U.S. Olympic Swimmers Get Visit From Coach Popovich, Tony Parker

Unless you’ve been living under a swimming social media rock since Trials, you know the U.S. Olympic swim team is stationed at swim camp at Northside in San Antonio, Texas this week. We got a taste of their good times via Michael Phelps’ recent Facebook Live post, in which we rode along on the team bus with cohorts David Plummer, Anthony Ervin and Katie Ledecky.

Also while at training camp this week, the stars of our sport got a special visit from San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich and team point guard Tony Parker yesterday, July 16th.

Popovich will be in the role of head coach of the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball in Tokyo 2020 and stopped by in his “Vote for Pedro” t-shirt to offer words of inspiration and encouragement to the 45-strong roster who will represent the stars n’ stripes in the Rio pool.  Among the words of advice was Popovich’s comment that “good fortune is due to what you do”

Below are some special moments captured by USA Swimming and athletes who were able to mingle with Popovich and Parker at the event.

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bobo gigi


bobo gigi

TP is a great leader for French basket and a great inspiration for the youth.
And maybe I’m the only one on Earth but I really believe that France can win the gold in Rio and beat the US team which is a B or C team without LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Russell Westbrook or Damian Lillard.

Attila the Hunt

Manaudou, Stravius and Lacourt magically swim fast all year round, just like Justin Gatlin who can magically run fast all year round.


USA F Team could probably whack France


While it might not be our ‘A’ team, it’s not going to lose to any other country in Rio. It doesn’t have as many superstar names as it has in years past, but c’mon: KD, Carmelo, DeAndre Jordan, Kyrie, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson.


Of course Coach Pop would have a Vote For Pedro tshirt…

About Loretta Race

Loretta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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