Titmus’ Coach Dean Boxall On His Viral Celebration: “I Bleed With My Athletes”

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

The world went wild during the women’s 400m freestyle final on day 2 when Australia’s Ariarne Titmus got to the wall ahead of defending Olympic champion Katie Ledecky of the United States. Titmus hit the wall in a mighty mark of 3:56.69 to top the podium in one of the most anticipated races of this competition. That time edged out Ledecky who touched in 3:57.36, with the former handing the latter her first Olympic loss in an individual event.

As excited as Titmus was, to say her St. Peters Western coach Dean Boxall was ecstatic was an understatement. The man’s enthusiastic jumping, dancing and passionate yelling quickly went viral, shining a light on the special relationship existing between this athlete and coach which transcends the pool.

Now that her Olympic gold has finally hit home, Titmus commented on how quickly her coach’s celebration has come to the forefront of the Olympic news.

“That’s just the way Dean is,” she explained. “He’s very passionate about what he does – he really becomes quite animated,” she told The Guardian.

“This is just as much for him as it is for me,” she said. “He has sacrificed a lot in his family life, his kids and his wife, for his job. He puts 100% into being a swimming coach. I would not be here without him.”

Boxall himself conveyed his emotion, stating, “I can’t help it. I bleed with my athletes. When they leave the pool deck with me – whether I’m having a chat with them for an hour if it has to be – but when they leave, they have to start the recovery process and go home. They switch off; I don’t. I go home and dream for them. I go home and try and find a way for them to get better.

“I just don’t turn off,” Boxall told The Guardian. “That’s probably why I let it out, why I got emotional. It’s not just a 9-5 job; it’s 24/7. I wake up at night and I’m thinking of how can Arnie get better, how can Mitch [Larkin] get better, how can Elijah [Winnington] get better.”

Specific to Titmus’ remarkable 400m free performance, Boxall said, “I’ve been with [Titmus] for five years. Having a dream together. Katie [Ledecky] was so far in front of us that in the beginning when I started to coach her I couldn’t even have this conversation. When Arnie came to me she was a 4.12 [in the 400m]. At that stage Katie went 3.56. That’s 16 seconds. We just started chipping away, we started to believe.”

Titmus is the top-seeded swimmer heading into the women’s 200m free final.

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Anonymoose
1 month ago

Yea idk he sussy

TheSwimCritic
Reply to  Anonymoose
1 month ago

Based on what

Bruh
Reply to  TheSwimCritic
1 month ago

His dry hump

TheSwimCritic
Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

Wow you lot are overly sensitive

Tyson
Reply to  TheSwimCritic
1 month ago

Some Americans just being sore losers after that 400 free can’t we be happy we got a good race with fast times and both athletes were humble towards one another why do fans need to cause drama

Anonymoose
Reply to  TheSwimCritic
1 month ago

footage of the guy mainly

TheSwimCritic
Reply to  Anonymoose
1 month ago

Of what? Him being thrilled that months of preparation and training paid off when It mattered? We get it: you wanted Ledecky to win. Cope

Reply to  TheSwimCritic
1 month ago

exactly. all the others need yo such it up. what a great coach to be so happy for his swimmer.

TheSwimCritic
1 month ago

We need more reactions like this

Tyson
Reply to  TheSwimCritic
1 month ago

We’ve got the 200 free coming up there’s a chance

Piotr
1 month ago

I have no idea how did people find a way to criticize him after his celebration.

Last edited 1 month ago by Piotr
DCSwim
Reply to  Piotr
1 month ago

He was completely over the top. He should have remained in his seat, put down his opera glasses, and gave a light golf clap through his white leather gloves and said “Absolutely smashing, my dear pupil.”

ACC
Reply to  Piotr
1 month ago

I’ll answer: his comments in the spot that NBC rubbed me the wrong way. The last comment he made where he said “She’s a special girl, but is she special enough?” made it seem that her value is dependent not only on how fast she swims but how fast Katie Ledecky swims, which is completely outside her control.

Basically, he seems extremely results-oriented to a degree that it’s not super healthy.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  ACC
1 month ago

Opposite for me, we need to confront adversity and push for greatness. Realize nothing is given that it’s earned.

Reply to  ACC
1 month ago

if you can’t be nice zip it.

Tomek
1 month ago

I have a feeling Australia officials told Boxall to tone down his next celebration. The Japanese female tasked with keeping an eye over the section where Boxall was located was terrified of his behaviour and was not sure what to do with him.

CB9
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

She’s ok

Irish Ringer
Reply to  CB9
1 month ago

I heard the pressure got to her and she decided to sit out the rest of the competition.

Sub13
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 month ago

I heard the pressure was because some guys vandalised and pissed on the gas station she worked at?

dresselgoat
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Hey I thought you were keeping it classy in here sub13. For shame

Corn Pop
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

She’s on the next Man Safari to Sth Africa .

Jackman
Reply to  Tomek
1 month ago

Australian media interviewed her and it was actually brilliant. She is fine and was laughing about it.

Huh
1 month ago

Sir, this is swimming.

