Matt McLean

Matt on staying hungry

“I have more that I want to do to be in the best position for 2016. I’m just as hungry as ever, and having that hunger keeps me going.”

Some would say Matt McLean found swimming late in life, when he was 10. It was love at first stroke for him, but he progressed slowly with little reward.

“I didn’t excel right away, and I guess that could have made me stop, but I loved swimming so much that I wanted to see what I could do. It motivated me,” McLean said. “It took me a little while to realize that not everyone can get in the water and be a phenom. For some, it takes hard work and patience. It took me a little while to develop and progress.”

With determination and laser-sharp focus, Matt worked to make his dreams a reality.

More on Matt


  • Birthday: May 13, 1988
  • College: University of Virginia

Sweet Achievement

“There is no greater feeling of pride than walking out on deck wearing the red, white and blue. I get chills just thinking about it now. Being an Olympic and World Champion team member were the highlights of my career so far. I’m excited for more.”

Winning Record

  • Olympic Games
    2012 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay
  • World Championships
    2013 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay
    2012 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay (scm)
  • Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
    2011 – Silver, 200m freestyle; Bronze, 400m freestyle

Race Clips