Zach Apple Breaks Down 2021 Olympic Training Camp, Previews Olympic Games

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We sat down with newly signed Speedo athlete and 2021 Olympian Zach Apple. Apple talks us through both the process of signing a deal with Speedo and making the 2021 US Olympic Team in Omaha. He proceeds to give us the full scoop on Olympic training camp, including some suited swims he threw down just last week in practice.

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Ol' Longhorn
8 days ago

Zach for the upset in the 100 free final — definitely in the realm of possibility given how crazy the history of the 100 free (men’s and women’s) have been. Like his confidence and momentum.

TheloniusPunk
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
8 days ago

Great closing speed. I think if he can get himself out quicker than his usual, he’ll be right in the mix.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
7 days ago

I feel like Miressi is similarly underrated in a “someone no one’s picking is gonna end up on the podium” sense.

Woke Stasi
8 days ago

Coleman: very nice interview with Zack Apple. He is poised and articulate. He will represent the USA well in the pool, in the interview rooms, and (it appears) with his teammates.

Hswimmer
8 days ago

Yeah why is nobody mentioning ZAPPLE for gold? He’s been 46 on a relay start and improves every year flat start, and has been working on the back 50…

Marklewis
Reply to  Hswimmer
8 days ago

Because Dressel. Enough said.

Fina Fide
8 days ago

Zapple does well in big meets. I hope this stays true.

HJones
7 days ago

I’m happy for Zapple and want him to kill it in Tokyo, but I really don’t know how I feel about him signing with a sponsor right before the OGs whose tech suits he didn’t even wear at trials or in-season. He has religiously worn Mizuno suits and I’ve never seen him race in Speedo-branded anything. Regardless of which suit you like better (99% of swimmers would say a Mizuno blows Speedo away), why change something that has seemingly worked great for you and helped you get to where you are? At least psychologically, I wouldn’t be comfortable making that big of a change at this point in the season. Or, at the very least, wait until after the Olympics… Read more »

M L
Reply to  HJones
6 days ago

I always wonder how fast Phelps would’ve gone had he worn the best suits available. The second-best Speedo in 2007? Speedo instead of Arena or Jaked in 2009? The constantly puckering MP cap in 2016…

Last edited 6 days ago by M L
Bruh
7 days ago

Great interview, especially on Zach’s part. Rooting for him in Tokyo!

Steve Nolan
7 days ago

I was getting so pumped about his chances from this, until he mentioned he just eats whatever. But then I realized I think that because I am nearly 10 years older than him and that he could definitely do the Lochte diet of only Big Macs in Tokyo and still do alright.

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Steve Nolan
7 days ago

@Steve Nolan You’re only in your mid-30s? What a surprise! Band and music references aside, many of your comments have enough self-loathing that I had you pegged for someone at least a decade or two older. 🙂

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Woke Stasi
7 days ago

lol tyvm, an old soul. I am on the record as defending ages ending in “-1/-2/-3” as early, “-4/-5/-6” are mid and “-7/-8/-9” are late. (When you’re 30 or 40 you’re just 30 or 50, no descriptor needed.)

It’s maybe my least popular take but I am holding on to my “early” thirties as much as I can.

dresselgoat
Reply to  Steve Nolan
7 days ago

Steve, all your takes are unpopular.

Admin
Reply to  dresselgoat
7 days ago

Chill.

PVK
7 days ago

Zapple could be around 47.5 to put himself right in the mix in that 100 final.

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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