Joseph Schooling – The Michael Phelps Fan Who Beat Him at the Olympics | Game Breakers

Joseph Schooling – The Michael Phelps Fan Who Beat Him at the Olympics | Game Breakers

Singapore isn’t known
for being a sporting nation and a lot of people said
we’ll never win the Olympic gold medal. This 21-year-old Singaporean, Joseph Schooling,
what a superstar. History might come in the form of Singapore’s
Joseph Schooling. Everyone knows the Olympics
is the biggest thing. This young man,
he has a very strong sense of history and legacy. It takes a tough,
courageous person to handle that pressure. Everyone is watching and that’s the pinnacle
for athletes. He’s been so impressive,
and now he finds himself in the fastest lane. Keep your nerves,
keep composed. Now the scene is set. And having to execute everything that
I trained for… ..that was probably
DOB – 16 JUNE 1995) My name is Joseph Schooling. Growing up in Singapore,
I used to live on the east coast,
close to the beach. I had my first competition
when I was four and it was little
25-meter races. I think I bagged, like,
ten medals. I didn’t know what
that meant at that point. You see all these parents
going nuts. It’s kind of funny. I loved racing. And from a young age,
had that feeling, hated to lose. He was a happy baby,
very happy baby, very easy to look after. He loved the water. Every holiday we’d go,
it’s, like, he stays in the water. It happened in her hometown. He was about eight years old and 4:30 in the morning,
he woke me up. I say, “What’s happening, son?” He said, “I’ve gotta go
for training.” I say, “You gotta go
for what?” For an eight-year-old
to wake you up at 4:30 in the morning,
that is special. Very special. And then I took him
seriously. Every meet that he
swam was documented. You could see a pattern,
how he was advancing. Then every year,
I would put the times he had to achieve,
target that I put him against American 4As,
Triple As, then the Malaysian record, the Singapore junior records, the school records,
his PBs, and his goal. (COLIN’S RECORDS OF
UNINTERRUPTED.) Singapore, because it’s
a young nation, they were concentrating
on building the country. We don’t have enough
competitions. I needed to go
to a different level of training to improve myself. And the only way
to do that, you know, was to go overseas. My dad hosted the
US Olympic team in 2008. Before they went to Beijing,
they stopped over in Singapore. Every coach he asked
pointed to Bolles in Jacksonville, Florida,
under Sergio Lopez. It was definitely a little
intimidating, coming from a smaller country. That was the first time
I’d been to the US, first time away
from my parents. Honestly, I hated it,
my first year. Just hated it. But for a 13-year-old kid,
I was in boarding school. I was a little spoiled in
Singapore as a kid. Never had to pick up
after myself, never had to do dishes,
laundry, that kind of things. It was a huge awakening. And it taught me to mature
real quick. Taught me to grow up. Not every parent can afford
this kind of thing. I sacrificed my business. But that’s my choice,
it was nobody else’s choice. I don’t want to be the richest
man in the cemetery. It was difficult. We only have one son. Always I ask him, “So, you want
to come back?” “No.” He might cry, he might whine,
but, “No, Mom. “If I come back, I’m not going
to get to the Olympics.” That was his standard. I wanted to make
an Olympic final. I wanted to be top eight
and I thought I could, especially
in that 200 fly. I can still remember walking
into that call room. Michael’s in my heat,
200 fly. I looked up, he was just
looking right at me, and you know,
for a 17-year-old kid to see Michael Phelps
staring him down, that was definitely something. I had lofty expectations
for myself. I did some really good training
up to then. I think that was the most
disappointing part. (MINUTES BEFORE THE RACE,
TO THE 17-YEAR-OLD.) I thought it was going to be
the end of the world and I started panicking. And once you start panicking,
you lose track of things. You lose focus. And everything goes down
from there. That was probably one of the
most horrible experiences of my life up till now. I guess I wasn’t old enough and I wasn’t
experienced enough to put that behind me and continue doing what
I was going to do. For the next six months, I was, you know,
in and out of it. I didn’t want to swim
any more. I didn’t want
to go through it. I wasn’t focused at all. I remember falling down. I think I broke my ankle. So, things like that. I’m glad I could have
great people around me to dig me out of that hole. Sergio, after a while,
got pretty mad that I wasn’t bouncing back
from it. I remember, it was
Thanksgiving in 2012. We had a huge falling-out,
we didn’t speak to each other for a couple weeks. And I think that was
when my wake-up call came. In hindsight, I’d say experience would be
the biggest thing that I was lacking. But I’m glad it happened. It helped me mature
as an athlete and a person. Those are the kind of setbacks
we need sometimes to find out
what we’re really made of. To say, all right,
if you really want to do this, put it behind you,
start moving on. The clock resets every
four years. By the time I arrived
in 2016, I’d been to every major
