We had the pleasure of speaking with Team USA’s Nathan Adrian about what he has been up to and his next steps at the Golden Goggles, which were held in New York, NY. Adrian brought home 3 Olympic medals this summer, including Olympic gold in the 100-meter freestyle and in the 4×100-meter freestyle final.
Elizabeth Tam (ET): How did it feel to be nominated for a Golden Goggle?
Nathan Adrian (NA): It feels good. It is nice to have a night of appreciation, a night to look back on how team USA did at the Olympics. We constantly look forward, a matter of weeks after the Olympics, it’s like alright what are we going to do differently this season to get better, how are we going to train, how are we going to organize our schedule so we can fit some professional obligations and enough training in it.
ET: What was some of the things you did when you first got back from the Olympics?
NA: I ate a lot of hamburgers and processed food that I had been avoiding for the last year or so. I spent a lot of time at home it was so nice. Families come out to watch you at meets, but I literally saw them 3 times, so it was nice to actually spend time with my family. I have a new nephew and hes starting realize what the world is around him, which is exciting!
ET: What is the best part about doing what you do and what was the most meaningful part of the Olympics?
NA: The relationships we build outside the pool. The thing you see on TV is a very cohesive group that goes and swims together, but that had to be created. We are all from different cub teams, no more than 3-4 train at the same location at once. We see each other on this competitive level, but once you literally spend all day every day with them for a month or two months you create some really great friendships and new friends.
ET: What are you up to now?
NA: I am training, a good bit of travel here and there, making a few appearances and then I’m back to the grind.
ET: Is there anything you are doing differently to train?
NA: We have created a great program at Cal and it’s all about developing strength outside the water, bringing it into the water and creating endurance.
ET: What motivated you to get involve with the Salvation Army and their red kettle program?
NA: My dad. He has been doing work with the Salvation Army for years and years. He is actually on the board there and he got an elected position recently. I remember every winter time he was out there ringing the bells and collecting the kettles and even had me doing it as a young kid. Now is a great time to be able to give back and get involved.
ET: What exactly will you be doing to get involved?
NA: I am going to their concert and when I’m home I am going to find time to ring the bells. I am going to be kicking off the world record contest for who can ring the bell the longest. I am going to do as much as I can, especially when I am home.
ET: Final question of the night, what do you look forward to the most during the holidays?
NA: The thing I am looking forward to the most is spending time with my family.
Thank you to Nathan Adrian for taking the time to speak to us!
For more information on Nathan Adrian and USA Swimming, please visit: www.usaswimming.org