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 *_*
This Russian swimmer is the same age as me and is a Breaststroke Queen.
In 2007 she won the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke at the short course european championships at the age of 15.
She competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where she had very good results, only no medal to prove it. She changed that in London, where she earned a bronze medal in the 200m Breaststroke.
In the world championships this summer she broke the world record in the 50m Breaststroke (only to have it broken by Ruta Meiluyte a little while later). In those same championships she won the 50 and 200m Breaststroke and earned silver in the 100m.
Then she went to the world cups where she and Atkinson constantly battled over the medals. To prove a point, maybe, she broke the 50m breaststroke short course world record.
And right now I’m watching the European Championships and apparently she broke the short course world record in the 200m Breaststroke.
I love that she always swims with earrings on like “I’m gonna win and I’m gonna look fabulous doing so”. And she does. Damn her hair is so beautiful it makes me want to cry.
Stop being so gorgeous Yulia, please.
& She often swims with a pink cap, how awesome is that!
IF MICHAEL ISN’T YOUR FAVOURITE SWIMMERBABY OF ALL TIME YOU ARE WRONG!
Also, why wouldn’t he be? He’s the king of swimming, he’s done it ALL.
I’m not gonna list all the medals he won because you all already know the man won the most medals ever.
And besides that, he’s a true inspiration. All the people who told him he couldn’t do it, he couldn’t win it all, he couldn’t be anything: oh how wrong you were.
Let me put two of my favourite quotes by him here:
You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.
So I know this swimmerbaby is done with swimming (I know we all hope he goes back on his decision, but who are we kidding, he’s happy and he’s not swimming…), but that doesn’t mean he can’t make this list. Because Michael Phelps isn’t just the greatest Olympian of all the time, he’s the greatest swimmerbaby of all time.
But Michael why did you leave Barcelona on tuesday when I was arriving thursday it hurts IT HURTS
Tom Shields, another Cal Bear in this list (seriously, do they have special food there or something that makes awesome people even more awesome?)!
I like Tom because he’s funny and kind and I really enjoyed watching him race in the world cups against Chad Le Clos. HE EVEN BEAT HIM. Yes, let that sink in for a bit. I can’t find a video I can watch because youtube is being racist.
Unfortunately Tom didn’t make the Team for world championships, but he went to the world cups afterwards, like I just said, and he did really well there.
And Tom is just getting better and better as he goes along. And getting better in long course too (pretty important ;-)) I can’t wait to see him race this summer and the next and then hopefully in Rio!
Honestly, after the whole 2012 Magnussen debacle, I never expected to stan aussies, but then a few found their way into my heart and I love them so much.
Emily is the current backstroke queen, being reigning world champ in the 100 & 200m backstroke and everyone knows she’s dying to get her hands on the gold medal in Rio (after getting silver behind Missy in London).
Emily also loves taking funny selfies, a hobby which I can only encourage.
And she really loves Taylor Swift, another hobby which I more than encourage.
And besides all that, she is the ultimate couple goals together with her backstroking king, Mitchell Larkin. Like how adorable can a couple be, you two need to stop (except really please don’t ever stop).
I wish Emily all the best this week (and also for the rest of her life) and I am keeping my fingers crossed for that WR.
This Big Friendly Giant is one of my favourite swimmerbabies just because he’s awesome. He always comes across super sweet in interviews and he had such a great proposal to his girlfriend Annie Chandler (now his wife and they’re perfect together okay). (x)
+ His parents are from the Netherlands so HE’S BASICALLY MY NEIGHBOUR OKAY!
Also, I generally have a thing for backstrokers because backstroke is my favourite stroke because it’s so chill but then they start to race and it’s so intense and it’s awesome.
And he’s a very honest and admirable swimmer, because after the DQ in Barcelona, Matt told everyone it was his fault, because he was the guy coming in. (In truth, I think it’s nobody’s fault, things just happen sometimes and 0.01 is not something you can just see, so, there’s that).
And of course, the thing we like most about Matt: the ultimate bromance between him and Nathan <3
Everyone who follows my twitter know I highkey love James Guy for lots of reasons but mostly because of this *OMI’s cheerleader plays softly in the background*
(he was cheering for Hannah Miley)
The second most important reason why I love James is because he kicked Sun Yang’s butt in the 200m free in Kazan. THANK YOU JAMES, YOU DA REAL MVP. AND HE TOTALLY WON THE 4x200 RELAY FOR GREAT BRITAIN! HE WAS SO AMAZING.
I also love him because his snapchat is A++ (at least when he remembers to post, it’s been so long James, why aren’t you #leathered anymore??) - add him: jimbobgoon.
ALSO he’s very kind and sweet and ready to reply or favorite you tweets, which is always a nice bonus because he really didn’t have to retweet the same video I send him on three different occasions :’) (we’re basically best friends now, he just needs to realize this, but I am ready to convince him whenever I meet him)
I felt like I needed to make this post fast because she said she’s gonna take it slow after Rio and we all need these two years to admire this awesome lady
BREASTSTROKE LADIES HELL YES!
