'Gold Medal Mel' Stewart-Swimming
"At the London Olympics, I'll be focused on--big surprise!--Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin. No three athletes in any other sport will net as many medals. They may win as many as 18, and if they're off their game, they'll still come away with at least a dozen. They're simply that dominant. However, the next generation of swim stars creates just as much excitement. I'll white-knuckle my aquatic center seat when Dana Vollmer and Ricky Berens step onto the starting blocks. They're as versatile as Phelps with the potential to land 5-8 medals combined...and another dozen in Rio at the 2016 Olympics."
Mel Stewart, aka 'Gold Medal Mel', won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, and USA Swimming. Mel has also worked as an Olympic analyst for ABC, NBC, EPSN, FOX SPORTS and TBS. At swimswam.com, the #1 swimming website in the world for news and lifestyle content that he also founded, Mel hosts Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com--a weekly report featuring the world’s fastest swimmers and Olympic medalists.