The #TeamUSAAwards presented by The Dow Chemical Company Red Carpet Show! Hosted by Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel!
Posted by Team USA on Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Eight-time Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt and two-time Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel are back from what they called their #schmeiselworldtour to Thailand and Australia, and tonight, they hosted the U.S. Olympic Committee Awards Red Carpet on Facebook Live.
In the above video, the charismatic duo speak to Olympic and Paralympic athletes from across all sports about their experiences in Rio and since coming home.
Lia Neal and Simone Manuel discuss their “Two Lit Gurls” videos that they produced over the course of preparing for and competing in the Olympics.
“I think it’s kind of awesome to see Simone doing her crazy thing and get so much more participation into the sport,” said Neal, speaking to the duo’s influence on swimming participation among the African American community.
Neal also referenced the below statistic, which shows that Manuel’s gold had a marked effect on online searches for swim teams.
Online searches for swim teams @SwimToday hit all-time high in the four days following @simone_manuel 100M Free #Gold Medal at the #Olympics pic.twitter.com/9D494Ut0wR
— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) September 24, 2016
The two also had the chance to talk to Katie Ledecky, who would win the USOC Female Athlete of the Year later in the night.
“I’ve been settling into Stanford, so that’s created some good normalcy,” Ledecky said.
She also mentioned her interview on Ellen earlier this month and her new living situation at Stanford, where she rooms with three non-athletes in a suite.
David Plummer joked with Beisel and Schmitt about his kids.
“The toddler just punched the baby in the face yesterday, so we’ve got some things we’re working through,” he said with a smile.
Other swimmers in the video include Maya DiRado, Kelsi Worrell, Cierra Runge, Cody Miller, Blake Pieroni, Jordan Wilimovsky, and Sean Ryan.
Schmitt and Beisel also spoke with athletes from a ton of other sports, including four of the “Final Five,” Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez. Gabby Douglas was absent after having her wisdom teeth removed earlier this week.
The Olympic swim team (minus four athletes) will be visiting the White House tomorrow.