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.
He hails originally from Cincinnati, which has been a hotbed for developing world-class backstrokers for more than three decades. In addition, his grandfather Richard Thoman was a World Record holder in the 100 yard backstroke in the 1950’s.
Nick has followed fate to become one of the world’s top backstrokers himself and formerly held the World Record in the 100 SCM for six years.
Aside from his great swimming pedigree, his attitude and work ethic that have made him a World Record holder and Olympian. Thoman has developed a reputation as one of the best trainers in the world, and he demonstrated that in early December of 2011. He and his SwimMAC teammates put on some racing suits for a training test during their afternoon workout, and he proceeded to swim a 43.9 100 yard backstroke.
For the record, that’s almost a second faster than anybody had ever been in a meet up to that point, and Thoman did it in practice.
His phenomenal backstroke time kicked off a buzz around the country and even spurned a “what can you do in 43.9 seconds?” nationwide 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.
This is how Nick approaches his training. He gets worn-down in season like everyone else; he has days where he wishes that he could skate through and do the bare minimum to complete a practice. But he doesn’t. Nick approaches his workouts with an edge that is unparalleled in the sport today. He sees every race, every practice, every drill, every warm-up and every cool-down as an opportunity to get better.
He trains as hard as anybody in the world, so that he doesn’t have to rely on miracles when it comes time to race. He knows that he can fall back on hours upon hours of full-effort workouts. Nick does what others won’t in practice, so that he can do what others can’t in competition.
Kids attending his clinics with the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour cannot help but catch the fire of inspiration to improve their swimming.