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“I need to smell him”: Caeleb Dressel struggles with being separated from newborn, who has changed his swimming behavior

‘My child changed everything for me’ said Caeleb Dressel as he began the journey to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. Away from the paths where he made history as a star swimmer for the U.S., Dressel now finds himself in the uncharted waters of parenthood. Just months after welcoming his son August Wilder Dressel with his wife Meghan, Caeleb reflects on how much fatherhood has changed his life, especially when faced with the challenge of leaving the son he misses so much at home.

Despite these emotional hurdles, Dressel’s determination ultimately secured his spot, demonstrating the skills that have defined his career to date. Even as he navigates the whirlpool of emotions and adjustments that fatherhood brings, seven-time Olympic medalist Caeleb Dressel remains steadfast in his focus on showcasing his unparalleled talent during the upcoming swimming trials.

Caeleb Dressel talks about how his son changed his view of swimming

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In a recent tweet from NBC Sports, they released a clip of an interview with Caeleb Dressel just as the U.S. Swimming Trials began in Indiana. They captioned the tweet:Caeleb Dressel has already been to two Olympic Games and has won seven Olympic gold medals. What makes this urge for Paris special? It will be his first as a father. ❤️ #SwimTrials24.

In the video, Dressel excitedly talks about how his views on swimming and his career have changed since the birth of his son August. Recently during the TYR Pro Swim series in Westmont, the 27-year-old emphasized that on top of his professional fears, there’s an added layer to how much he misses his newborn son. “Yes, I miss him,” said the swimmer, “I miss him so much. Been away for two days. I need to smell him.”

Dressel added more insights into the way he approaches parenting with August, We’ll go with Plan B, C or D… or all the way down the alphabet. Add, We read books and we were as prepared as we could be, but… I think Meghan and I are just working together to do our best to figure out what August needs – he can’t talk (yet).

He further highlighted how adapting to August and being spontaneous with plans accordingly has allowed him to take risks. Caeleb said emphatically: Everyone is figuring each other out.Caeleb has been very open throughout the process of becoming a parent for the first time. He told the NBC Olympics that while he doesn’t necessarily need to refocus, there have been changes, jokingly adding: diaper changes, and real life changes, but it was all very satisfying.

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Despite the challenges, he wouldn’t have it any other way. He said that while things haven’t become more challenging for him, fatherhood has changed his perspective. However, he called his partner Meghan, his teammate, and said it was a lot of fun being a parent with her. When his son was born, Dressel had announced the news on February 20 and written a very heartfelt note.

It reads, Welcome to the world, August Wilder Dressel 🩵🕊️✨ Our baby boy burst into our arms on Saturday morning after a very quick and powerful delivery. Mom and Dad were in it together, and we had the intervention-free birth we had so hoped for and prepared for. It was accompanied by an adorable photo of August swaddled in a crib. It’s clear that Caeleb Dressel really loves his son.

The determined swimmer is preparing for his third Olympic Games

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Parenthood hasn’t stopped Caeleb Dressel from moving quickly on his plan to compete in his third Olympics, following the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Games. Swim trials begin today at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts. Dressel is the favorite to win the men’s 100-meter butterfly. This is because he holds multiple records in the event.

He has qualified for 3 events in the trials and said:Well, really, the lawsuit is the big one. I don’t like to make assumptions, so I’m very excited about the trials, which will take place at Colts Stadium. I’m so excited to see what the pool looks like in person, and then hopefully for 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly my three babies, we get up and boogie, and then we’re ready to go to Paris. As 250,000 spectators descend on Indiana to watch the trials, all eyes will be on Caeleb Dressel as he tries to make his third Olympic team.