|Lochte and Phelps--part of the drama enticing the sold out Swim Trials Finals crowd at the Century Link Center, Omaha|
Most Enthusiastic After Winning a Race: MATT GREVERS
|Nick Thoman and Grevers being interviewed for NBC|
Best Medal Acceptance Pose: BRENDAN HANSEN
Most Missed by Us: AARON PEIRSOL
Peirsol, the best backstroker in history, retired from swimming in 2010, and we enjoyed watching him in the last three Olympics. It seemed weird to not see him compete in the backstroke events, but we're glad he was constantly around during the Swim Trials.
Cullen is a spokesperson for the Make a Splash Foundation, a "national child-focused water safety initiative" for which he goes on tour to spread the importance of learning to swim. More information about this foundation can be found at http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1699
Diana and I were fortunate to sit next to Kathleen's parents during the 2008 Swim Trials. They were generous, shared helpful information, and we enjoyed having someone (Kathleen) to cheer for. Her awesome parents made it even more exciting for us to watch her make it to the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. When we learned that Kathleen's mother died from cancer earlier this year, we were saddened to say the least, and I felt myself getting choked up when we expressed our condolences to Mr. Hersey.
Most like a Greek God in Human Form: RYAN LOCHTE
"I guess milk does the body good," Ryan Lochte responded, when Bob Costas (reporting live from the Swim Trials) commented on Ryan's amount of recent shirtless pictures.
Most Impressive with Handling Shloads of Fans: RYAN LOCHTE
Most Dateable: PETER VANDERKAAY
Almost Makes Me Want to Like the Color Pink Whilst Dominating the 200 Breaststroke in a Pink Suit: REBECCA SONI
Most likely to pull off a messy bun and look darling: MISSY FRANKLIN
Best Overcoming Story: ERIC SHANTEAU
Shortly after making the team at the 2008 Trials, Eric was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Now in remission, he's still an amazing breaststroker, and also a 2012 Olympian.
Most Reluctant to Take a Picture with a 12 Year Old at the Zoo in Omaha's humidity:
Though there was no one else around, and a small chance that anyone would recognize him at the Henry Doorly Zoo, Anthony had to be convinced to pose for a picture with our swimfan friend Ryan. We hope that the reluctance was due to the exhausting heat of 100 degrees plus humidity, because we later found Anthony to be friendly about taking pictures and signing, especially after Day 8's closing ceremonies.
Most likely to High Five While Eating a Sandwich: NATHAN ADRIAN
We were respectful of the fact that swimmers don't really have time to chat before finals, so we appreciated that while walking by, Nathan always gave high fives (when he was eating) and smiled (when he wasn't eating).
Most Able to Make Us Burst Out Laughing: GARY HALL JR.
During his tenure as a 3-time Olympian, Gary Hall Jr. was known for his antics on the starting block. For example, at the 2008 Trials, he wore a bejeweled boxing robe and made a show of punching the air. While meeting him, we inquired about the whereabouts of his boxing robe and he said it was at the drycleaners due to a mustard stain. He proceeded to tell us about how he was a 3-time drowning victim, asked us what antics we would use at an awards ceremony, and then we all practiced our princess waves.
Most Able to Look Professional in Purple Skinny Jeans: SUMMER SANDERS
|Summer Sanders interviews Brendan Hansen after he qualifies for the Olympic Team|
Most Recognized Parent: MICHAEL PHELPS
Debbie Phelps was so recognizable, she even had her own autograph signing session.
Most Hungry: MICHAEL PHELPS
Though there were only eight fans around when we encountered him, Michael gave us a long list of reasons why he had to make it quick (one of which was he hadn't eaten all day). Michael was done competing at this point.
Most Interesting Pre-Race Stretching: MICHAEL PHELPS
The way Michael flapped his arms almost seemed painful...should stretching make a sound?
Best Eyelashes: RICKY BERENS
Best Jaw Structure: NICK THOMAN
Closest Voice Resemblance to John Cena and My Friend Derek: NICK THOMAN
Best Male Biceps: JASON LEZAK
The last leg of the 400 free relay in the 2008 Olympics was the fastest in history, due to some superhuman trait of Jason's...we told him that even our dog showed an emotional reaction to his amazing come-from-behind victory.