G Cruz
1 month ago

It is unnatural and unrealistic to expect not to care or get excited about the Incredible accomplishment competing against the very best of the world beating Katie Ledecky and her legacy at her own game. His rush of excitement and pride it’s 100 % pure reaction to all the hardwork and everything they have surpass to get into that specific moment where Ariarne Titmus seize the opportunity to re-write history.
How and what we communicate in these moments is critical to the development as athletes and people, and their ability to find joy in the experience. Love his reaction taking into consideration there’s no audience no parents or family members because of the current circumstances makes it extra especial.

Last edited 1 month ago by G Cruz
anonymous
Reply to  G Cruz
1 month ago

Humping a barrier is a vile reaction.

G Cruz
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

On that we do Agree, we must respect the place and follow proper protocol, he needs to remember that he is also representing his country.
I was referring to the enthusiasm of having the opportunity to celebrate his Athlete accomplishment.
And to cheer for her

Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

let go of it.

Sscommenter
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

Talke a billion seats Nancy Reagan

Honest Observer
Reply to  G Cruz
1 month ago

Basically agree, but one small quibble. Titmus swam in incredible race, and beat Ledecky, but did not beat her “legacy.” Nothing can take away from what Ledecky has accomplished so far in her career. In fact, it should only add to Ledecky’s legacy that at age 24 she was able to be only a second off her lifetime best in the 400; to my knowledge, no other WR-holding female distance swimmer has ever done that.

Yozhik
Reply to  Honest Observer
1 month ago

400 event was the last one where Katie Ledecky broke somebody else’s world record. Titmus was lucky knowing that 3:56 is humanly reachable. Ledecky had only Pellegrin’s 3:59 suit record as a target. Should under 3:56 was a target I have know doubts it would be achieved in Rio. 5 years later it’s much harder to do. But she was only 0.9 sec away from her best. With a right coaching programme and right focusing under 3:56 is reachable to her. But I’m not sure that such fan’s dreams are of great importance to her. Her life is significantly different now than it was 5 years ago and she may have more important things to do in her current life.

Last edited 1 month ago by Yozhik
Robbos
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

Titmus thanked Ledecky for getting Titmus to where she is today the 400 Olympic champion, with a time no-one thought anyone would get near for a few years.
Boxall & Titmus said it will take a WR (or very near it) to beat Lecdky.
Ian Thorpe on Australian TV called Titmus beating the greatest female swimmer of all time.

Australians have the greatest respect for Ledecky.

Some fans here still cannot acknowledge Titmus & the great effort she & her coach put in, sad!!!!

Yozhik
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

It’s hard to keep discussion with the person who is so aggressive as you are. But i’ll try. There is no disrespect to Titmus in my post. And if you see it there then you will find it in any my words no matter what they are about.
Do you know why I wanted Jacoby to win gold medal yesterday? Because I had enough of King’s arrogance.
Do you know why I disliked Titmus when she just emerged as a strong competitive swimmer? Because the first thing that she stated publicly, that she will be very generous leaving for Ledecky just 1500 event because it’s to boring to her.
Do you know what 15 years old Ledecky… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Yozhik
anonymous
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

well said

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Yozhik
1 month ago

As I expected and predicted,

YOZHIK will trash Titmus.

That’s what he’s always done since 2012.

If he imagine a swimmer would have remote possibility to “reduce” Ledecky greatness, he’ll attack that swimmer mercilessly.

YOZHIK previous attack targets:

Missy Franklin, Sarah Sjostrom, Katinka Hosszu, Li Bingjie

G Cruz
Reply to  Honest Observer
1 month ago

Nobody is trying to diminish Katie Ledecky. But you have to recognize the great effort training discipline and dedication Ariarne Titmus and her team put in order to do something incredible. We are talking about the Coach reaction to what her athlete accomplish. Katie Ledecky is an example to future generations.

GTS
1 month ago

I’ve watched a few excerpts of his coaching. Regardless of whether you agree with his style, as far as substance, he is superb. He holds his swimmers accountable, down to the most minute detail. It is those little details that add up, and produce excellence. If you sign up with him, be ready to work hard, and have thick skin. It’s not summer camp. Somewhat similar to Philippe Lucas.

Erik
Reply to  GTS
1 month ago

Just as long as he is ready to get it right back from the adults he is coaching and take it like they are supposed to accept his behavior.

Lilly King is Washed
Reply to  Erik
1 month ago

I agree with this,especially once you continue swimming as an adult the one sided coach swimmer dynamic gets old really fast and is unsustainable. (Not saying this is the situation here)

Reply to  GTS
1 month ago

yes.

Pete
1 month ago

American swim fan here. To all the critics, I would encourage you to give the man a break. His celebration was as authentic as they come. As much as I wanted Katie to win, that was an absolutely epic battle. I’m so proud of both swimmers–they have really honored our sport.

Last edited 1 month ago by Pete
anonymous
Reply to  Pete
1 month ago

The Alaska celebration was the best not Boxall

Robbos
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

Is that a new Olympic competition, best celebration!!!

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