Nick Thoman made his first Olympic appearance at the 2012 Summer Games in London. Not only claiming an individual silver in the 100m backstroke with a time of 52.92, Thoman also secured a first place podium finish for his performance in the preliminary heats of the 400m medley relay. Swimming the backstroke on the first leg of the race with a split of 53:31, his impressive speed helped the U.S team qualify for finals.
Currently, Nick Thoman is the American record holder for the 100y back. He has also earned a World Championship gold medal for his performance in the 400m medley relay at the 2011 World Championship.
The Cincinnati native now calls Arizona home, training at Tucson Ford Aquatics. However, he is no stranger to the state, having swam as an All-American for the University of Arizona before moving to Charlotte, NC in 2009. Nick’s grandfather, Richard Thoman, was a world record holder in the 100m backstroke in the 1940’s.
Q: Favorite TYR Training Equipment?
A: Cap, Goggles, & Sut - Simple man, simple tastes
Q: Favorite TYR suit? Style and print?
A: TYR Endurance Brief - Black
Q: What is in your training bag on a typical day?
A: 2 suits, 2 pair socket rocket 2.0, 3 caps (silicone), fines, paddles, buoy, kickboard, tennis balls, lacrosse ball, and a snorkel
Q: Five things no one knows about you:
A: Thats why no-one knows them.
Q: Five things that you are thankful for this holiday season.
A: Family, friends, my coaches, food (all food), and water
Q: Motivational Words to live by:
A: Never be afraid to give your all and fail. Be afraid of not giving EVERYTHING you have, then looking back and say "what if"?
Q: What's your essential breakfast?
A: Pre-Practice: protein shake & banana, Post-Workout: 2-3 eggs over medium, home fries, toast and coffee
Q: What is your greatest athletic accomplishment?
A: Breaking 3 American Records in one night
Q: What is your greatest personal accomplishment?
A: Not being a total Jackass (only mostly)
Q: What is the best advice you ever received?
A: Don't (wet) your pants.
Q: If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be and why?
A: I HATE reality TV. If there was one where I could tell people their reality TV shows are cancelled, U might be on board.
Q: What are your hobbies outside of swimming?
A: Singing, playing guitar, Handyman for the gals on the team
Q: What is in your most memorable race and why?
A: 100 Back at the Olympic Games. Biggest & most intense race I've ever been in.
Q: Give 3 words that describe you as a competitor:
A: Agressive, Smart, Powerful
Q: Give 3 words that describe you as a person
A: Smart-Ass, Nerd, Jock
Q: If you weren't a swimmer, what would your occupation be?
A: Good question
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Probably coaching
Q: What advice would you give to young, aspiring professional swimmers?
A: No, keep at it. Find a great coach and group to train with. Don't ever let up.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: I have a 20-gallon fish tank with around 15 fish
Q: Favorites: Band, Color Snack, City, and Animal.
A: Zeppelin, Blue, Raw Almonds, Austin, Shark