Adam Peaty: Fast cars, grime music and a ban on talking about swimming could help win Olympic gold


Fiddling with the laces on his bright red personalised Nike trainers, Adam Peaty does something that is rare when he is away from the pool: he talks about swimming.

Already a three-time world champion and double world record holder, Peaty usually adheres to a simple rule when he emerges from the water. Switch off.

He drives his beloved Mercedes, listens to grime music, watches American sitcoms, plays computer games and does little to differentiate himself from the majority of other 21-year-olds.

Three months out from his first Olympic Games that is just the way he likes it.

“At home we have a rule where we don’t talk about swimming at all,” he says. “Sometimes I go downstairs and my mum and dad are watching one of my races and I tell them to switch it off.

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