WATCH Cody Miller’s Newest Vlog: “Tour US Olympic Trials 2021”

Olympic medalist Cody Miller gave swimmers back home a vlog tour of the entire Omaha pool and venue following the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials meet last week.

As Miller enters the venue, he jokingly spotted his “greatest accomplishment”: getting his face on one of the doors. After routinely getting checked and scanned in, he takes the camera through the “massive” grand hall, which was converted into the warm-up area and athlete lounge space. There were numerous TVs set up for results and watching the meet live. Throughout the area were little set-up changing tents for athletes that need to get ready on the go. Along with the notable 10-lane, 50-meter competition pool, Miller reveals a second 10-lane, 50-meter warm-up pool in the back area, which is also connected to a six short course lane pool.

Going through the race-ready motions, Miller stepped through the last call room and showcased a set of stairs that leads to the final seating room before the walkway to the competition pool. Exiting the pool, there is a media zone for post-race interviewing and clothing bin pickup area.

Miller also walked through the venue’s Aqua Lounge, which featured the Guinness World Record for the Largest Kick Board in the World as well as a set-up Speedo apparel store. Towards the end of the tour portion of the vlog, Miller showed off scenes of the colorful light show that kicked off each evening finals session.

Miller summed up the Omaha experience as, “Put this on your list of things to do…Make it a priority to someday go to a U.S. Olympic Trials, as a competitor or as a spectator. It is an incredible, wonderful experience.” More insightful quotes Miller said throughout the vlog include:

  • “We swim for a variety of reasons.”
  • “We train for moments like this.”
  • “One day, this could be you.”
  • “You are much more capable than you realize.”
  • “DREAM BIG.”

In the latter half of the vlog, Miller admitted that, “This meet didn’t go the way that I wanted it to. It could’ve been better.” He says that he will go into more detail about his personal Trials experience in a separate video. Miller swam in the 100 breast and 200 breast in Omaha, where he made it to both events’ semifinals. He bested 1:00.37 for 11th in the 100 breast prelims and hit 2:12.17 in the 200 breast prelims for 11th, followed by a 14th-place finish in semifinals at 2:12.71.

For more Cody Miller content, check out all four of his recent June vlogs down below:

YouTube Vlog: “Tour US Olympic Trials 2021”

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Konner Scott
2 months ago

Oh, this will probably have a fun and respectful comment section.

Khachaturian
Reply to  Konner Scott
2 months ago

Despite what people say and the fact that he actually stayed true to his word of not getting 8th, I am glad that he vlogs. He offers insight into the professional swimming world and he doesn’t attract an audience of just swimmers on youtube. He makes swimming more popular and even if it is just a little bit I am all for that.

Kozlopeak
Reply to  Konner Scott
2 months ago

Did you ever think…you reap what you sow? I mean there’s a reason bro…

Konner Scott
Reply to  Konner Scott
2 months ago

Wow, I was being sarcastic but this is surprisingly a (mostly) fun and respectful comment section

boring name
2 months ago

I know he will get trolled but respect for continuing to vlog even after his awful swims

Big Kicker
Reply to  boring name
2 months ago

He’s arguably doing a lot more for the sport by doing this than by any level of fast swimming. Not that they’re mutually exclusive, but it definitely deserves some respect.

Wanna Sprite?
2 months ago

Don’t get me wrong, I love the memes about him as much as the next guy, but it’s actually weird that he went so slow at trials. He’d been going 59s and 1:00s all season so for him to fully taper and go this slow was strange. Him saying he wasn’t going to get 8th was perfectly reasonable at the time even tho it’s funny now

Penguin
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
2 months ago

Yeah. what a missed taper. Part of me thinks the YT channel adds more pressure….? Hope not.

