Olympic Champion Lilly King Finally Turns Pro: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Olympic champion, world champion and world record holder, Lilly King,  is finally a pro, ending her collegiate career in a big way by leading the Indiana women to their first B1G Team Title since 2011. King dipped into iconic territory, going 55 in the 100 yard breaststroke at BIGs, then again NCAA Championships.  Not only did King capture 100 breaststroke for four years, she made a clean sweep of the breaststrokes, taking all four 200s as well during her NCAA career.

In King’s last GMM video (see video below), she was straightforward about 2019 World Championships in South Korea. She wants to sweep the breaststroke events, and she wants to see 1:03 on the board in the 100m breast. Her personal best is 1:04.13 from the 2017 World Championships in Budapest.  I think she’ll dip under 1:04. I see her going 1:03.7.  What do you think? 

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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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I feel like she should of done this sooner to max her earnings but good for her. You never know, she may never be able to replicate the results she has had in the past. However, if her goal was to cement her collegiate legacy she has certainly done that. That doesn’t earn you money though.


This year and in the lead up to 2020 is the best timing to do so, the only better time would have been just after Rio because of her statements and performance there but she still had a few years of college swimming left. This way she gets all the benefits of the “olympic hype” sponsorships and whatever comes after her performances in Tokyo


agreed , she is smart and felt the right move was NOW ! she is the best in yards and in the Big pool over 100 meters . Can’t wait to see her performances this summer ….


Not everything is about money.

Jim C

If we are talking about endorsement money, cementing her collegiate legacy might help her earn endorsement money.



Gold Medal Mel

That would be awesome. 1:02 won gold for the men in 1984- The Lunk!

Bearly Breathing



More like 1:03.5 at best. 1:01 is completely unrealistic.

Gold Medal Mel

59.99999…. ha!


She is one of my favorite on Team Usa !! Her grit , talent , work ethic & fearlessness in & out of the pool are unique . Can’t wait to see her battles again with Efimova this summer and break new barriers in the 100 & Be much stronger in the 200 breast & help Team Usa to win the medley relay again ( i think she has been training a bit more for the 200 to be improved ). Go Lilly , the sky is the limit !!! I have also loved her appearances in Cody’s Vlogs ( so much fun , team spirit , friendship and hard work at the same time between them ). Go Lilly… Read more »

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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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