The world was enchanted by American swimmer Caeleb Dressel during his triumphant performances at the Tokyo Olympics. While his Tokyo events may be over, don’t count him towards the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“I would love to make the team, but I have to be put on the team first,” said the 24-year-old Florida resident. “I have no priority over someone in swimming in the US. I have to make the team first, then we can talk about Paris.”
Dressel won five gold medals in Tokyo, including three from individual events: the men’s 100-meter butterfly and the 50 and 100-meter freestyle. Dressel told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that while he finished at the top of the podium, he “didn’t have a perfect race,” but has learned a lot and is looking forward to getting back into the routine.
Host Shepard Smith asked Dressel what needs to change about the Olympics. The seven-time Olympic gold medalist told Smith he would like to see less fanfare so he can just focus on his sport.
“With regard to change, maybe not as much focus on some of these athletes,” Dressel said, “If it were up to me, it would just be me and my coach in the water, and nobody else, really. I don’t really care for attention, I just want to swim fast.”