Chase Kalisz's love life: Tokyo Olympic gold medalist says bulldog Floyd is 'his guy'
Chase Kalisz led Team USA to win gold in the men's 400m individual medley final
The men's 400m individual medley final was won by Team USA, with Chase Kalisz capturing gold and Jay Litherland coming in second. In a close race, Kalisz was able to break away to win the first medal race in the pool, while Great Britain's Max Litchfield finished joint-fourth on Saturday, July 24.
Despite the fact that Chase Kalisz is nine years younger than Michael Phelps, the two share a brotherly relationship. Kalisz, known to be protégé, broke away from the pack midway through the 400-meter individual medley to win the first US gold in any sport at this year's Summer Games, with a fine time of 4min 9.42 sec.
As games-related Covid-19 cases continue to rise, leading to several athletes pulling out of the event, and with Tokyo facing a triple health threat, the Summer Games were very close to being canceled last minute. But Kalisz's happy win breathed life into the world's biggest sports event on Saturday. Here's what we know about the young swimmer's love life.
Who is Chase Kalisz dating?
Team USA star swimmer Chase Kalisz is a pool hero. However, like many athletes of his cadre, he prefers to keep his personal life private. Websites like Celebpie confirm this, adding that the swimmer, who specializes in the butterfly and medley, is reserved when it comes to spilling his secrets. The website did not deny the possibility of the 27-year-old having a girlfriend, considering he seems to have many female friends, according to his Instagram account, but we don't know for sure.
Daily News Catcher confirms that 'Killer Kalisz', who was born four days after Valentine's Day in 1994, is straight and unmarried. He is a Christian from Bel Air, Maryland born to Mike and Cathy Kalisz. He has three siblings, Courtney, Cassidy, and Connor. The news outlet adds that women's swim team star Katie Ledecky is his favorite swimmer.
Kalisz's Instagram profile bio reads, "Olympic Silver Medalist • 2x World Champion • NCAA Champion • USA National Team • Georgia Bulldog". He is quite popular on the social networking site with as many as 58.7k followers.
Although he's quiet about his love life, Kalisz does not shy away from showing his love for his English Bulldog called Floyd. "Saturday with my guy," he writes, sharing a picture with his pet pooch. The canine, who has his own Instagram account, is a regular feature in the swimmer's grid of photos.
"[Floyd] is more popular than me,” Kalisz said (Floyd is up to 3,600 Instagram followers). “We go on campus, and I take him on walks. I literally have people pointing him out, ‘That’s Floyd the Bulldog," he said in a 2018 interview with NBC.
But Kalisz also seems to have a soft spot for dolphins. "Sorry @floydthebulldawg !! Still love ya 😘," he wrote, sharing photos of some fun and tender moments with a flipper in Cabo San Lucas.
Kalisz's victory was the seventh time the American team finished first and second in Saturday's event.