Olympic Champ Ryan Murphy Backstroke Clinic: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

In this Gold Medal Minute takeover of the SwimSwam Podcast with three-time 2016 Olympic Champion Ryan Murphy, we cover backstroke, but also hit on some interesting topics you might like.  For example:

  • Do the Team USA backstroke legends get together and hangout? There are a lot of them, like Murph, Matt Grevers, Aaron Peirsol,  Lenny Krayzelburg, Jeff Rouse, David Berkoff, Rick Carey and John Naber.  (Who is the coolest and/or weirdest among them?)
  • From the famous and storied Bolles School days, who is more fun to hang out with, Joe Schooling or Caeleb Dressel?
  • And, does Murph have a future as a Cornhole pro athlete? (He does, but not if the richest man on earth, Jeff Bezos, is delivering the Cornhole kit. This is not a joke. Bezos factors into Murph’s answer.)

In this podcast, we don’t hold back, and Murph delivers. Murph even provides a backstroke clinic, and we learn what gains he’s made while not training in a pool.  Is that possible? Yes. It is. Murphy’s focused, positive, and he’s made use of his COVID-19 shutdown time.


Murph will come back on the podcast. If you have questions for him, share in the comments.  I was going to drill him on all of his loses, but, frankly, at SwimSwam Coleman’s done that already. The beauty of Murph is that he always has an answer…  Questions I missed?  ISL. We touched on ISL, but we can go much deeper there. Murph’s an insider, connected at deeper level with the International Swimming League, and we do expect ISL to be releasing news soon.

Ryan Murphy 2021 Olympic Predictions?  I’m not going there, not now.  I think we’re all waiting to see how the fall goes with the COVID-19 infection rate.

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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, a Swimming News website.

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2 years ago

With his body I think he has a future as an action star in the movies. His traps are in The Rock’s level.

I can only imagine how much bigger he would be using Hollywood workout vitamins 🙂 (post swimming career of course).

2 years ago

Also, nice unintended shout out to David Wooderson with the getting older comment.

2 years ago

He gets a super early catch, maximizing his power through a longer distance than most. His stroke rate is great too.

Sir Swimsalot
2 years ago

Question for Ryan: what is his opinion on the role of hip rotation in backstroke? Is his backstroke more shoulder or hip driven? I think I remember seeing coach Holloway talking about how the stroke has changed in this aspect and I am curious what Murphy thinks.

2 years ago

Looking at that pic, pleased to announce my work as Ryan’s body double on the latest Speedo ad.

2 years ago

Love the hard hitting dressel v schooling question!

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2 years ago

loved it – u always have great fun questions

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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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