Pop star Cody Simpson revealed, while many people questioned his Olympic dream, it was advice offered by swimmers Michael Phelps and Grant Hackett that inspired him to return to swimming at the highest level.
Simpson is a surprising opportunity to participate in this year’s Tokyo Games After an impressive showing at the Australian Open last month. An impressive 24.68 seconds in the butterfly heat of 50 meters was enough to secure a spot for next month’s Olympic Trials.
The 24-year-old, who spent more than 10 years away from sports in a career that saw him work alongside the likes of Justin Bieber and Flo Rida and appear in Nickelodeon films, train with former Australian Olympian Brett Hook.
After achieving two golds as a youngster at the Queensland Swimming Championships in 2009, Simpson’s career as an artist took off the following year when he traveled to New York to meet executives from Atlantic Records.
Simpson revealed that it was during his first trip to the United States that he met Phelps, the most successful Olympic player of all time with a total of 28 medals, 23 of which were gold.
“I was swimming in the US with my dad on that first trip, we actually traveled to Baltimore and met Michael Phelps for the first time. [coach] Bob [Bowman’s] Small group Sydney Morning Herald.
“I met Michael and made him sign 20 caps and we are kidding now. I met him the first time I went to the United States, but it all happened for different reasons.”
Simpson said that both Phelps and Hackett showed him no doubts when he informed them of his desire to return to swimming.
“There was no doubt on their part,” he added.
“There was no point where they would say ‘You’re crazy. What do you mean you want to train for Paris? You haven’t swim in 10 years. “
“There was a suspicion from people that he probably couldn’t grasp the idea that someone could do something they hadn’t done before. In my case, no one really did it that way. That’s part of my appeal.
“But that’s what they’re thinking. Lots of other people have been talking about, ‘What are you talking about? Phelps, Hackett, they didn’t have a single question. They just said, “Yeah, of course, do it.” To me, that was surprising and inspiring. There was no point where they said it was too risky or too difficult. But they said Give her the attention she deserves, do it the right way and give him the right time. “
The optimistic Olympic-turned pop star, who has nearly four million followers on Instagram, said Phelps told him it would take at least four years of training to get to where he wanted to be.
Simpson said, “So I have the best swimmer ever who says that’s how long he’s going to need. I’ll listen.”
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