What ever happened to: Garrett Weber-Gale
So, let’s go baaaack in tiiiiime. Close your eyes, and lets go back to Beijing. It’s 2008, we’re in the Water Cube. We’re in the final seconds of the Men’s 4×100 Free Relay. Jason Lezak is inching closer to the French team and touches the wall first. The crowd goes INSANE. The deck goes INSANE. Michael Phelps goes INSANE.
But there was someone else… someone who was also there, who was also going… INSANE.
Who was that green-eyed blue-flamed devil?! He was part of the relay team, what’s his name?!
Oh right, its Garrett Weber-Gale. Whatever happened to that guy?
Well. Garrett, who specializes in 4×100 Free and Medley relays… seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. What?! He performed well in Rome in the 2009 World Championships, earning a gold medal for his contribution to the relay, and he also performed well in the 2010 Dubai and 2011 Shanghai world championships, earning himself two medals each in those competitions (A Gold and Silver in Dubai and a Gold and Bronze in Shanghai).
After a little (okay, a lot) of research, I found out that Garrett did compete in the Olympic trials in June, and did not make the team, coming in 24th place in his event. He is at the games though, and has been tweeting from the stands at the aquatic center.
He’s got a new day job, though. After being diagnosed with high blood pressure when he was 20, the swimmer developed a passion for cooking his own food, and has been making a name for himself in the healthy food world.
Weber-Gale founded AthleticFoodie, with a website dedicated to, as he explains, “a much better quality of life through better nutrition.” On the site he posts recipes and has commentary from three nutritionists and other medical professionals.
Well, that’s cool. Not sure what his plans look like between now and the next World Champs but it looks like Garrett has a pretty solid backup plan if he decides not to swim anymore. For me, though, I will always remember him this way: