CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- SwimMAC’s Nick Thoman cashed in big time on his first trip to the Olympic games, and he has the hardware to back it up. His silver medal came in the 100 meter backstroke, a moment Thoman recalls like it happened yesterday.
“I get into the wall really fast and I see a number two next to my name, and then I see a number one next to (Matt) Grevers’ name, so I jumped over two lane lines and gave him a big hug,” Thoman said.
Thoman was part of a U.S. one-two finish, part of his country’s continued dominance in that event.
”Just being a part of that tradition is just awesome,” he added. “It was probably the best experience of my life so far.”
Thoman followed that up with a gold in the 400 medley relay where he swam the prelims. That ended up being Michael Phelps’ last ever Olympic event.
“Seeing Phelps go off and seeing the rest of those guys bring home the relay,” said Thoman, “It was just awesome knowing I was a part of that.”
The 2016 Games in Rio may be four years away, but don’t think for a second that they haven’t crossed Thoman’s mind.
“I’ve always said I’ll keep doing this until I stop having fun and stop dropping time. I’ve been dropping time and I’ve been having fun doing it. If the same thing is happening in four years, hopefully I can make it to Rio and get a couple more medals.”