Quotes By Others
Some quotes about Nathan Adrian that we had gathered from other athletes and well known people.
Just a couple days ago, somebody asked Nathan during an interview, “What’s it like being Nathan Adrian now?” And he just laughed that laugh and smiled that huge smile and said, “Same as it ever was, and I hope it continues to be."
He's 6-foot-6, and he's still my little Nathan.
Cecilia Adrian (his mom), Olympic experience and college degree in hand, Bremerton's Adrian a U.S. favorite. Kitsap Sun. June 23, 2012.
Glad that Nathan Adrian’s suit ripped so you weren’t the most recent one?
Ricky: (Laughs) You know what’s funny? Nathan has the same agent as I do, so we say it’s just something Janey wants us to do to (laughs) promote ourselves! A lot of people have had suits rip, it just happens. Nathan is kind of lucky because his was at a Grand Prix and not (like Berens) at a World Championship – I had people in Serbia and Slovakia who said in random comments that they had seen mine on the front page of a newspaper!
Ricky Berens, 20 Questions Tuesday, USA Swimming, May 22, 2012.
Nathan Adrian – I love that kid. He’s a great swimmer, but he’s an even better human being, isn’t he?
Dave: He is. You are absolutely right. He is a far better person than he is a swimmer, and that’s saying a lot. He’s very thoughtful. He has a wonderful spirit about him. He’s just a great human being. To have an opportunity to work with someone like that is such a gift. It makes the journey that much more special to work with special people, and he’s definitely one of them.
Dave Durden, 20 Questions Tuesday, USA Swimming, April 19, 2011.
Nathan, who’s from Washington state and took off what would have been his sophomore year at Berkeley to train for the Olympics, is one of those guys who’s poised to be in the next great wave of top American swimmers.
He was nineteen in the summer of 2008. “I think Nathan Adrian is a phenomenal talent and you can expect great things from him,” Gary Hall Jr., with whom Nathan had been training, said at the Trials. Mark Schubert, the USA Swimming head coach, said that Nathan “reminds me of Matt Biondi in 1984,” which is high praise, no doubt. Matt, who also went to Cal, won five gold medals at the Olympics in 1988 in Seoul. Nathan’s story was great because it’s not just that he finished fourth in the 100 at the Trials; it’s how he got there. In the semifinals, he had finished in 48.89. That was good enough only for a tie in ninth place, with Alex Righi. Only the top eight go on to the finals. Then, though Lochte scratched from the 100 final to concentrate on other events, the 200 back and 200 IM. So Nathan and Alex had a swim-off. Just the two of them in the pool. Nathan won. That got him to the finals and then, in the finals, swimming in an outside lane, he got that fourth-place finish.
Michael Phelps describing about Nathan Adrian in his book, No Limits: The Will to Succeed, pages 59-60
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