2012 Olympic Silver medalist (100 backstroke) and Gold medalist (400 medley relay)
2014 Pan Pacific Team Member
2011 World Champion (400 medley relay)
2x World Record Holder (100 backstroke, 400 medley relay SCM)
2015 Pan American Games Gold Medalist 100 back
2015 Pan American Games Record Holder, 100 Back
When it comes to swimming backstroke, Nick Thoman has history on his side.
Hailing originally from Cincinnati – a hotbed for developing world-class backstrokers – Nick has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps to become a backstroke legend.
What sets Nick apart is his mindset: he sees every race, every practice, every drill, every warm-up and every cool-down as an opportunity to get better. While many athletes shut down when faced with challenges or bad swims, Nick is here to teach participants how to reframe their thinking to see perceived failures and shortcomings as learning opportunities to improve – not only as swimmers but also as people.
Aside from his great racing pedigree, his work ethic has garnered himself a reputation as one of the best trainers in the world. Back in 2011, Nick and his SwimMAC teammates suited up for a test set during their afternoon workout, and he proceeded to swim a 43.9 100 yard backstroke – almost a second faster than anybody had ever been in a meet up to that point.
This phenomenal backstroke time kicked off a buzz around the country and even spurred a nationwide “what can you do in 43.9 seconds?” video contest. Entries, both swimming-related and not, came in from around the country as his feat lit a fire of excitement throughout the swimming community.
But behind the spotlight of success and social media attention, Nick couldn’t be more grounded. He does what others won’t in practice so that he can do what others can’t in competition. His success is rooted in daily practice discipline and hard work without cutting corners – principles he imparts on all swimmers attending his clinics.
Feedback from his clinics are phenomenal, with one parent saying: “Nick ‘s story was particularly relatable because he wasn’t always a top notch swimmer. He worked hard and set goals for himself and he continually got better. It was a great message. He was fantastic with the swimmers!”
Nick has the uncanny ability to engage swimmers of all ages and keeps a tight command on his clinic content, capitalizing on every second spent in the water. “The class was large, but he managed to give personal instructions to all levels. And he called out kids when they weren’t listening. Hooray! We spent time and money to go and I’m glad he kept the kids and class on track,” raves another participant.
Clearly, attending a clinic with Nick at the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour is well worth the investment. Book your next clinic today!