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.
2020 #Teamusa and @spurs Head Coach Pop, @tonyparker meet Olympic swim team: "Good fortune is due to what you do" pic.twitter.com/n18vUyS9yr
— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) July 15, 2016
So much GREATNESS in one photo! (via @USASwimming) pic.twitter.com/LoVZcdZPBW
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) July 15, 2016
Thanks @tonyparker for chatting with our team & making this bday a memorable one! pic.twitter.com/2ILpBeYyfP
— Kelsi Worrell (@kelsiwhirl) July 15, 2016
I just heard Tony Parker's French accent in real life, and Coach Pop said that he loves swimmers' shoulders. ???? pic.twitter.com/jIlanKa0EE
— Simone Manuel (@simone_manuel) July 15, 2016