Bremerton native Nathan Adrian signed a multi-year contract with
swimsuit manufacturer Speedo on Tuesday, marking the first
endorsement contract for the 22-year-old.
Adrian’s incentive-laden contract extends past the 2016 Olympics
and sets him up to continue to train at the University of
California, where he lives. Adrian turned professional not long
after his collegiate career ended earlier this year.
He signed with Janey Miller of Octogan shortly after helping the
Bears win their first NCAA Division I men’s swimming
“It’s exciting. It’s an amazing opportunity that presented
itself,” Adrian said of joining Speedo. “I’m thankful I have the
opportunity to keep swimming past (my) NCAA eligibility.”
Adrian said the contract is based on performance and starts from
“hardly making a living to making a pretty neat living, enough to
buy a house.”
Speedo USA president John Gerson said: “We are thrilled to
welcome Nathan to Team Speedo. The world took notice of Nathan
after his remarkable swims these past few years and so did we.
Speedo looks forward to working with him in the lead-up to London
Other Speedo endorsed swimmers include Michael Phelps, Ryan
Lochte, Natalie Coughlin and Eamon Sullivan of Australia.
Adrian has in the past worn several different suits, but is now
committed to Speedo.
“Speedo makes a great suit, they always have,” he said. “Really,
you can’t go wrong there.”
Last year, Adrian won national titles in the 50 and 100-meter
freestyles and four fold medals at the 2010 Pan Pacific
Championships. He won gold as the anchor on the 400 medley relay
and bronze in the 400 free relay at the FINA world championships in
This year, Adrian won the 50 free at the nationals this past
summer and is slated to swim at the upcoming winter nationals, Dec.
1-3 in Atlanta.
Adrian has been busy recently traveling.
He spoke as a panelist of Olympic hopefuls for the Olympic and
Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs at the U.S. Olympic
Committee headquarters and will be making a guest appearance, along
with former Olympian Anthony Ervin, at the Pacific Swimming
Diversity Committee’s Diversity Camp on Saturday in San Jose.
He’s planning on making two trips back to Bremerton during the
holiday season, including hosting a swim clinic in Bellevue, and
continues to train for the London Games.