By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Aug 02, 2012 09:25 AM EDT
In recent days, the internet has become saturated with several articles on the two biggest poster boys of the Olympic pool; Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
However, after winning the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle final on Day 5 of the 2012 London Games, Nathan Adrian clearly proved he can hang with the big boys of the Team USA swimming squad.
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The 23 year-old recently spoke to Reuters regarding his victory:
"So I kind of touched the wall and thought, 'Oh sweet, I won'," he said. "It takes about 10-15 seconds and then 'Holy crap, it's the Olympics' and I've been watching this since I was a kid."
Not too long after his matchup, United States female swimmer Rebecca Soni ended up pulling out a record-setting win herself in the 200-meter breaststroke.
"Oh, Soni just set a record," he stated, according to CBS. "It feels good now that I've been overshadowed by Soni setting a world record."
The US swimmer later went on to post the following on Twitter:
"I win :-). Thanks to all my friends, family, teammates, coaches, and can't forget my twitter followers! Your support is felt."
Born in Bremerton Washington in 1988, the man is the youngest of the kin; as he has an older sister Donella and older brother Justin. His molding into a swimmer came very early in life, as he started at the young age of 5; this had a lot to do with the fact that his respective sister and brother also swam.
After attending the University of California, the part Chinese swimmer graduated from the public health program this past spring with honors. At the highly touted school, Adrian compiled 5 NCAA championships; which include the 50-yard freestyle in 2009 & 2011 as well as the 100-yard freestyle in 2009, 2010 & 2011.
Interesting to note, the on the rise swimmer had indeed competed in the 2008 Beijing Games. Oddly, he ended up capturing a gold medal without even competing in the final. This was due to the fact that he had swum in the previous heat.
Funny enough to add, fellow swimmer Matt Grevers recently made Adrian's bed as a reward for his gold medal win.
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