2020 Tokyo Olympics: Michael Phelps Sends Special Message to First Team USA Swimmer to Win Gold Medal

by Clayton Edwards
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for LA28)

Micheal Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. In fact, he holds the record for gold medals in individual events as well as the record for medals of any rank in individual events. He was a titan in the pool. Luckily for just about everyone else competing this year, Phelps retired after the Rio Olympics in 2016. However, he is in Tokyo for the rescheduled 2020 Olympics.

This year, Michael Phelps is at the analysts’ table alongside Rowdy Gaines and Dan Hicks. He will serve as an NBC analyst for several swimming competitions. But, he hasn’t distanced himself too far from the competition. As a recent Instagram post proves, he still has strong ties to the American swim team.

Yesterday, Chase Kalisz became the first Team USA swimmer to bring home a gold medal. To do that, he completed the men’s individual 400-meter medley in just over 4:09. This isn’t the young swimmer’s first Olympic gold medal for the event. He took home the top prize in the 400-meter medley in 2012 as well as 2016. On the other hand, his win brought Team USA its first gold at the Tokyo Olympics. Michael Phelps congratulated Kalisz in an Instagram post early this morning. Check it out below:

The photo shows Kalisz celebrating his strong finish at yesterday’s event. In the caption, Michael Phelps penned a warm message to his fellow gold medalist. “It’s been a fun ride watching you grow up in the sport. Congrats on accomplishing your childhood dream!!” Phelps signed off with the hashtag “#ProudOfYouLittleBro.”

The love goes both ways. Kalisz commented on Michael Phelps’ post, saying, “Love you, bro! Means the world to have you here in Tokyo.”

Michael Phelps Brings His Experience to the Analysts’ Table

There are few people in the world who are as qualified to comment on Olympic swimming events as Michael Phelps. After all, he knows what it takes to bring home the gold time and time again.

Phelps isn’t the most excitable or animated commentator on the NBC broadcast. However, he can speak to the swimmers’ technique like no one else could. Check out the video below to hear him talk about Chase Kalisz’s gold medal win in real-time. He lets his fellow analysts handle the excitement. However, when he speaks, he drops knowledge.

Another interesting thing to note about Michael Phelps’ commentary on this race comes at about the two-minute mark in the video. They’re discussing Chase Kalisz’s backstroke. The gold medalist was nearing the end of the lap. As Phelps breaks down his technique he says, “This is a really important wall… I talked to him yesterday after the prelims. He’s got to hit this wall.”

So, Michael Phelps isn’t just there on the NBC broadcast team. He is also there spending time with Team USA and giving them pointers.