Among the 12 South Africans nominated — Brett Roux, Andrew Govender, Maps Maponyane, Vincent Canaider, Chad le Clos, Andile Mxakaza, Lee Thompson, Oliver Makangila, Charl Crous, Peet Mocke, Graeme Richards, Harcel Mpoyi — le Clos appears to be a front-runner.
Le Clos’ rise to fame has been meteoric. As recently as the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore he won five medals, a competition Michael Phelps stumped for as an Ambassador promoting the Olympic movement. Two short years later, le Clos upset Michael Phelps in, arguably, his best event, the 200 meters butterfly. Le Clos also collected a silver in the 100 meters butterfly at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
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While the nominees are preparing for holiday, the Time’s Live asked them if they’d be in the gym, working out, staying sexy. Le Clos told the magazine:
“No [to going to the gym], Christmas is a time for family and giving, so that is one day that I don’t train. I eat anything I like, but in moderation. When I do cheat, it’s with milk shakes and chocolates.”