Australian swimmer, Kyle Chalmers, was “bowled over” by Kevin Durant supporting him.
Chalmers, who won the gold medal in the 100 metres freestyle on Wednesday, specified a video from NBA superstar, Kevin Durant and a letter from fellow Australian swimmer, Ian Thorpe.
The teen aged Chalmers is the first Australian gold medalist in the 100 metres free since Mike Wenden in 1968 and had to come from behind in order to ensure victory.
Post victory, Chalmers revealed that he had met Team USA basketball player, Durant, on the streets of Rio de Janeiro and that the basketball player had recorded a personal video of support for the teen.
“Last night I was walking over to my semi-final and Kevin Durant walked in front of me and to be honest with you, I almost vomited,” said Chalmers. “My jaw dropped and I was that excited and nervous about it. It was just amazing for me.”
Chalmers admitted freely that before every race he has a ritual of watching Durant during his NBA Most Valuable Player speech and a highlight film of Durant.
“Gary, our team manager, actually grabbed him last night and got a video of him saying he watched me swim and good luck, and stuff like that, which was really exciting,” said Chalmers. “They actually had to show it to me this morning because they knew I wouldn’t be able to focus the night before my race. It was amazing for someone like that to congratulate me and wish me luck. I’m very happy.”