The world was fascinated by the US swimmer Caeleb Dressel in his triumphant performances at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. While his Tokyo events may be over, don’t count him for the Paris Olympics in 2024.
“I would love to make the team, but I have to be brought on the team first,” said the 24-year-old Florida native. “I have no priority over anyone in US swimming. I have to create the team first, then we can talk about Paris.”
Dressel won five gold medals in Tokyo, including three in individual competitions – the men’s 100m butterfly and the 50m and 100m freestyle. Dressel told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that while he finished at the top of the podium but “didn’t have a perfect race,” he has learned a lot and is looking forward to getting back into the routine.
Host Shepard Smith asked Dressel what should change at the Olympic Games. The seven-time Olympic gold medalist told Smith he wanted fewer fanfares so he could simply focus on his sport.
“In terms of change, maybe not that much attention to some of these athletes,” said Dressel, “If it were up to me it would be just me and my trainer in the water and no one else, really. I don’t, I like the attention not really, I just want to swim fast. “