And she doesn’t just swim breast, no, whether it’s the 4x100m Freestyle or the 4x100m Medley Relay, this lady is there to help Team USA!
Jessica Hardy has 27 medals from major international competition. 27. 27.
She has been World Record holder in the 100m Breast LC and in the 50m Breast LC & SC, but they were all broken last year. 2013 was an amazing year for the women’s breaststroke with Yuliya, Ruta, Rikke & Jessica.
I just love Jessica’s take on things, she’s here to have fun and race. She doesn’t take things to seriously, and in the end, it pays off.
She captioned the next photo as:
I won’t always remember the gold medals, but I’ll always remember the good times with my friends.
And this is exactly what it’s about. Of course the races matter and winning is awesome, but that’s all nothing if you’re not having fun, if you’re not enjoying yourself.
I certainly enjoy watching Jessica and I will cherish every moment I can still see her race.
EUROPEAN SWIMMER BABIES ARE ROCKING THIS YEAR! & I am here to educate you on them, so when this guy wins loads of breaststroke medals in Kazan, you will be able to say: I know this guy, 50freefly told me about this guy. Instead having to say: I have no idea who this cute european ginger is.
So yes, yes, Pan Pacs was hella fun, but meanwhile in Europe, there was something pretty amazing going on too: European Swimming Championships!
I’ll admit, this championship could’ve been more exciting, with better performances from e.g. Yannick Agnel or Vladimir Morozov, BUT some cool things happened.
And one of those cool things was the world record in the 50m Breaststroke by this guy, Adam Peaty.
I love love love Natalie. This gorgeous lady with about a room full of medals to gaze at deserves a high place on everyone’s swimmer babies - list.
After all these years, she’s still here. Still swimming and still being at that world class level.(‘Cause why would you stop if you’re having fun, right? :)) If that’s not something to admire, I don’t know what is. Also, she’s a great team player. Multiple times she’s been team captain and she’s obviously pretty good at it, because Team USA kicks everyone’s butt all the time. (When I found out there was a “Best Team” award at the world championships in Barcelona, I just knew Team USA was going to win it. Really, which other country even stands a chance?)
She’s also a very kind person, as I personally experienced when she thanked me for wishing her a happy birthday on twitter. And she thanked everyone. Who does that? Who takes that much time on her birthday to thank people for wishing her a happy birthday? Class act! There’s a reason Eve and Candace call her Queen Natalie, you know, and it’s not just because she’s an awesome swimmer.
This is way overdue but CONOR DWYER ladies and gentlemen!
I liked Conor since I saw him on the relay team in London (don’t tell me I should’ve known him before that, I am well aware, I live in Belgium and Belgium don’t care ‘bout swimming that much).
I like him even better now 'cause say hello to the winner of the Grand Prix Series! And that with scratching all these events Conor! (Listen to Chase spilling the beans about Conor -> x)
And that brings me to another favourite thing about Conor: BROMANCE! I already had a good feeling about a bromance between Conor and Chase and these news pictures from Australia are just perfect.
Look at them, two dywers and a Kalisz. It’s literally bro-mance, Chase is like the third brother.
There’s also a really funny post about Conor’s tweets that I wanted to show you but I can’t find it, I’m like in the dungeons of the Conor tag and it’s still not here okay. UPDATE I FOUND IT: (x) I think this is my favourite;
Basically, I love Conor Dwyer, just never ever grow that “stache” again. Keep it clean.
Swimmerbabies who come back from retirement are the best swimmerbabies, that’s all I’m saying LOOKING AT YOU MICHAEL.
Anthony Ervin is awesome. There’s no way around it. His tattooed sleeves give him his rock glamour edge but all in all Athony is one of the sweetest guys ever.
And coming back from retirement, the dude starts swimming personal bests SAY WHAT. In 2012 his improved his personal best in the 50 free to a 21.60 and this summer in Barcelona at the World Championships, he managed to chip a bit of that time in the semi-finals, to a 21.42. And just a reminder, he won his gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in the 50 free with a time of 21.98. I don’t need calculate the difference to know that this guy is just getting better and better with age like a fine wine, excuse me, I watch too many Eve and Candace videos.
And the last but not least reason why I love Anthony: NANTHONY!
First of all: how russian can a name get, seriously? :’)
Second: stop smiling like that, it should be illegal.
Third: he’s an amazing swimmer, but that part you could’ve guessed, ‘cause how else could he have made this list, tbh.
I found out about this gorgeous boy during the World Championships last summer in Barcelona. I had tickets for the last four days of the event, except the second to last day (the 50free finale). And I was very angry with myself that I didn’t get tickets 'cause I really wanted to see Nathan Adrian swim. So I convinced my mom to go to the water village in front of the venue, so I could watch the races on one of the screens there. And then I saw Nathan got fourth, and I was sad. And then I saw Cesar Cielo’s terrifying goggles. And then he cried on the medal stand and I was like: okay, if you cry like that because of a medal, you deserved to win. AND THEN THE CAMERA TURNED TO THE GUYS NEXT TO HIM AND I SAW THIS GUY.
So ever since then I’ve been following him and he did great at the world cups and now at the european short course championships and I’m becoming obsessed.
+ He lives in the USA now, but he sometimes trains in Russia too, so he got the *sing this with me okay* BEEEEEEEEEEEEEST OF BOTH WOOOOOOOOORLDS!
And did I mention he’s really cute? I probably did, but he’s so cute I needed to say it again.
Also known as the Iron Lady: Iron Lady [ahy-ern ley-dee], noun: a nickname often used to describe a strong-willed goal-oriented female leader, typically characterized by a ruthless, ambitious, and inflexible approach toward pushing the limits and a fierce desire to set the standards for others to strive for in the future.
NO PAIN NO GAIN, if anyone understands that, it’s Katinka Hosszu. She swims basically everything, except breaststrokes, but don’t be surprised if you do see her race it sometimes. She does anything to get better. (Also if anyone says she’s only good at short course I will fight them, she literally got 3 medals in Rome, Kazan and Barcelona, I’d like to see anyone try)
She earned her first medal in 2004, a bronze in the 4IM in the european short course championships. And in the years leading up to the 2012 Olympics, Katinka Hosszu was well under way to become a very succesful swimmer. It was her third olympics and she was ready to finally earn her medals. But when things went wrong in the 4IM, she wanted to go home and didn’t fully commit to her other events. She didn’t want to swim anymore and got kind of depressed.
Fortunately, her husband and coach Shane got her back into the water and HOW. People wonder why Katinka races so much and does so much events but she once pointed out in an interview that she wants to be ready for anything. In Rio, nothing will come between her and her medals, not if she can help it. She has swum feeling sick and having a cold, she has raced all over the world, broke multiple world records and got a really nice, really big collection of medals along the way. Katinka is ready for Rio, I’m just not sure if we are :’)
She and her husband even built a brand around her nickname, the Iron Lady,which now has a swimwear collection and everything and I want it even though I don’t actually swim :’) OH and she also has a book.
But even outside the pool, she is an amazing person. Always kind to fans and willing to take an picture. (even when she’s waiting in line at the airport after a world championship ;-) ) SHE IS ALSO REALLY FUNNY:
I have a really soft spot for Mireia. Probably because it was just awesome that, every time she swum in the world championships in Barcelona last summer, the entire crowd just started chanting: Mireia Mireia Mireia!
And Mireia was always really humbled about the response, so I kind of immediately added her to my list of swimmers I’d be watching. And she did great! I love how she’s so good at both butterfly and freestyle and that she can combine those in a great medley. Not many people can do the same (except of course Queen Katinka Hosszu, who can do basically anything).
Also, she’s so adorable. idk if I can even say that of a person older than me but there’s no one here to stop me
And even if I can’t read a single tweet of her (no habla espanol), I will continue to follow her.
Meet Ranomi, the swimmer with the best name ever. You should like her, just based on her name, tbh.
But if that’s not enough, you can like her because she’s an awesome freestyler (3 Olympic Medals, 50free, 100free and 4x100 freestyle relay and a lot of world championship titles.)
Or you like her because she’s dutch, and dutch people are very kind and very funny and also a bit weird. Because this is what dutch people do on trainingcamp in Thailand, apparently:
Or you can like her because she dared Aliaksandra Herasimenia to stick out her tongue, on the medal stand at the olympics, because she ate candy that coloured her tongue blue. And Aliaksandra complied, because who can say no to Ranomi?
OR YOU CAN LIKE HER BECAUSE ALL OF THE ABOVE, LIKE ME!
HOW CAN CESAR NOT BE ONE OF YOUR FAVOURITE SWIMMER BABIES?
Look at this picture. Look at it!
Still not in your list? Let me tell you why he should be :)
1) EMOTION. No one does emotions like Cesar, sorry not even you Chad.
Vlad is like are you kidding me, again? but yes, vlad, again.
But not just crying. Cesar is also scary and intimidating. The banging on his chest before a race and the cries of victory before the crying starts.
Nathan’s like what is happening over there
Never ever have I made a post with this many pictures but this needed to be done
and don’t think I’m saying it sarcastically that I love it when he cries. I love a man who shows emotion.
and it’s okay to be beyond happy when you win :)
2) he’s is still the world record holder in the 50 & 100m free. 20.91 and 46.91 that’s pretty freakin’ impressive. I don’t even know when they’re going to break these records, but even James Magnussen isn’t there yet. And Cesar isn’t going down without a fight. Definitely not in the 50m free, where he’s still the top swimmer, with a 21.39 already this year.
3) he’s brazilian and Rio 2016 + Cesar = <3
4) he’s adorable
5) if you’re not convinced yet idk how to convince you, there is not fifth point, the four above are reason enough to love Cesar.