South Australian Kyle Chalmers has been making a splash on the global competitive swimming scene since 2012.
We’ve rounded up the 10 reasons why we love the SA Olympian, who achieved an incredible silver medal in the 100m Mens Final today in Tokyo.
1. He’s a South Aussie originally from Port Lincoln and later attending Immanuel College.
2. Aussie sporting greatness is in his genes – he’s the son of former AFL and Port Adelaide premiership player Brett Chalmers.
3. He won his first Olympic gold at just 18 years old in Rio 2016 in the Men’s 100m Freestyle.
4. The swimmer has overcome serious adversity, having major open heart surgery in 2019 for an ongoing condition as well as shoulder surgery leading up to the Tokyo games
5. Kyle has a podcast ‘Mates and Plates SA’ where he chats with other Aussie greats including fellow swimmer Travis Mahoney and AFL star Kysaiah Picketty.
6. He’s an animal lover, with a growing collection of reptiles at home including lizards, snakes and baby crocs, citing the pets as his release and distraction from the pool. He even took a recent trip to Darwin to meet some Frilled-Neck lizards in their natural habitat and has a dedicated Instagram for fellow reptile enthusiasts
7. Chalmers is part of a newly released Amazon Prime Video documentary ‘Head Above Water’ exploring the lives of Australian Olympic swimming hopefuls including Ian Thorpe, Bronte Campbell and Cody Simpson.
8. The Port Lincoln resident gets tatted by local Adelaide tattoo artist and friend Laz Gein who recently gave the Olympian his two most recent tattoos from his Adelaide studio.
9. Chalmers was named the ‘next Thorpedo’, breaking his first national age record in 2012 in the Under 13 category, and incredibly holding every Australian age record in the 100m freestyle.
10. Ever the typical laid back Aussie, he earned the nickname “No Dramas Chalmers” in Rio for his calm attitude and lack of nerves.