The 2021 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo have been absent of the patriotism America is accustomed to seeing from Team U.S.A., but Olympic swimmer Caeleb Dressel made his country proud when he teared up on the gold medal stand while listening to the national anthem after finishing the 100-meter freestyle in record time.
Dressel, a 24-year-old native Floridian, broke the Olympic record for 100-meter freestyle with a time of 47.02 and pulled out a narrow win against Kyle Chalmers of Australia.
“I don’t know if it’s set in yet. Right now, I’m just kinda …. It’s a really tough year. It’s really hard. So to have the results here … It really came together so I’m happy,” Dressel said of his win.
During the medal ceremony, the swimmer proudly placed his hand over his heart with tears in his eyes as the American national anthem played.
Tears of joy. Tears of an Olympian.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 29, 2021
Standing on the podium, Dressel’s pride to be representing Team U.S.A. was refreshing and a stark contrast to what has been observed from many other American athletes.
America’s woke women’s soccer players Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan took a knee as they famously have in the past before their Olympic game. They were destroyed 3-0 by Sweden.
American men’s basketball isn’t doing well either. Team U.S.A. lost to France, 76-83 leaving many back home disappointed and upset with players’ “social justice obsession”.
One team member, JaVale McGee kneeled during the national anthem and Kevin Durant called Fox News host Laura Ingraham “racist” for criticizing LeBron James’ political ignorance
Ingraham has coincidentally weighed in on the “wokeness” on display at the Olympics.
“The Olympics has sadly become one more experience ruined by self-promoting wokesters. It is sad that some are more concerned about social media brand building when what we actually want is their great competition,” Ingraham stated.
Dressel’s win exhibited a rare moment of patriotism for fans watching back home. The swimmer won the first three medals of his career in team relay races – two in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro Olympics and one already this time around in Tokyo.
The emotions of gold for @TeamUSA‘s Caeleb Dressel.
He reached the dream. #TokyoOlympics
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 29, 2021
“It is a lot different. I guess I thought it would be, I just didn’t want to admit to it. It’s a lot tougher. You have to rely on yourself, there’s no one to bail you out,” Dressel said of the pressures of an individual swim.
The Floridian has much to celebrate following his victory and has been called the most dominant American swimmer in the post-Michael Phelps era.
Twitter users gushed over the heartwarming win:
Thank you Olympian American. CHAMPION. Thank you for making us proud. AND thank you for reminding us why that anthem resonates with true Americans
— Samuel Adams (@chase_samuels6) July 29, 2021
Absolutely loved this moment. I especially thought of his loved ones looking on from afar and how unfortunate it was they weren’t together. At least they were in spirit! Go USA!
— Monique Visintainer (@moniquekvis) July 29, 2021
That’s what an real American does when he hears his country’s National Anthem!
— Brian Morris (@Wolfpackdoc) July 29, 2021
Nice to see vs someone up there protesting. More attention to this vs the kneelers and other protesting and your viewership would go up 🤷♂️
— 🇺🇸 Actually, I prefer Gin 🏴☠️ (@nut_vodka) July 29, 2021
See how this guy stands during the anthem? That’s the way it’s supposed to be done.
— Carolina’s Finest (@BigBadWolfGboro) July 29, 2021
Congratulations I cant imagine how hard it was to obtain this Gold metal, the discipline it must take💗
Just know there are Americans who are still proud of this country and its athletes
— Just a dog and her girl (@shellie647) July 29, 2021
Now THAT’S what a Patriot look like
— Bungalow Communications: Publishing and Licensing (@BungalowAnd) July 29, 2021
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