Fresh from their efforts in the pool, Olympians and Omega brand ambassadors Michael Phelps and Chad le Clos were among the special guests at the Swimming Legends event on Monday 15 August at Omega House in Rio de Janeiro
Michael Phelps added 5 more gold medals and one silver – pushing his overall career total to 28 medals including 23 gold: ‘There’s no better way to finish a career,’ he said. Michael’s wife Nicole and baby son Boomer were also alongside him at Omega House. ‘Fatherhood is the greatest thing I could ever dream of,’ he said. ‘I think there were a lot of things that I did in Rio for the team, as a captain, that were very fatherly like.’
South African swimmer Chad Le Clos, who won two silver medals, said: ‘Michael has always inspired me every day. To think that he’s retired is difficult. I’ve asked him nicely if he’ll stick around for another year or so. But now that he’s gone I feel like there are a lot of things I need to get closer to, like a world record for example. There’s a lot more of me that the world hasn’t seen.’
Omega has been at the forefront of international competitive swimming for many years and is responsible for the development of some of the key technologies used in the pool. As the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, Omega has been behind the clock throughout Rio 2016 and has enjoyed timing every event.
‘Swimming is one of those sports in which the smallest fraction of time is crucial,’ said Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of Omega. ‘Omega is deeply involved in aquatic timekeeping and we feel like we have a real responsibility to these incredible athletes. Both Michael and Chad have been amazing to watch in Rio. Really, I think the world has witnessed something truly special. We are so proud of them.’
Also at the Omega House Swimming Legends event were Team GB athletes including swimmer Adam Peaty, the women’s gold medal winning Coxless Pair Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, the Men’s Rowing 8 team and the Men’s Rowing Coxless 4 team, plus silver medal winning swimmer James Guy, silver medal winning gymnast Louis Smith and the silver medal winning Women’s Rowing 8 team.