games there is and I raced against
everyone that I competed in the Olympic final. So I knew what to expect. Actually, we were planning
not to go. We said,
“We’ll watch you from home.” Of course, my son says, “Mom, I’m going on the podium.
You’re not coming?” That’s how confident he was.
Can you imagine? I’ll tell you something. 20 minutes before he swam, Straits Times interviewed me. “What would you wish
to say to Joseph?” I would tell Joseph
to stun the world. Just stun it. And that I love you,
that’s all. I still remember how it felt
before the 100 fly final. Four years of work coming down
to this one moment. There were so many feelings, the combination
of being anxious, being nervous, excited. Very emotional. Singapore stopped. Even my friends WHO
were playing golf, they all stopped and
went to view it on their hand phone. And then the schools
had it shown. Factories stopped work so that
their workers can watch. – Singapore stopped.
– Literally. Take your mark. Schooling’s reaction time’s
the best by far of everyone and he starts well again. Schooling’s looking good and right on that
world record time. He’s transferred the form
that he showed in the heats
into the semifinals and into the final. And he’s a body-length
clear, almost. Can he hold on? We were hoping to
see history in the pool. But we are, history,
because Singapore has won an Olympic gold medal and an Olympic record time. Joseph Schooling,
simply sensational. I was overjoyed for him. You couldn’t have written
a better story, you know? Greatest Olympian of all time
exiting and you beat him. A three-way tie at the end. It was a very
touching moment. First time
we see our national anthem being sang at the Olympics. That was really… That touched my heart. And so did my fellow
Singaporeans. A lot of them… ..were very emotional. It was so surreal. We arrived, like,
5am in the morning. The whole Changi Airport
was full of people. There were people everywhere. He was in the papers
everywhere. The response that I got
back home was a better feeling
than winning. It was definitely an emotional
roller-coaster ride, coming back for all
the festivities. On the deck, we called him
the King of Singapore, the Prince of Singapore,
just to mess with him because we knew… We knew he was a celebrity,
but we didn’t know, like, the gravity or
the magnitude of it. And then when we hit,
when we touched down in Singapore, you know,
there was people that ushered him
from this place to that place, you know, get his bags,
bodyguards, everything. He was like a movie star. I didn’t think the reception
would be as huge as it was. It was that nuts,
because something like that has never happened before. It’s great to see
huge support pouring in, not only from the government,
but from the people. Previously, we haven’t been
a sporting nation at all. So, to see this glimmer of hope for the sporting scene
in Singapore, I think, that’s excited a lot of people. And they’re doing
everything they can to help more people get
to that point. I think he’s really
shown that culture that you don’t have to be
a doctor, a lawyer, or a successful businessman,
you know. There’s success outside
of those mediums. And he’s achieved it
to the fullest extent. An Olympic gold medal
for such a young country, it’s incredible. (AUSTIN, TEXAS) (AFTER RIO, JOSEPH RETURNED TO
ENROLLED SINCE 2014.) After Rio, and after he won,
and set the Olympic record, he had accomplished all
his life goals. He had to reset more goals. And we didn’t catch that
until first semester was almost gone. He had a rough first semester,
getting back into work. But if you can imagine,
at age 20, your life goals
in the sport of swimming have been answered. Olympic gold medal,
Olympic record, I mean, that’s unheard of,
because he had never even finaled in the Olympics. And he just stepped up,
qualified first after the heats,
first after the semifinals. I was scared to death,
and then he won. And so that’s been
the main thrust, trying to get over that
and get back in the… If you want to get better,
you gotta work harder. His parents have been
positive with him, and I think that may be
the most important thing that parents could do
or should do. You gotta get it somewhere so that you keep striving
to get better. And May and Colin
are excellent at that. I always tell him, “Whatever you do,
you’re doing for yourself. “It’s not for me.”
You just have to support them. – That’s what we did.
– There’s no fixed formulation. It’s a sacrifice that you’ve
got to be willing to make. We were lucky, because Joseph met some of the best coaches
in the world. Sergio Lopez was a coach
that was good for development. And then Eddie Reese brought
him to another level. All I want to do is
get him to go faster. If I can do that, that’ll take care
of everything else. And he’s nowhere
near as fast as he can go. My love for racing is the biggest reason why I get
out of bed in the morning. I hate practice,
I’m not going to lie, but I know that if I want
to get to that point, I’m going to do whatever it
takes to be the best. I’m looking forward to starting
this new part of my life and trying to inspire
as many people as I can to do things that previously
thought they couldn’t do.

