Olympics Stars Caeleb Dressel to Compete With Katie Ledecky for Prestigious US Swimming Award

Published 09/22/2021, 10:01 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Gold medalist Caeleb Dressel of Team United States poses with the gold medal for the Men’s 50m Freestyle Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


The USA always produces some of the best swimmers in the world. Michael Phelps is the undisputed GOAT of swimming. Although his career is over, there are many upcoming swimmers in the US conveyor belt; the two mainstays being, Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel. Nevertheless, the duo is once again nominated for the 2021 USA Swimming Athlete of the Year. They nominated these athletes after their performances at the recent Tokyo Olympics 2020 along with other swimmers. However, these two are the favorites to land the title.

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Caeleb Dressel won five gold medals

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Along with the duo, Booby Finke, Lydia Jacoby, and Chase Kalisz are the other nominees for the award. However, Dressel is hands down one of the favorites to land it, this time around.

After Phelps retired, Dressel was the key man to lead Team USA in Tokyo. He won five gold medals in the recent Olympic Games as he will be the outright favorite to win the award. Having one of the greatest starts in probably the history of the sport, Dressel’s technique is immaculate.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01:Caeleb Dressel of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal and breaking the olympic record in the Men’s 50m Freestyle Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

His workout techniques and routines for the competitions are astonishing. Moreover, having won the award twice, the swimmer’s performances in Tokyo would help him claim the endowment. But, in Ledecky, he has a worthy competitor.

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Ledecky is up there with the best!!!

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Losing to Ariarne Titmus may seem hard for the swimmer from Washington DC, but Ledecky’s dominance in both the 800 and 1500-meters is incredible. She won four medals (two gold, two silver) at Tokyo Olympics; meanwhile, completing a consecutive gold medal tally in the 800-meters race, starting from London 2012.

The scary part is that she is just 24 years old as Paris 2024 will be the next main target. Already one of the greatest swimmers of all time, Ledecky will prove to be a tough competition for Dressel. It is a clear battle between these two talented swimmers.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 13: Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

By winning the award five times, Ledecky is up there with Dressel to challenge him for the award. In spite of that, Dressel’s performances in this year’s Olympics make him the ideal choice for this year’s award.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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