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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
Higher education
Ecology - University of Florida: Gainesville, FL, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took part in his first race at age four, after watching his older brother Tyler compete.
Why this sport?
He was inspired after watching the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He decided to focus on swimming ahead of football at age 12.
Club / Team
Gator Swim Club: Gainesville, FL, USA
Name of coach
Gregg Troy [club]
Training Regime
He trains twice a day, with a joint 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 from some minor injuries after being involved in a motorcycle accident in 2018. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 12 Aug 2018)

He underwent deviated septum [nose] surgery at the start of 2014. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 22 Jan 2016)
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 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 the 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 for the University of Florida in the United States of America. (floridagators.com, 01 Aug 2018)
Other information
PODCAST
He co-hosts a podcast with housemate Ben Kennedy titled 'The Ben and Caeleb Show'. The show is a non-swimming related podcast. "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, is to watch the podcast." (olympics.nbcsports.com, 28 May 2020)