Landen
Reply to  Penguin
2 months ago

Wouldn’t be that

Mike
Reply to  Penguin
2 months ago

Swimswam had a nice article talking about the different pressures on veterans compared to up and comers that the year delay caused. I believe there is a lot to it. There are always veterans that fade and younger swimmers that surpasses them. The number of veterans that failed to hit even season bests this time was astonishing and often times the younger swimmers that surpassed then did not actually do it with very fast times. I don’t think there is any way to come up with a verifiable answer but there is more to it than simply missed tapers.

Jojo
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
2 months ago

pretty sure he’s still hurting inside. human nature

Jess
2 months ago

Location 1: the discreet back exit

Chris
2 months ago

i like him. Seems like a genuinely nice guy.

Having a kid will change your life. You will not sleep as well and i do believe that could have contributed to his performances

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Guerra
2 months ago

This is a repost from another article, so I apologize to those that have already read this. I’ve known Cody and watched him since practically the day he arrived in Bloomington, Indiana and I’m as proud of him in defeat as I am in victory.

OK, I know that (as Braden says) I’m noisy and sometimes stir things up with posts that are considered to be outrageous, I’m going to keep this one real. Cody Miller is a great man, father, husband, friend and teammate and he defied incredible odds and crushing personal hardships (more than people will ever know) to win a gold and bronze medal. He touches the lives and brings positive energy to anyone that comes… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Guerra
Ghost
Reply to  Guerra
2 months ago

You know him, he swims at IU so all positive. You don’t know other swimmers or coaches, yet you seem to be negative about all them!?! Think before you stir the pot. People have feelings…not just IU a people!

Guerra
Reply to  Ghost
2 months ago

I don’t rip other swimmers. Never. Do I occasionally criticize other coaches that I do, in fact, know or have observed? Yes

Yozhik
2 months ago

Even for those who’ve been there just as a spectator the Olympic Trials are unforgettable experience. Especially first night.
Thank you Cody for your vlog.

Harry Potter vlogs for Miller
2 months ago

“He’s doing a lot for the sport”?

If there was no social media at all, and he was the first and only one talking swimming, ok. But let’s get real. There’s tons of information out there on swimming, in every platform imaginable.

Cody brings Cody’s life, not top secret information previously unknown. He’s not doing a lot for the sport. He’s doing a little for the entertainment industry, which is great if you’re into Cody.

Call it what it is. A recruitment tool for IU. He’s not doing more for swimming. He’s doing more for IU. We have access to swimming information already. And Harry Potter. And babies, dog’s, endless pools….

He said what?
Reply to  Harry Potter vlogs for Miller
2 months ago

Dude, WTF?

Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
Reply to  Harry Potter vlogs for Miller
2 months ago

I feel like I’ll be saying the obvious here, but you are incorrect in many ways. Cody shows that swimming can be fun at a high level. He gets young kids excited to go to practice for the best part of the day, gets kids interested in high level meets (and things like the ISL), and portrays professional and collegiate swimming in a positive way. Just because information is out there does not mean that it is as neatly packaged and as exciting as Cody’s 10 minute vlogs.

I think you’re correct that Cody shows his own life, but he loves the role that Swimming plays in his life, and by bringing that to an audience he inspires more… Read more »

Matt Mulligan
Reply to  Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
2 months ago

Wow! Insightful.

Chillaxxxx
Reply to  Harry Potter vlogs for Miller
2 months ago

True words. There are swimmers without vlogs doing much more “for swimming”. Phelps, Dressel, Ledecky, tons of others. I like Cody but it’s just a vlog folks.

eagleswim
Reply to  Chillaxxxx
2 months ago

Did you think someone said he’s doing more for swimming that anyone else? It feels like maybe you’re responding to something nobody said

Miller time
Reply to  Harry Potter vlogs for Miller
2 months ago

True words. There are swimmers without vlogs doing much more “for swimming”. Phelps, Dressel, Ledecky, tons of others. I like Cody but it’s just a vlog folks.

Xman
Reply to  Harry Potter vlogs for Miller
2 months ago

Dude?

He brings the following to age group swimmers all the way to Masters swimming.

