Will Olympic Champion Nathan Adrian Make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team?

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comWill 5-time Olympic champion Nathan Adrian make the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team? It’s a fair question. He’s on the march toward his 4th U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, and I’m bullish on his performance for two reasons:

  1. Back at the 2019 World Championships, 5 months after recovering from cancer, Nathan anchored the men’s 4×100 free relay with a 47.08 — holding off Russia’s Evgeny Rylov to help Team USA to World Championship gold.
  2. At the recent Mission Pro Swim he dropped a 48.7 100m free, a very solid in-season swim after this trying COVID shutdown year.
I’m not sure he’ll make the U.S. Olympic Team individually, but I do see him on the 4×100 free relay, and I see him leading the U.S. Team as captain to a successful effort in Tokyo.
Considering Nathan’s 2019 World Championship relay split, 47.08, and his 48.7 flat start swim at the recent Mission Pro Swim, I see him dipping under 48 seconds, dropping a 47.79 in the 100m free final.  I think that’s going to be 4th or 5th in the U.S. Trials final.  Nathan’s gone 48 in the 100m free more times than any human in history. He can dip under 48 seconds shaven and tapered from muscle-memory alone.  4th or 5th puts him on the relay, and at the Olympic Games, I think his experience will be what puts him on the 4×100 free relay at night in the Olympic final.  But who cares what I think. It’s all about what you think. Bring me your best expert swimming analysis.

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1 year ago

Adrian is a blue chip stock that always pays dividends.

1 year ago

I think if Adrian can make the final, he can make the team. Right now he’s in a pretty good position to make the final, but of course anything can happen. I would have him at 47 high/48 low.

1 year ago

The 100 spot individually will be tough but I think he has a strong chance at a relay spot and even a good chance at a 50 free spot

1 year ago


Mr Piano
1 year ago

Plot twist: Adrian pops a best time at trials in a time of 47.47 to sneak past held who goes 47.48 for the 2nd individual spot.

Mr Piano
1 year ago

Bro he had cancer in 2019…

1 year ago

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Reply to  ZanBai
1 year ago

It’ll be a battle for second Held/Apple. Apple is a good taper swimmer

Tom Dean > Dean Farris
1 year ago


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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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