Watch: The Antics of Gold Medal Mel In the Aquazone


While at the 2016 U.S Olympic Trials Olympic gold medallist and SwimSwam co-founder Gold Medal Mel (Mel Stewart) had some fun in the Aquazone (the area designated at the Olympic Trials with booths set up ect.) signing autographs and joking around with the mascots.

You can see Gold Medal Mel in the video above signing autographs and posing for pictures with young swimming fans.

Gold Medal Mel was one of the many Olympians who came through to meet with fans in the Aquazone and sign autographs as a member of the USA Swimming Foundation. At trials, Gold Medal Mel presented Michael Phelps with his gold medal in the 200m butterfly.

Gold Medal Mel won three Olympic medals including two gold at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. His most notable performance was a gold in the 200m butterfly.

Stewart was the world record holder in the 200m butterfly, breaking Michael Gross’ record in January of 1995. His record stood until June of 1995.

Stewart’s world record time of 1:55.69 would have placed second at these Olympic trials, giving him a spot on the Olympic team.



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Lane Four
8 years ago

How did I miss this?????? Post some more stuff!

8 years ago

Mel, maybe I can add your autograph to my shirt next to Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin 😉

Reply to  SwimmerFoxJet
8 years ago

I forget Coleman shot this. Very long days make you silly….or grumpy.

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Mitch Bowmile

Mitch worked for 5-years with SwimSwam news as a web producer focusing on both Canadian and international content. He coached for Toronto Swim Club for four seasons as a senior coach focusing on the development of young swimmers. Mitch is an NCCP level 2 certified coach in Canada and an ASCA Level …

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