1. Enjoy what you get to do – even on days where the practice is hard, the weather is bad and drive sucks – or whatever is going on in your personal life.
2. Enjoy who you get to do it with – being able to be part of what helps others achieve their dreams is just as valuable.
3. Have interests outside of the pool – as.many as possible. You can have a goal you are very focused on, but it’s good and healthy to have other interests.

I’ve enjoyed his vlogs, and not just the content but how he has… Read more »

Chilled out
Reply to  Xman
2 months ago

There are swimmers without vlogs doing much more “for swimming”. Phelps, Dressel, Ledecky, tons of others. I like Cody but it’s just a vlog folks.

swimapologist
Reply to  Chilled out
2 months ago

I respectfully disagree. In an “old school” world where NBC is the voicebox for the sport, maybe. But in the modern world, where YouTube and Instagram and Twitter are the voicebox for the sport, Cody is growing the audience.

Phelps is getting paid to do ads for therapy. Dressel used a racial slur on IG. Ledecky just gives the same vague answers in interviews over and over again. It’s possible that this is the bigger appeal to a certain older generation, but in terms of capturing the young generation, which is what actually benefits the sport, it’s Cody all the way.

I bet if you set up an autograph table with Cody on one side and Dressel on the other,… Read more »

SuperSwimmer 2000
Reply to  swimapologist
2 months ago

You are 100 percent right. Sports marketing these days is about more than just winning races and setting records. You gotta have a presence on social media. It’s probably one of the reasons he was able to sign with Speedo in the last year. He’s older, he’s always kind of on the bubble in recent years terms of making teams and medaling, so why would the biggest swimwear manufacturer in the world pull him away from his former sponsor sign him?

Well, he has 160k subscribers on his YouTube channel. That’s more than a third of the athlete membership of USA Swimming. His videos get 10s of thousands of views. That’s 10s of thousands of people who will watch… Read more »

Xman
Reply to  SuperSwimmer 2000
2 months ago

1/3 of the amount USA Swimming membership is huge.

Keep he has an audience of not just USA Swimming but also kids who might only swim with their high schools team, and community rec leagues. He has a good representation of the market.

How vlogs also have parents who watch them with kids (who is paying for the product.)

Speedo just pushed a huge campaign with their new color suits which from what I could tell at the local swim meet include both tech suits and the 12 and under suits.

I feel that being a top swimmer in the nation but not number 1 in the country or world is also relatable for a lot of people.… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Xman
eagleswim
Reply to  swimapologist
2 months ago

what did dressel say??

Xman
Reply to  Chilled out
2 months ago

For Phelps –
1. He was inspiring to work on swimming a variety of events. But other then selling tickets to a swim meet and maybe promoting speedo suits by dominating in the fastkin series (I would argue they didn’t have real competition in America at the time).

But what is he doing today?

2. Dressel – same as Phelps – and he also does not want to be a celebrity or media personality. He is a superhero.

3. Katie Ledecky – changing what a distance swimmer is capable of doing both for boys and girls. In 6 years we will start seeing a change for both in how to swim those races. Yet outside of appearing at some… Read more »

SuperSwimmer 2000
Reply to  Xman
2 months ago

Phelps is in a different stratosphere compared to any other swimmer. He’s not just a swimmer, he’s the face of the Olympics for the last decade. He is the prototype for an Olympian. People know who he is, regardless of whether they’ve ever competed in swimming or not. At one point, he was the third most-famous athlete in the world behind Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, as defined by his Q-factor rating. He transcends the sport. He does not need to be anything else. That’s a rarity for swimming.

Dressel is not there yet. Maybe he will get there, depending on how he does in Tokyo, but he’s not there yet.

Watching Ledecky swim from a swimmer’s perspective is amazing.… Read more »

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Nick Pecoraro started swimming at age 11, instantly becoming drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing. After joining SwimSwam, the site has become an outlet for him to research and learn about competitive swimming and experience the sport through a new lenses. He graduated in …

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