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Caeleb
Dressel
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 August 1996
Residence
Gainesville, FL, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took part in his first race at age four. He decided to focus on swimming instead of football at age 12.
Why this sport?
He began swimming competitively after watching his older brother Tyler compete. He was inspired to focus on the sport after watching the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing on TV.
Club / Team
Gator Swim Club: Gainesville, FL, USA
Name of coach
Gregg Troy [club], USA
Training Regime
He trains twice a day, with a combined weights and pool session in the morning and a pool session in the afternoon.

General Interest

Hobbies
Socialising with friends, playing video games, reading, playing the drums and ukelele. (globo.com, 04 Feb 2019; olympics.nbcsports.com, 18 Dec 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (sport24.co.za, 31 Jul 2017
Injuries
He suffered minor injuries after being involved in a motorcycle accident in June 2018, but recovered in time to compete at the US national championships the following month in Irvine, CA, United States of America. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 12 Aug 2018; wsj.com, 15 Jul 2019)

He underwent deviated septum [nose] surgery in early 2014. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 22 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I just want to be a better man every day, and from there, the swimming will come." (tokyo2020.org, 30 Sep 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Male Athlete of the Year in both 2017 and 2019 by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (fina.org, 02 Dec 2017; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 11 Feb 2020)

He received the Male Athlete of the Year and Male Race of the Year awards at USA Swimming's 2019 Golden Goggle Awards. (digitaljournal.com, 25 Nov 2019)

He was named 2019 Male Swimmer of the Year by swimming website SwimSwam at the Swammy Awards. (swimswam.com, 30 Dec 2019)

He was presented with the 2019 Athlete of the Year award at the 2019 United States Aquatic Sports [USAS] Convention. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 15 Sep 2019)

During his collegiate career at the University of Florida, he was named College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America [CSCAA] Swimmer of the Year in 2018, CSCAA Co-Swimmer of the Year twice and Southeastern Conference [SEC] Male Swimmer of the Year three times. (floridagators.com, 01 Aug 2018; usaswimming.org, 12 Apr 2019)

He was named Male Swimmer of the Meet at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where he won seven gold medals. (swimswam.com, 31 Jul 2017; floridagators.com, 30 Jul 2017)
Milestones
He set a record for most medals won at a single edition of the world championships when he claimed eight medals at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (swimswam.com, 28 Jul 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 28 Jul 2019)
Famous relatives
His sister Sherridon has competed in swimming at national level in the United States of America. (floridagators.com, 01 Aug 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 12 Oct 2020)
Other information
PODCAST
In late 2019 he launched a podcast with his housemate Ben Kennedy titled 'The Ben and Caeleb Show'. "I wanted something outside of swimming that I could put energy into, and I feel like people could really get a look into my life. I feel like I'm a little bit sheltered on social media. I'm not the biggest fan of social media. I share what I want. I don't really let my whole self out there. If you want the best way to get to know me [and] my career, things I'm struggling with even, things I'm thinking about, watch the podcast." (olympics.nbcsports.com, 28 May 2020)