Peter Andrew Explains M. Andrew’s Taper Process Leading into Olympic Trials

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We sat down with newly named Olympic coach Peter Andrew, father of Michael Andrew who also just made his first Olympic team. Peter walks us through the process of tapering Michael for Trials and how they decided on his event lineup in Omaha. He also talks about what went well in training for them in the months leading up to Trials and what they expect heading into the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Yup
1 year ago

30.69

Xman
1 year ago

Yeah I hope Peter does get a chance to work at a college as an associate or assistant coach. It would greatly contribute to any program and probably be good for recruiting.

Maybe give Michael a chance to train with a group at times and access to a LC pool.

I know the family their opinions about the college system in America – although I personally this is limited to some humanities classes. Your STEM and accounting and business classes are really apolitical and neutral towards religion.

Now I don’t think Michael can swim NCAA under the current USSC rulling and I think might be an age limits in D1 plus possibly some academic eligibility limits. But they can probabaly… Read more »

BWPolo
1 year ago

I’ve been following Rushall, Andrew, and USRPT since 2014. I’ve never heard Peter say anything that wasn’t already published by Rushall so I think he’s basically acknowledging he’s training an elite athlete using a published system. A lot of top coaches think their programs are secret or super original when they simply adhere to human physiology and biomechanics for swimming,

96Swim
1 year ago

With the new Supreme Court ruling suggesting that college students can make money, I wonder if he’d be eligible for college, and if so if there is any chance he’d go. Especially if you took a school that wasn’t a top 10 program and might therefore be more flexible that would hire his dad as the coach or even an assistant so that he could continue to train him. It’d be a good way to raise his visibility in non-Olympic years and also to prove out Peter’s methods with other athletes.

BillyBob
Reply to  96Swim
1 year ago

That’d be fun to see him at Grand Canyon University. They do usrpt.

Coach Macgyver
1 year ago

What’s the plan for MA when swimming is over for him?

96Swim
Reply to  Coach Macgyver
1 year ago

I’d guess motivational speaking with a Christian bend to it and a swimming academy based on their training methods. He’s probably got a decent chance at being relevant as a swimmer through at least 2028 or 2032, so we may not know for awhile.

BillyBob
Reply to  Coach Macgyver
1 year ago

Why do you ask this question about him? Do you ask it about other swimmers?

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  BillyBob
1 year ago

Some swimmers, yes. What are you insinuating?

Jackman
1 year ago

3×20 50s at pace is so f&%$ing hard – MAndrew really is a training beast

Guerra
Reply to  Jackman
1 year ago

What do you expect Peter to do? Train Michael like Dick Shoulberg trains his team? Not only did Shoulberg not get anyone on the Olympic team, but none of his swimmers came close to their lifetime best times at either wave I or II. It was one of the most embarrassing coaching performances I’ve ever seen. That type of training is extinct and Shoulberg should be banned by Safesport for abusing kids and enocouraging abuse on his team. Or at the very least, forced into permanent retirement.

BillyBob
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

Wut?

Jackman
Reply to  Guerra
1 year ago

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M d e
1 year ago

People always keen to trash this family, but the most impressive thing about them all for me is how keen they are to learn.

A lot of coaches coaches (event good ones) are very locked in on their process and beliefs. Peter Andrew is excited about the prospect of learning from the other coaches on this team.

It’s a lot rarer than you would think.

Last edited 1 year ago by M d e
Spectatorn
Reply to  M d e
1 year ago

and genuinely share what they were doing and what they know as their weakness. So many would have been jaded by all the negativity and less willing to open up.

M L
1 year ago

It was reassuring to hear about his focus on energy management in Tokyo (scratching the 100 Fly with an eye toward the medley relays, etc.). I still find the 100 Back decision baffling (how could a third swim be worth it for the “racing experience”?), but they sound chastened by the close call in the 100 Breast.

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