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Caeleb
Dressel
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 August 1996
Height
191 cm
Weight
86 kg
Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took part in his first race at age four, after watching his older brother Tyler compete.
Why this sport?
He was inspired after watching the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He decided to focus on swimming ahead of football at age 12.
Club / Team
University of Florida Gators: Gainesville, FL, USA
Name of coach
Gregg Troy [club], USA

General Interest

Hobbies
Boating, wakeboarding, being outdoors, foosball, off-road driving in the woods, shooting pistols, shotguns and rifles. (usaswimming.org, 20 Feb 2016; olympics.nbcsports.com, 22 Jan 2016)
Injuries
He underwent deviated septum [nose] surgery at the start of 2014. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 22 Jan 2016)

He was briefly hospitalised due to breathing problems on the second day of the 2013 Winter Junior Nationals in Greensboro, NC, United States. He returned on the third day to win the 100 yard freestyle. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 22 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Swimmer of the Meet at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where he won seven gold medals. (swimswam.com, 31 Jul 2017; floridagators.com, 30 Jul 2017)

He was part of the United States of America 4x100m freestyle relay team that won the 2016 Relay Performance of the Year title at USA Swimming's Golden Goggle Awards. The team won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fina.org, 22 Nov 2016)

He was the co-winner of the 2015 National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Swimmer of the Year award. (floridagators.com, 27 Mar 2016)

He was named the 2015 Southeastern Conference [SEC] Freshman Swimmer of the Year. (floridagators.com, 27 Mar 2016)
Famous relatives
His father and older sister swam at college level in the United States. His younger sister has committed to swim for the University of Florida. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 22 Jan 2016)
Other information
HISTORIC HAUL IN 2017
He won seven gold medals at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, tying Michael Phelps for the most gold medals won at a single edition of the event. (floridagators.com, 30 Jul 2017)

BIBLE VERSES
He has been known to write bible verses on his cheeks during major competitions. He writes the verses backwards so he can read it in the mirror and says it helps calm him. (bestswim.com.br, 18 Feb 2016; firstcoastnews.com, 26 Jan 2016)

BREAK
During his senior year at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, FL, United States of America, he took a five-month break from swimming from December 2013 until May 2014. "I just needed a little mental break. I had some demons I was fighting at that point." (floridagators.com, 27 Mar 2016; olympics.nbcsports.com, 22 Jan 2016)