Caeleb Dressel breaks down on phone with wife after winning gold at Olympics

All of the emotions of a “really tough year” came out when Caeleb Dressel spoke to his wife and supporters after he took gold in 100 meter freestyle in the 2021 Olympics.

As Dressel was breaking an Olympic record, his wife Meghan was cheering him on wildly from Florida. After Dressel’s triumph, NBC put him on the phone with Meghan, as well as other friends and family from home.

Caleb Dressel celebrates winning the Gold Medal in the 100m freestyle.
Caeleb Dressel celebrates winning the Gold Medal in the 100m freestyle.
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An emotional Dressel struggled to find the words in the made-for-TV moment as Meghan told him, “We love you so much. We are so proud of you.”

The couple met as high school swimmers in Florida and were married in February of this year.

“She mainly did breaststroke but she stopped competing her sophomore year [at Florida State University in Tallahassee], to pursue her dream of becoming a child-family counselor,” Dressel told FINA.

Dressel, 24, was emotional throughout his post-race win.

“I don’t know if it’s set in yet. It’s a really tough year, really hard, so to have the results show up it came together, so I am happy,” Dressel told NBC.


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He continued his strong performance in Tokyo on Thursday morning when he tied the Olympic record in the preliminary race for the 100 meter butterfly.