Last night, the US mens 4×100 Freestyle relay won gold by a fingertip, keeping alive Michael Phelps’ goal of winning a record 8 gold medals in one Olympic games. What you may not know is that the four-man team was mostly made up of guys who did not swim in the preliminaries. 4 “scrubs” swam the prelims (setting a new world record, broken by their own teammates a mere 15 hours later) and the one “scrub” with the fastest splits got to join the 3 big boys for the finals. I am tickled pink for Phelps and his teammates, but man does that suck for the 3 left-behinds. The finals team doesn’t get to compete if the prelims team doesn’t do well. So here is a post in their honor.
Nathan Adrian, 19 years old, 6’5, left the University of California to train for the Olympics
Matt Grevers, 23 years old, 6’7, swam for Northwestern
My newest crush Ben Wildman-Tobriner, almost 24 years old, swam for Stanford. Wildman indeed.