SwimSwam Podcast: James Guy Talks British Relay Secret Sauce

On SwimSwam Podcast, we’re giving you an in-depth listen at all things swimming. Host Coleman Hodges welcomes guests and guest co-hosts alike to get perspective on our ever-changing swimming universe and break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with British World Champion and Olympic medalist James Guy, who gave us a detailed description of how he’s been spending his time during quarantine. He also admits that once he got back into the water recently, he felt better than he had expected to and got into main sets pretty quickly. Guy emphasizes there’s no rush to get into great shape and to take your time getting back into the pool.

Guy also gives his description of winning his world championship title in the 200 free and the world titles Britain has won in the 4×200 free really (2015, 2017) and 4×100 medley relay (2019). Guy breaks down how the British team has built a culture of relay performance and putting an emphasis on medaling in as many as they can.

Music: Otis McDonald


In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 year ago

what a pleasant dude

Reply to  Dude
1 year ago

very cool headed & full of tact and talent .

tea rex
1 year ago

Main ingredient is Adam Peaty.

Reply to  tea rex
1 year ago

Yeah, but when you have two top swimmers who are proven stepping up in relays like Scott & Guy, should Peaty have a bit of a misfire (as he did last summer), you have a pretty good chance of one of them swimming a lights out split to save you, as Scott did last summer.

Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Guy will be the key leg next summer. Backstroke they will always be behind the US and Peaty will mostly likely outsplit whoever the US breaststroker is by at least 1.5 seconds. Scott is great but if Guy is off like he’s been for the last few years they can’t rely on another once in a lifetime split. And if Dressel splits sub 49 it’s basically over.

James Guy
Reply to  Bub
11 months ago

Trust me, I’m back.

1 year ago

“if you look good, you feel good” Very great conversation – happy to hear from swimmers across the world on the podcasts Coleman. I was impressed with the way he talked about meets over the past 5 years, describing his goals for the meet and how his meets stacked up against each other.
Coleman – didn’t sound like you would have enjoyed his training growing up – the exact same practices for 3 years. How many swimmers in the US can relate? 2 years ago on Tuesday, we swam xxx because it was Tuesday.

Irish Ringer
1 year ago

They make that race for second interesting.

1 year ago

Outstanding interview Coleman! Very thoughtful w/ many interesting questions. Please kick Mel to the curb!

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

Read More »