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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
03 August 1984
188 cm
Wife Kayla Rae Reid, son Caiden [2017], daughter Liv Rae [2019]
Gainesville, FL, USA
Higher education
Sports Management - University of Florida: Gainesville, FL, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five in Rochester, NY, United States of America.
Why this sport?
His parents were swimming coaches. He was also inspired after meeting US swimmer Pablo Morales at the 1992 US Olympic Trials just before he went on to win two gold medals at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Club / Team
Gator Swim Club: Gainesville, FL, USA
Name of coach
Gregg Troy [club], USA, from 2017
Training Regime
He trains at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, United States of America. He swims between 6000 and 7500 metres a day.

General Interest

Surfing, skateboarding, volleyball, basketball, drawing, spending time with his dog. (Facebook page, 19 Apr 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Pablo Morales. (, 06 Jan 2016)
He had an appendectomy [surgical removal of the appendix] in August 2020. (, 13 Nov 2020)

In November 2013 he was injured when a fan knocked him over in the street in Florida, United States of America. He tore his medial collateral ligament [MCL] and sprained the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his left knee. He returned to training in December 2013 but injured the same knee in April 2014. (, 06 Nov 2013; wcnc, 05 Dec 2013;, 23 Dec 2014;, 24 May 2014)

In 2011 he sustained a strained medial collateral ligament [MCL] while reaching for his phone in the back of his car. (, 26 Sep 2018)

He tore his medial collateral ligament [MCL] while dancing in October 2009. He underwent knee surgery and returned to the water in January 2010. (FINA World Aquatics Magazine, 01 Feb 2010)

In 2008 he fractured his shoulder playing hide and seek, and sprained his ankle chasing his dog Canter. (, 26 Sep 2018)

In 2007 he fractured his foot in a scooter accident. (, 26 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go big, or go home." (Facebook page, 05 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named International Swimming Federation [FINA] Male Swimmer of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2013. (, 06 Jan 2014; FINA, 31 Dec 2010)

In 2011 he was named the Golden Goggles Male Athlete of the Year for the third year in a row. He won the title again in 2013. (, 25 Nov 2013;, 18 Jul 2012)

He was named Male Swimmer of the Meet at the 2010 World Short Course Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (, 18 Jul 2012)

He was twice named National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Swimmer of the Year in United States of America. (, 06 Jan 2016)
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 01 Aug 2019)
Other information
In June 2019 he and wife Kayla had their second child. He admitted this led to less focus on training and caused him to gain weight. "When my daughter was born [in 2019], training kind of started slipping away. So I went to fast food, and I started eating just everything, just not good. And so when I swam nationals [in 2019] I swam 22 pounds overweight. Since then, I've lost 17 pounds. My swimming, my times that I'm doing in practice, are things that I've seen back when I was at my peak in 2012." (, 23 Oct 2019)

He was banned for 14 months between May 2018 and July 2019 after receiving an intravenous infusion without a therapeutic use exemption. He posted an image of himself receiving the intravenous infusion on his social media in May 2018, which prompted an investigation from the United States Anti-Doping Agency [USADA]. (USADA, 23 Jul 2018;, 23 Jul 2018;, 23 Jul 2018)

During his 2018/19 ban for receiving an intravenous infusion without a therapeutic use exemption he attended an alcohol rehabilitation unit. "I'm glad I went to rehab and got checked out as it helped me put things in perspective in my life on what is really more important. And I'm definitely not the same person I was three years ago. I'm a different person. I'm just trying to be a different person. I'm having fun again and haven't had fun since the 2012 Olympics [in London]." (, 01 Aug 2019)

In September 2016 he was banned for 10 months by USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee [USOC] for breaching codes of conduct at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He and teammates Jimmy Feigen, Joseph Bentz and Jack Conger were filmed on closed-circuit television [CCTV] vandalising a petrol station during a night out. He initially falsely claimed they had been robbed at gunpoint. Feigen, Bentz and Conger were also all banned for four months. (, 22 Jun 2018;, 08 Sep 2016, 21 Aug 2016)

In 2016 he was a contestant in season 23 of the US television programme 'Dancing with the Stars'. He partnered Cheryl Burke in the competition. In 2019 he appeared on US reality TV show 'Celebrity Big Brother'. (, 21 Jan 2019;, 26 Sep 2016)

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