As predicted, the list of sponsors for Olympic athletes is
growing as the Road to Rio quickly approaches.
Nathan Adrian added BMW to his list as he’s now
part of its Performance Team for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic
Games. Also on the team are fellow swimmers Tyler Clary and Maya
DiRado as well as Paralympians and hopefuls Josh George, Tatyana
McFadden, April Holmes, Aaron Pike and Chelsea McClammer, all of
track and field.
Adrian’s other sponsors include Speedo, BP and Coca-Cola.
Olympic champion Nathan Adrian will compete for Team USA in the
Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, Dec. 11-12, in Indianapolis.
Adrian, of Bremerton, is one of 36 athletes (17 men, 19 women) who
will represent USA Swimming. The roster also includes Ryan Lochte,
Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Tyler Clary and Matt Grevers.
This is the seventh duel, held every other year since 2003. The
Americans are 6-0 all-time.
Also, Bob Schaller of USA Swimming caught up with Nathan
recently for another 20 Question Tuesday. You can read that here.
The Olympic Games channel on its Facebook page posted a four-way
comparison video of the four swimming strokes — freestyle,
butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke — and surprise, surprise guess
which one came out fastest?
Yup, the freestyle.
And the video they used for the comparison was from the London
Games, and Nathan Adrian’s win in the 100 freestyle.
It’s never NOT a good time to sit back and watch that race again
… and again … and again… It will forever give me chills.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is nominated for two Golden Goggle
awards, the mixed 4×100 free relay and the men’s 4×100 medley
relay from the World Championships earlier this year in Russia.
The mixed relay included an all-star cast in Ryan Lochte (48.79
split), Adrian (47.29), Simone Manuel (53.66) and Missy Franklin
(53.31). The quartet came in in a world-record time of 3 minutes,
24.51 seconds. The U.S. was behind at various times throughout the
race, but Adrian and Manuel pulled the Americans even with Russia
and it was Franklin who surged home for the gold.
In the men’s medley, Adrian anchored the team that included Ryan
Murphy (53.05), Kevin Cordes (58.88) and Tom Shields (50.59) to a
gold in 3:29.93, just .15 seconds in front of Australia. The
Americans trailed Great Britain and Australia after the
breaststroke, but Shields’ strong butterfly leg put the U.S. ahead
as Adrian took over. Adrian’s anchor time of 47.41 held off Cameron
McEvoy of Australia in the final 10 meters.