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US Olympic Swimmers Makes a Stop in Singapore ahead of World Championships 2023

Updated: Jul 29, 2023

Photo credit: Thandy Tan Wen Ying

[SINGAPORE, 17 July 2023] Last Saturday on the 15th of July, Singapore Aquatics held a Meet-the-Press session with US Olympic swimmers for a training camp ahead of the July 14-30 Fukuoka 2023 World Aquatics Championships along with a Meet & Greet sessions for fans.

A surprising number of fans filled the queues that Saturday to meet with their favourite swimmers, a whopping total of 568 fans showed up for the meet.

Photo credit: Thandy Tan Wen Ying

We got an exclusive first look of the swimmers in action as they showed off their moves in the OCBC Aquatic Centre to hundreds of eager fans and spectators. It was clear the US Olympic Swimmers were in tiptop shape with their incredible physique, speed, grace and technique in the water leaving our fans in awe.

After drying off, the swimmers spoke with the Press and gave us the opportunity to get to know more about them firsthand.

Speaking to Ryan Held, an Olympic Gold Medalist, he shared a candid insight as to what it's been like to be in the sport for most of his whole life and the challenges that he has faced.

“It’s one of those sports where you and your individual teammates could be each other’s biggest competitors and then 30 minutes later, you guys are both on the relay and now you guys are your biggest supporters,” Held shared as we asked him what he found to be the most unique part of the sport.

When asked about what was the toughest part of the sport mentally for him, Held shared how isolating the sport can be doing the same training everyday and how brutal the swimming world can be in the United States. He also added that a swimmer could be training for years honing their technique. One bad swimming meet or last minute mishaps such as an injury or cold is all it takes to derail all they have worked for.

Compared to the rest of the world that gives their swimmers about a year and multiple swimming meets to qualify for world games or the Olympics, in the United States, they only get one chance to prove themselves.

Held also shared that he deals with competition pressure by compartmentalising his feelings, putting those nervous feelings aside and calming down and around 2 to 3 hours before the race, he uses the nervousness and channels that energy to pump himself up.

Lydia Jacoby, another Olympic Gold Medalist as well as the first Alaskan to qualify for an Olympic Games in swimming shared, “I think my biggest thing in competition, is that you can’t be overly confident”.

Jacoby shared the importance in believing that she could win this whilst not being overly confident as her fellow competitors also have an equal chance of winning the same race too.

Our team also found out that besides swimming competitively, Jacoby also dabbles in music production and singing. She is a huge Lana Del Rey fan along with other artists such as Lorde, Kid Cudi and most notable of all, Taylor Swift, joining the millions of Swifties worldwide as well as regionally (who participated in the Great War that happened recently).

Some of her favourites from Taylor Swift include “Endgame” as her favourite hype song and the “Folklore” album.

Ending on what advice Jacoby would have for new swimmers, she mentions that the most important thing is to enjoy the process, as it is not all about the results but the people and connections made along the way especially at her time in Team USA, to just appreciate what she gets to do.

If you want to follow the rest of Team USA’s progress in the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, you can follow them on Facebook, USA Swimming and Instagram @usaswimming. Don’t forget to follow Singapore Aquatics (@singapore_aquatics) as well as Sports SG (@sports_singapore) on Instagram to catch up on more Sports updates and events happening!

We would also like to thank Singapore Aquatics for allowing us the opportunity to cover the event.


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