VIP Olympic Camp Party, Exclusive Photos

The Olympic Swimming Team Training Camp in Knoxville, Tennessee included practices with an audience of 1800 plus fans, autograph sessions and low-key parties. The party-time portofolio below is an exclusive peek behind-the-scenes at Team USA exercising a little R&R. The shindig was hosted by Tennessee VIP, Don Bosch, an attorney, semi-pro triathlete, and a longtime supporter of swimming. Don, who swam at the University of Tennessee, has more than supported the sport financially, he’s been a mentor to many Olympic athletes over the years, including Davis Tarwater (4×200 freestyle relay), the unofficial mayor of Knoxville.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom, there’s some real gems in here.

Matt Grevers meets host, Don Bosch. Linsey Mintenko, formerly Benko, barely makes the shot on the right.













Michael Phelps…












Brendan Hansen…















Missy Franklin, famous for her dance moves, and National Team Director Frank Busch, famous for his rock band covers…













Anthony Ervin meets Bosch…Bosch considers getting a “sleeve”













Michael Phelps, Claire Donahue…













Team USA assistant Steve Bultman (2nd from left), Jason Lezak & Bosch…













Clockwise: Coach Todd Schmitz, Nick Thoman, Lezak (unknown, very lucky kid)… (Edit from commenter, Nick Thoman: Lucky kid is Tyler McGill. “Sorry Tyler. Must be the angle of the camera, because I didn’t notice it was you until Nick pointed it out.”) 













Natalie Coughlin, with her trusty Canon 7D. If you follow her on Twitter or Facebook, that’s how she gets those great photos of her chickens, eggs, and her garden.













Davis Tarwater, Olympian & Knoxville “Mayor”, unknown lady, & Tennesse Swim Coach Tyler Fenwick…















Dana Vollmer, Ariana Kukors, Rebecca Soni & Ricky Berens…













Elizabeth Beisel, fronting for the house band (this is perfect)…













Left to Right: Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, Cullen Jones, Jason Lezak. (Still don’t know who that kid is…)













US Team Captains and Hosts: Maureen Bosch (Don’s wife & cohost), Coughlin, Soni, Don Bosch, Lezak, Peter Vanderkaay & Hansen…













Missy Franklin & Maureen Bosch…  (In the background, looking left, Coleman Weibley, TN Swimming Director of Operations Team)













And, of course, no party is complete until you get the shot with Ryan Lochte…













Almost everyone on the 2012 Olympic Swimming Team in one room. Chloe Sutton, in the foreground, with camera, has great shots as well (if you’re friends with her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter, @csutswim). 













Many thanks to Don & Maureen Bosch for hosting Team USA in Knoxville, Tennesse.  The Team’s heading to France tomorrow. According to Jessica Hardy’s Twitter acount, @swimhardy,  everyone’s packing and loading up on good ol’ American entertainment media:

Jessica HardyJessica Hardy ‏@swimhardy

Lots of last min book & tv show downloading going on over here before leaving for France tom. Sorry if the internet’s slow@USASwimNatlTeam!

And for you overly curiously fans, no alcoholic beverages are consumed when you’re traveling with and representing the USA National Swimming Team.

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Miles Kredich
10 years ago

I am in the 3rd pic right next to the lucky kid.

Miles Kredich
10 years ago

That lucky kid is my brother, Coleman Kredich!

Bob Alcorn
10 years ago

Thanks to Maureen and Don for showing these swimmers true Knoxville hospitality!. We are proud of the Bosches for how they make Knoxville look great!

Nick Thoman
10 years ago

The “unknown, very lucky kid” sitting with Coach Todd Schmitz, Nick Thoman, & Jason Lezak is none other than 100 butterfly specialist Tyler McGill!

Don Bosch
Reply to  Nick Thoman
10 years ago

I think the lucky kid in shot 2 is Matt Kredich’s son…. And it was a blast and an honor to host!!!

Bart Graham
Reply to  Don Bosch
10 years ago

No one had more fun than Rivers Graham. He was the luckiest kid of the evening and few days.

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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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