Never ending list of Swimmer Babies: Nathan Adrian
I blame Nathan Adrian for my high expectations of men, THERE I SAID IT.
Won everyone’s heart when he won the 100m Free in London Olympics, beating James Magnussen by 0.01s. Don’t you dare say that’s just “luck”, watch the video and educate yourself :) Nathan has been faster than Magnussen mutiple times, there’s no such thing as luck, only getting to the wall first, that’s what counts.
He also won silver in the 4x100m Free Relay and gold in the 4x100m Medley relay, where he swam as an anchor in Michael Phelps very last race *crying forever*. If you haven’t seen the video of this relay, search it on youtube NOW, it is beautiful.
When Nathan won the 100m Free, his reaction was priceless. My heart warmed and I just thought: that’s it, that’s exactly what it should look like if you win Olympic Gold. I tweeted then “Nathan Adrian, next in line as my favourite swimmer”. I didn’t realize how true that was :)
Then in Michael’s very last race, Nathan was flying through the pool, it was so perfect. When they used the under water camera, all they got was him, the others were way behind, I still get goosebumps when I think of it.
Now, a year later, Nathan is still on fire. Some people might disagree because he didn’t win a gold medal at the world championships, but let me remind you - just as Nathan did - that he never won an individual medal at a world championship before. And with all the pressure from being an Olympian and having to face Magnussen again, I say he did pretty damn good :) Silver in the 4x100m Free (fastest first leg, beating James Magnussen, thank you very much), bronze in the 100m Free, 4th in the 50m Free (now let me remind you he didn’t even compete in the olympics in this race, so 4th in the world is still pretty good) and then… okay, it’s still hard to talk about this DQ in the 4x100m Medley relay BUT Nathan had the fastest split in a textile suit EVER. 46.69 DEAR GOD HOW AWESOME IS THAT? The disqualification hurt, and still hurts, but everyone knows that’s the only way other countries could ever win. Nathan had 1.5s on the next guy. That’s FOREVER in swimming. So it’s kind of bittersweet, but there’s no doubt in my mind that next time, they’ll win, and Nathan will pull one hell of split again :)
(also, never let Nathan lead off again, like in the 4x100m Free. He did his job - keep Magnussen from getting a major lead on everyone - but he’s such a good anchor, keep him there ;))
And not only is this guy an amazing swimmer, he’s an even more amazing person. I’m not going to get into that because this post is way too long already, but just a short list of random stuff that matters to me:
- He’s happy with who he is but he still tries to be better and get faster: confidence and ambition
- He likes to read books, and read books before seeing the movie based on it *_*
- He’s a kid at heart
- He’s very funny
- He likes Harry Potter
Boys, TAKE NOTES!