Conor Dwyer

Conor on staying humble

"Swimming's taught me to stay humble. I have worked as hard as anyone inside and out of the pool, but you just focus on what you can do to get better, perform your best when you get the chance, and let the result speak for itself."


A sleepless night and a will to drop time when it mattered most. That turned out to be Conor Dwyer's formula for meeting his goal for the 2012 Olympics: Be a part of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay final. First, he needed to swim extremely fast in the prelims, but worrying about it kept him awake the night before. No matter. Conor finished the prelim with the lowest time. That night, he realized his dream swimming the second leg of the relay final and won. But it wasn't just any win. Conor and his teammates were a part of the record-breaking 19th medal swim of the greatest athlete in history. And that was worth losing sleep over.

Read what Conor's done since the Olympics and how he plans to make a run for 2016.

Vitals

  • Birthday: January 10, 1989
  • College: University of Florida

Sweet Achievement

"By far the best part was standing on the podium (after the 4 x 200 relay). That was a dream come true and something I worked for my whole life."

Winning Record

  • Olympics
    2012 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay
  • World Championships
    2013 – Gold, 200m individual medley; Gold, 400m individual medley; Gold, 200m freestyle; Bronze, 400m freestyle
    2012 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay (scm); Bronze, 200m freestyle (scm)
    2011 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay