Since her 2016 Olympic debut, superstar swimmer Kelsi Worrell continues to turn heads. However, this newly minted gold medalist is no stranger to the podium, having previously been named a National Champion and American record holder in the 100y butterfly. So just how does this team TYR athlete pump up before a big race? An awesome playlist for starters!
Read on for a look at Kelsi’s most recent pre-swim song list, and be sure to follow us (TYR85) as we continue to add playlists from your favorite athletes.
Also, don’t forget to follow Kelsi on Instagram to see all of her adventures firsthand!
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If there is one thing athletes know about TYR, it is that we aren’t afraid to stand out. From color to composition, everything we create is constructed to help you look and feel your best. So it is no wonder that we take the aesthetic of our swimsuits very seriously.
Designed here in-house, our swim prints are fully unique to our brand. But just how do our artists come up with the attention-grabbing designs you see year after year? Well, for starters it’s all about thinking outside of the box.
To give you an inside look at how one of our most popular training prints came to be, read on below.
WHAAM, a new print to hit shelves this year, began in what we believe to be a pretty unlikely place. Originally tasked with creating a competitive looking print for elite swimmers on the Olympic stage, our artists began by playing with the look and construction of traditional carbon fiber. Through a number of drafts and tons of research, they decided to add pop art elements that would afford swimmers the colorful details native to our brand.
While working to make this highly technical concept a bit more abstract and fun, the design team couldn’t resist adding in explosive imagery, reminiscent of old school comic books. Once they saw firsthand just how vibrant the print could be, they knew it would ultimately take on a life of its own. And from here, WHAAM was officially born.
Today, if you look closely at WHAAM you can still identify carbon fiber elements throughout its background. However, playing with size and color has helped this print to come alive in an entirely novel way. As a training suit the 100% Polyester construction still provides swimmers and triathletes with the durability they need for 300+ hours of performance. However, the playful aesthetic keeps things light for athletes who are ready to not just go through the motions, but truly enjoy their workout.
WHAAM is available for purchase on TYR.com and in a number of retail shops.
The 2016 Summer Games have officially come to a close, and we couldn’t be more proud of everything team TYR has accomplished.
“Momma on a Mission” Dana Vollmer brought home three medals, earning gold for her swim in the 4 x 100m medley relay, silver in the 4 x 100m free relay and bronze in the 100m butterfly.
“After taking two years off, Vollmer admits, “no one expected me to come back, no one kind of knew if I could make it back in time, so I felt like for the first time in my life, just really standing up there, because I loved it, and because I wanted to race.””- ABC News
Olympic newcomer Kelsi Worrell also brought home her first gold medal for an impressive swim in the preliminary round of the 4 x 100m medley relay.
Breaststroke specialist Cody Miller swam his way to the podium more than once throughout the Games. In addition to earning bronze in the 100m breaststroke, he was also a member of the gold medal winning men’s 4 x 100m medley relay team.
“Cody Miller finished his 2016 Rio Games as a part of Olympic history.”-Las Vegas Review Journal
2x Olympian and 2012 silver medalist Jimmy Feigen earned his first gold medal this time around for his swim in the preliminary round of the 4 x 100m free relay.
Last, but certainly not least, Danish sensation and 4x Olympian Jeanette Ottesen earned the bronze medal for her swim in the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay.
In addition to our athletes making a phenomenal splash in Rio, the TYR Sport Avictor seemed to certainly stand out, as well. If you haven’t seen our latest behind-the-scenes video on the making of our legendary tech suit, check it out below.
If you haven’t heard of Molly Hannis just yet, it’s only a matter of time before you do. Swimming’s newest “It Girl” has gotten everyone talking, and now that’s she’s officially a part of #teamTYR, we’re psyched to have her on board. Read on below to get to know Molly!
What is your favorite TYR Suit?
Women’s Avictor Omaha Nights Closed Back (Multi color print)
What is in your training bag on a typical day?
- Extra workout clothes
- Some kind of snack bar
- A water bottle
- My “speed glitter” (glitter I rub on before I swim)
- A suit, cap and goggles
What are five things no one knows about you?
- I love playing any and all sports.
- I want to learn how to be a better cook.
- I swim faster when I use my “speed glitter.”
- I know I’m warmed up and ready to race when I’ve sneezed at least twice (weird habit, I know).
- I have the best family in the whole world.
What are five things that you are thankful for?
- My friends and family
- My coaches and teammates
- The University of Tennessee
- Great competitors in the US women’s breaststroke events
- TYR Sport for working with me as I begin my professional career
Motivational words to live by:
“Wake up, work hard, repeat!”
“Only she who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.”
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Pre-practice: 2 hard boiled egg whites and a banana with peanut butter
Post practice: A shake or a bar, and yogurt with apples and granola
What is your greatest athletic accomplishment?
Winning short course nationals in the 100 yd breaststroke
What is your great personal accomplishment?
Graduating from the University of Tennessee
What is the best advice you have received?
Every practice is a performance and every performance is practice
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be and why?
I hope I never get sucked into a reality TV show.
What are your hobbies outside of swimming?
Playing volleyball, soccer, reading and soaking up the sun
What is your most memorable race and why?
My most memorable race was probably the 400 Medley relay at women’s NCAAs in 2013. It was my first NCAA title, and I remember it being the ultimate team effort.
What are three words that describe you as a competitor?
Graceful, efficient and reckless
What are three words that describe you as a person?
Friendly, funny and competitive
If you weren’t a swimmer, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t swimming I would heading out into the job market- and probably working with kids in some capacity.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Working in some sports related field
What advice would you give to a young swimmer/triathlete?
Set your mind to whatever you want most and find a way to make it happen.