 years ago

Andrew makes Phelps look small… That kid is enormous…

6 years ago

Who is this young man Michael Andrew that you speak of? Is he new to the swimming scene? Always fun to hear about new talent emerging.

Joel Lin
6 years ago

Very interesting last few minutes of this video. Is Michael’s father a scientist or have some other formal education on biomechanics, etc. or is this program all – or a meaningful part – his own discovery and theories? Just wondering how much of this USRPT brand are his father’s own discovery, versus something the father was schooled in or mentored on at some earlier point.

Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

The program comes from Brent Rushall, a sports scientist and professor out of San Diego State University. The Andrew’s occasionally make small changes to Rushall’s preferred plan, but for the most part, they’re basing it all on his ideas.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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