Why Caeleb Dressel tossed his first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics to a teammate in the stands

July 26, 2021

Caeleb Dressel tosses his gold medal to teammate Brooks Curry after the men's 4x100 relay final at the Tokyo Olympics.He gave the U.S. a lead it never relinquished, and, less than an hour later, he stepped to a podium to receive his first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics.Dressel, instead, found 20-year-old teammate Brooks Curry in the Tokyo Aquatics Center stands.But the U.S. qualified easily, and more importantly, precisely because the final was 15 hours later, Curry allowed Dressel to rest up.So Dressel took matters into his own hands by taking his gold medal out of them, and reeled Curry into the spotlight.