100 Replies to “Joseph Schooling – The Michael Phelps Fan Who Beat Him at the Olympics | Game Breakers”

  1. I don't care who you are. The Rio 2016 100m Butterfly Final is one the best swimming races in history. I was cheering on my fellow Hungarian, Cseh Lászlo! No one would have predicted a little Singaporean would be the top three best swimmers in the sport! Absolutely fantastic! Good luck Schooling!

  2. by the sound of it.. looks like he lost his motivation and he got caught up in the hype around him. Betting he wont win the 2020 olympics.

  3. Just saying. If he just went as fast as the silver medalists, there would have been 4 gold medals!! I wonder if they would playing everyones anthem at the same time or they would take turns

  4. Oh man, I remember watching this live. A triple silver metal and an amazing gold medal. Got shocked when I watched Joseph but so excited for him afterwards. He has a great future ahead, I hope he competes in Tokyo 2020.

  5. I am and Indian.But still,am proud to hear that an Asian had beaten the greatest swimmer of all time(Phelps).
    P.S.I know that he had won it two years ago and I'm late to have known that.

  6. i'm sorry, but when they said that they showed the olympics at the schools and the factories were shut down, it just reminded me of the hunger games

  7. Once I raced Joseph Schooling in Singapore Nationals (It's really easy to make nationals). He was in the lane next to me for the 200 metre backstroke. Well, he fucked me by half a lane.

  8. What great parents who let their son set his own goals.
    They stood behind him and his dreams happened.
    They must be beyond proud.

  9. I wish my asian parents could support me in anything I was doing. They want me to be a doctor so that’s what I’m doing. I do karate and I wish I could take that to a higher level but I can’t.. I love my parents but I wish they supported me back.

  10. Singapore is a country and doesn't belong to China. Proud of you! Goodluck for 2020 Tokyo Olympic love from Philippines .

  11. i love racing too! …even though i got tendinitis…and hate losing…and hate adding time…i just love it and i want to race. to me, swimming is a literal addiction.

  12. 3:11 his picture reminds me of Percy Jackson with his camp half blood shirt on pLuS both of their relations to water

  13. such an inspirational story. so good to see how much support he got from his country and from the Singaporean government

  14. wow, what a way to win gold. Not only the first of the nation, but he did it by beating the most successful Olympian of all time.

  15. The best train in the USA . I was going to say where he got his American accent from? Lol Great achievement

  16. Just incredible Joseph for you are truly an inspiration to everyone . Goes to show you dreams come true if you work hard and have great Coaches and very supportive parents

  17. Joseph I just loved the line: everyone is watching..
    The world is watching . Thank you so much for inspiring me becuz I'm going through the same phase of coming out of failure.Thank you so much for giving me hopes. I'll one day prove my myself.
    And yeah All the best .Wish to watch you more .??

  18. So proud of joseph achievement. I still remember at 1992 barcelona, susi susanti win indonesia's first gold medal. Tokyo 2020 is coming!

  19. Hi Joseph I don't know if you remember me but there was this one time I was watching one of your practices and I was like "why can't anybody beat Joseph and now why you have been my inspiration the past year. I haven't been making my time cuts and watching this made me realize that anything is possible. Thank you, Ella The one you thought was 8 because I was short.

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