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Asafa Powell retires from track and field – OlympicTalk | NBC Sports

Asafa Powell retires from track and field – OlympicTalk | NBC Sports

Bobby Fink He made his senior debut by reaching the final of the Olympic Trials in 2016 at the age of 16. Now with two Olympic gold medals and two World Championship medals, the 23-year-old has broken into the world of swimming. Earlier this week, Finke, a proud University of Florida producer, took home several accolades, including Athlete of the Year, at the Golden Goggles – USA Swimming Oscars.

Fink reflected on the remarkable past two years, his experience in Tokyo, and what he learned from his teammate Katie Ledecky And much more below.

*This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

OlympicTalk: What do your Golden Goggles nominations – Male Race and Athlete of the Year – mean to you?

Bobby Fink: I think I read somewhere that if I win Athlete of the Year, I’ll be the first men’s team distance swimmer to get it, so I really hope I get that award, especially for the coach Anthony Nesty and the University of Florida. I’m going through some incredible things so it’s such an honor to be a part of that list.

Editor’s note: Fink was right. He became the first distance swimmer to win the Sportsman of the Year award.

For more highlights from the Olympians, Paralympians, and world champions on the Golden Goggles red carpet, see below!

She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time world medalist and professional athlete. If someone told you four years ago that this would be your life, would you believe them?

Where are you: No, four years ago I was trying to make an Olympic team. I started the journey of trying to make an Olympic team when I was 16 years old. And that’s when I knew I had a shot at starting and started working towards the Tokyo Games. I wasn’t looking for a medal or anything. I was just trying to make an Olympic team, and then once I got on the team, I was just trying to get to the finals. It was one step at a time.

How old were you when you first fell in love with swimming?

Where are you: My whole family participated in swimming in one way or another. Mom, Geneactually swam for Ball State and dad, Atmosphere – who didn’t know swimming until he started dating my mom – is actually a swim coach now. I grew up racing my two older sisters, Fall And the Ariel, in the pool and always ask them for their times and compare them to theirs so I can figure out how to beat them. That’s all I cared about. Growing up with that competition around me really shaped how I swim my races and how I go into practice. What I love most about sports is competing with people.

Did you grow up watching the Olympics as a kid? Who are the swimmers/athletes you looked up to?

Where are you: The first Olympics I remember watching was in 2008 with Michael Phelps. He was someone I looked up to. I was 8 years old at that time. I was just cheering up, but didn’t really realize how big of an accomplishment I had. He was the swimmer I really loved growing up Robert Margalis. He’s had a rough ride, and I admire his determination. He was my main inspiration. I already know his sister, MelanieWell, he’ll go with her whenever she comes home from college for breaks.

Let’s quickly jump to the Tokyo Games. Tell me about your experience.

Where are you: I didn’t know what to expect at the Games. There were no fans, and I think that affected the other swimmers because they are used to having an atmosphere with lots of people, but since it was my first Olympics, I really didn’t have anything to compare it to. So I felt like that gave me a little bit of an edge. Overall, Tokyo was great. They put on a great Olympiad, and the whole experience was great for me. I think I did well, and I hope to make another one.

You definitely did “well”. To come away with two gold medals in your first Olympics, and win them in such a dramatic way, what was that like for you? Do you remember what you were thinking and feeling in the middle of a race?

Where are you: Back in the last fifty [meters], I’ve not done this before. I’ve never had a great closing speed in the 800m or 1500m. It kind of happened. I knew the Europeans were really good at coming home, and I knew that in my 50s I was way behind them, especially in the 800 metres. I felt confident going to the 1500m, but I had no idea what was going to happen in the 800m.

During the 800m, I just saw that I had caught up a bit. The 50s felt like forever, and I was gradually trying to capture more and more Mykhailo Romanchukwho was next to me. Once I got through it, I could see across the entire field, and I knew Florian Willbrook I backed off, and then Gregorio Paltrinieri He was there with all of us. At that point, with only five meters left, I knew that if I bumped, I wouldn’t be OK with it, so I made sure I put every ounce of energy I had left into that race. I’m so glad I did.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned training with Katie Ledecky so far?

Where are you: Confidence. She can go fast ALL. The. time. This is madness. It’s something I want to be able to do too, and Katie told me I just need to believe I can get there. So that’s something I’m working on. I learn a lot from her, especially by seeing how she carries herself, the confidence she has in herself and her training and work ethic.

Are you doing something different in terms of training to prepare for Paris?

Where are you: We only stick to the formula that works. We add a few things here and there, but we don’t change the foundation of our training. Nesty comes up with ideas all the time. The most recent was swimming in surgical gloves to desensitize the water. I think he came up with this idea when he was chopping chicken at home. The next day, he started training, and had us all swim in gloves with rubber bands around our wrists.

When switching gears, I have a few quick questions for you. are you ready?

Where are you: Yes, let’s do that.

I know you’re a big Marvel guy. I’m going to name two of your American teammates. Name any superhero they look like and why.

Katie Ledecky.

Where are you: Nations. I’m trying to think of the best. There are two parts to this. Who is the strongest avenger and who is the best. I consider Thor to be Katy’s most powerful avenger, I will say Thor.

Kieran Smith.

Where are you: Iron Man. He has charisma, so I think Iron Man pairs well with him.

Ryan Murphy.

Where are you: Nations. Ryan, Ryan, Ryan. Think captain America. Only the charisma, the way he carries himself, and the leadership of the team that Ryan has. He does a really great job being our team leader.

Regan Smith.

Where are you: Captain Marvel. It’s powerful, amazing, and amazing.

Caleb Dressel.

Where are you: I’ll go with Thor again.

Which avenger will you be?

Where are you: I would say either Captain America or Thor, not because of my personality but just because those are my two favorites.

I know you don’t listen to music before a race, so how do you narrow yourself down to that? What do you think about? Any confirmations?

Where are you: I just sit and stare waiting for my name to be called.

If you could only listen to one artist during an entire workout, who would it be?

Where are you: queen or Elton John. I really enjoy the music from the 70’s and 80’s.

What do you wish more people knew about being a swimmer?

Where are you: We already have early wake-up calls and very long days. During the pandemic, I used to get up around 3:50am to train, but now I get up at 4:55am every day.

Finish this sentence: I am not ready to meet without…

Where are you: The first thing that came to my mind was pizza. After every encounter I always have pizza.

Your life is at stake. You need to sing one karaoke song to memorize it. What do you choose?

Where are you: “Take me to the ball game.” We had a karaoke machine growing up, and that was the only song I could do.

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