Caeleb Dressel Talks About His Nerves Ahead Of U.S. Olympic Trials

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comOlympic swimming champion Caeleb Dressel  is flesh and bone, and he battles nervousness like everyone else. Dressel shares insights into his experience on the run-up to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and other major qualifying meets. He clearly has made peace with the mental tension learning how to manage it.

Recently Dressel notched fast swims at the Atlanta Classic signaling he is on course for a great U.S. Olympic Trials in June.

Dressel Atlanta Classic Times:

  • 50 free  – 21.82
  • 100 free – 48.67 – a time trial day 2 – then he dropped a 48.00 on day 3 in the prelims
  • 200 free – 1:47.42
  • 100 fly – 51.15 – a double, his second swim of night 1 on the heels of the 1:47 200 free

DRESSEL PREDICTIONS FOR U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS, VERSION THREE

Yes, I am playing the Dressel prediction game again for a third time, because it’s fun.  See version 3, dialed in slightly more after a lot of hand-wringing (and reviewing more comments from fans):

  • 50 free – 21.19
  • 100 free – 47.22
  • 100 fly – 49.81
  • 200 free – prelims only – 1:45.39

But who cares what I think? It is all about  what you think. Give me your best swimming analysis.

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ZanBai
3 months ago

Waiting for the comment that he is past his prime.

Last prediction:

50m free: 21.13
100m free: 47.26
100m fly: 50.03
200m free: 1:45.20

Last edited 3 months ago by ZanBai
Pvdh
Reply to  ZanBai
3 months ago

Ehh just some salty fans of the perpetual Aussie chokers who know they’re about to get worked in the pool again

Honest Observer
Reply to  Pvdh
3 months ago

Speaking as an American, I think the Aussies — including Cate Campbell — will surprise this year. Once you get a reputation as a choker, and enough people won’t let you forget it, and you’re not the favorite for that reason, you’re more likely to swim angry than scared. And that’s the best mindset for a sprinter. Plus, it’s not going to hurt that they’re going to be in their own time zone. Campbell would have to get past Blume, who’s swimming well at the moment, Kromowidjojo, and also (presumably) Manuel and Curzan, no easy task, but she’s as talented as any of them, and an angry Campbell would be a formidable opponent. I hope for her sake she has… Read more »

Joel
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 months ago

I don’t think we will perform well because of the time zone ( finals in the morning thanks NBC). I think we will perform well because we have a cohesive strong team who have learnt from the past and are ready to go. Strength of teams goes up and down over time. 2021 looks good for Australia.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Honest Observer
3 months ago

Blasphemy!

Renounce your citizenship!

Robbos
Reply to  Pvdh
3 months ago

We may be chokers in other events, but in Chalmers, we have a guy 2 years younger the Dressel & gunning for back to back 100 free Olympic titles. So maybe in this guy, we not chokers.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Pvdh
3 months ago

Dude is going to smash Chalmers in a few weeks.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Irish Ringer
3 months ago

Hang on to that 2000 memory 😉

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Irish Ringer
3 months ago

hang onto your 2000 memory of winning an olympic gold medal in the w4x100 free

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Irish Ringer
3 months ago

The Aussies never learn:

https://youtu.be/3dqcvSPLJQE

Never in the history of women’s swimming at the Summer Olympics has so many trolls been silenced.

Robbos
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 months ago

I don’t know, this silenced a few trolls.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grpXuSAJ21k

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Pvdh
3 months ago

To be fair, it’s the Aussie women who are the notorious chokers

Australia women’s national team
2012 Summer Olympics
Individual women’s events
0G, 2S, 2B

Australia women’s national team
2016 Summer Olympics
Individual women’s events
0G, 1S, 1B

Robbos
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 months ago

Australia women’s national team
2008 Summer Olympics
women’s events
6G, 2S, 3B

Last edited 3 months ago by Robbos
Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Robbos
3 months ago

Ancient history. End of story.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
3 months ago

so 2008 is ancient history, yet in another comment you used a result from 2000 to support your rhetoric?

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
3 months ago

What was suppose to be a coronation in the women’s 200 meter butterfly at the 2000 Sydney Olympics turned out to be a debacle. It sticks in your craw to this day.

Joel
Reply to  Robbos
3 months ago

That doesn’t suit his/her narrative though Robbos

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Joel
3 months ago

Speaking of choke, the Campbell sisters take the cake:

https://youtu.be/GgK6u_CkTPs

Put another Campbell on the barbie and watch ’em get cooked in the final.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  ZanBai
3 months ago

That 100 free might be cutting it close to making top 2. Who wants to leave it up to the finish at the wall with a couple other guys maybe in the 47.3-4 range? Ask Biondi and Cavic.

BKP
3 months ago

Seems more in line with what I was guessing… I think his Trials times will be in line with his 2017 Worlds Finals times and then a 1.45 low 2free to top it off!

manoj
3 months ago

50M Free 21.3
100 M Free 47.4
200M free !:45.8
100 m Fly 50.05

Jim Avery
3 months ago

Jimmy Avery predictions:

50 Free :21.08
100 Free :46.97
200 Free 1:44.98
100 Fly :49.88

BKP
Reply to  Jim Avery
3 months ago

I’m really ‘feelin’ and hoping for the 1.44.x at trials. I just didn’t want to “rowdy gaines” Dressel in which he is sure that a WR is going down every time he is on the blocks!

Sun Yangs Hammer
3 months ago

Mels Predictions looking closer to mine from round 2 🤔

200 Free 1:45.0 Prelim
100 Free 47.1
100 Fly 50.0
50 Free 21.1

Bonus: Sun Yang deck enters the USA Track Trials hammer toss and clinches his ticket

SHARKSPEED
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 months ago
swimfan210_
Reply to  SHARKSPEED
3 months ago
Pete
3 months ago

46.9 100 free at trials. Then faster at OG. That’s right, I went there. We all know he’s put in the work. 💪💪

Deepblue
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 months ago

“He didn’t do it but he breaks fortayyyyy”

Ole 99
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 months ago

While quiet, I feel that my cardboard cutout face in the stands will be the difference maker… will be upset if he does give me a shout out in the post race interview 😬

Bill Swims After His Horses
3 months ago

Hard to argue with Melly Mel. But I think, given the depth in the 100 free, Mr. Dressel might get pushed to go under 47 at Trials.

Admin
Reply to  Bill Swims After His Horses
3 months ago

It gets easier with practice. I argue with Melly Mel all the time.

Khachaturian
3 months ago

Will he be tapered?

Entgegen
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 months ago

I mean… is he really a sprinter??
Dressel in my mind is just a swimmer who is just better at sprinting than everything else.

Pete
Reply to  Entgegen
3 months ago

That’s a true, beautiful statement.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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