Watch Dressel Critique Famous Movie Swimming Scenes

Video courtesy of GQ Sports YouTube Channel

Just last week we saw just how much electricity superstar Caeleb Dressel can bring to the pool, as the 24-year-old wreaked havoc at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha. Dressel reaped victories across the 50m free, 100m free and 100m fly, firing off an American Record of 21.04 in the former and a U.S. Open record in the 100m free.

Throughout his career, however, the former Florida Gator and multi-world champion has also demonstrated his groundedness and ability to step away from his intense in-pool persona to maintain a successful swim-life balance. Part of his out-of-pool work involves public appearances and media specials, which are only intensifying as the Olympic Games draw near.

On this note, Dressel recently appeared on GQ Sports YouTube Channel, offering a comical, yet insightful narration on swimming scenes from several famous movies.

‘I think he could have saved Wilson, to be honest’, is one commentary Dressel gives on actor Tom Hanks’ futile attempt to save his beloved volleyball friend in Cast Away.

‘All the starts were terrible’, is how he candidly described the backstroke race in the movie Swimming Upstream.

But it wasn’t just all playfully negative critique, as Dressel also offers up sharp insight, thoughtfully weaving his own technique and racing nuances into the observations. He describes how many dolphin kicks he normally takes, what he strives to achieve with his hips in every stroke, as well as when he fees fastest in the pool.

Take a listen and learn some valuable swimming wisdom in a fun way from one of the best athletes on the planet.

In This Story

24
Leave a Reply

Subscribe
Notify of
24 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
PVSFree
1 month ago

Disappointed Dressel didn’t break down this scene in Pretty Little Liars, think he would’ve enjoyed it quite a bit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnlYc7TCXDY

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

Wow, that impressively bad.

PVSFree
Reply to  Drewbrewsbeer
1 month ago

Trust me, I could write a thesis on how bad this scene is. The head position, the streamlines, the turns, the underwaters, how her catch is non-existent, and going straight into the wall. The craziest thing, however, is HOW THEY GET HER OUT OF THE POOL. She just rammed STRAIGHT into the wall (albeit not too fast), which can compress your spine and cause a spinal injury. But instead of backboarding her and ensuring they limit any possible damage to her spinal cord, they PULL HER OUT OF THE POOL AS HER HEAD GETS STUCK ON THE WALL. The fatality rate at this pool must be impressive

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

On top of all that its terribly shot, directed and edited.

Jay Ryan
1 month ago

Hey Caeleb. Love the content. There are a few movie clips that have ACTUAL SWIMMERS swimming, though. One is the Movie SWIMFAN. The protagonist Jesse Bradford is clearly not a swimmer but looked OK, but he obviously had an action double they would show occasionally in some scenes swimming effortlessly with a smooth high catch and perfect body position (a real swimmer). I could not find the name of the double, but he is NOT Bradford. The other is Timothy Olyphant (late of “Justified” and “Live free or Die Hard”) in the movie A PERFECT GETAWAY. In one scene near the end Timothy is languidly cruising backstroke in the ocean off the Napali coast in Kauai. I was like “wow,… Read more »

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Jay Ryan
1 month ago
Jay Ryan
Reply to  Jay Ryan
1 month ago

I could not find a clip of TO swimming but in this clip he discusses it and shows an old jock photo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKHnZGJ61MM&t=185s

Phil
Reply to  Jay Ryan
1 month ago

I recall in SWIMFAN the 200 Free times in the Big Meet being ridiculously fast for high school… All six in the heat finishing as a pack in the mid 1:30’s. And that wasn’t enough to get to Stanford.

Xman
1 month ago

Does Jason Statham have any scenes of him swimming (not a body double?) I’m his movies?

Yes he was a diver but I’m sure he has good fundamentals to fake it.

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Some diving clips courtesy of Ozzyman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOFSuJFsia4

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Jay Ryan
1 month ago

Maybe Ozzyman can do color commentary with Rowdy

SwimMom
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

YES! in some of his spy/action films… it was so great to see a real swimmer ACTUALLY swimming …

SwimMom
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Two I can think of are THE MEG and EXPENDIBLES

Xman
1 month ago

Also I hope Caeleb gets a chance to be in some action movies – he has the build for it.

Just Imagine Caeleb and The Rock – fighting pirates. The Rock jumps onto a jet ski, Caeleb dives in swims next to the jet ski and they catch the bad guys.

Oh and he fights a shark and a sea monster…

Dudeman
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

you can only have so many dope tattoos in one movie!

Xman
Reply to  Dudeman
1 month ago

No, the rule is the more tattoos the more explosions and speed!

Ah he might get to ride a motorcycle again! (Is he still allowed to?)

Wetness
1 month ago

Shows how much Caleb knows, HBC – the best coach on American soil – uses a whistle. Proof, ONLY the greatest coaches use whistles. Maybe he should consider a change in his training location, to see what he’s actually capable of.

Drew Dweetzer
1 month ago

Nice link. Thanks. Several questions: 1) have you kept up with “Livestream Andy”?; are you currently coaching?; and, 3) what’s your best 200y free time?

Josh
1 month ago

The Guardian was left out?

Xman
Reply to  Josh
1 month ago

I didn’t save anything for th swim back!

My affirmation I would tell myself during college winter training trips.

Xman
Reply to  Xman
1 month ago

Just realized ment Gattica

FraserThorpe
1 month ago

That scene in sex education frustrated me so much. Great show tho.

The swimmers in swimming upstream are clearly competent so I think that bad head position was a deliberate choice on the filmmakers part.

About Retta Race

Retta Race

Swim analyst, businesswoman.

Read More »