Phelps on the Red Carpet: “I’m swimming about 3 times a week” (Video)

Reported by Braden Keith.


  • November 21st, 2016
  • Awards presentation begins at 6:30 Eastern Time
  • New York City, New York
  • Live Stream here

Lovingly referred to as “swimmer prom,” the 2016 USA Swimming Golden Goggles Awards are scheduled for Monday, November 21st as the best in American swimming over the last year are honored.

The event always takes on a special meaning in an Olympic year, and this year was a particularly momentous one. Michael Phelps looked like Michael Phelps for the first time this decade; Katie Ledecky proclaimed herself the best female swimmer (of her generation? ever?); Simone Manuel broke barriers by becoming the first black woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal; and Team USA rebounded from a lackluster 2015 to have a historically-good Olympic performance (thanks in large part to the three swimmers mentioned above). Remember also that 4 members of the Olympic team won’t be present as part of a suspension handed out as the result of an alcohol-fueled incident in the wee hours of the Rio morning the night after the swimming portion of the Games concluded. None of the 4 were nominated for an award individually, though one, Jimmy Feigen, participated in a nominated relay as a prelims-only swimmer.

Honors to be handed out on Monday, as voted upon in part by swimming fans around the world, include:

  • Breakout Performer of the Year
  • Perseverance Award
  • Coach of the Year
  • Relay Performance of the Year
  • Female Race of the Year
  • Male Race of the Year
  • Female Athlete of the Year
  • Male Athlete of the Year

In the event you’ve forgotten, here is the official SwimSwam ballot for the honors, which represent our votes but not necessarily our predictions.


This is Michael’s second award of the night, and almost certainly won’t be the last.  Dick Ebersol, who presented the award, recognized Debbie Phelps, Bob Bowman, Peter Carlisle, and Nicole Phelps before calling Phelps up on stage.  The presenters introduced this award as a kind of lifetime achievement award, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else at the Golden Goggles having as much of an impact on the sport as Phelps has had in the past sixteen years.

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4 years ago

And so starts the rumor mill for 2020

bobo gigi
Reply to  Maxter
4 years ago

He looks fit. He will stay fit with Nicole. Anything can happen. 😆

4 years ago


4 years ago

This is what you call “keeping the door open for 2020.” He has also yet to sign the papers and “officially” retire from what I understand.

Reply to  CanadianShark
4 years ago

He is out of the testing pool. I know it isn’t like he’s out of the testing pool in 2019, but it is something.

4 years ago

Honestly it’s nice to hear he still enjoys being in the water. So many people quit swimming burned out and never step foot in a competition pool again (or rarely). Perhaps he it keeping “one foot in the water” so he could make a run at Tokyo. Or perhaps the greatest swimmer in the world just likes to stay in shape doing something he is pretty good at.

How about this one…Masters Swimming?

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