David Duchovny Is Lending His Pool to Paralympic Swimmer to Train During COVID-19 Shutdowns


The coronavirus pandemic has forced many athletes to find unique ways to stay in shape while training facilities are shut down due to public health measures — and at least one celebrity is lending a helping hand during the situation.

In a new piece for the New York Times, five-time Paralympic medalist Rudy Garcia-Tolson reveals that Californication star David Duchovny has been allowing him to use his home’s pool to train.

Garcia-Tolson, 31, said that in early July — after reading a previous Times article about the athlete’s efforts to find a place to train — a rep for Duchovny reached out on Instagram.

“[The message] was from a woman who said she worked with the actor David Duchovny, telling me to get in touch with her about finding a pool to train in,” the swimmer explained. “She gave me his number and told me to reach out. When I did, he told me he had a 25-meter, one-lane pool in his backyard. I was welcome to use it whenever I wanted. I just needed to give him a little notice.”

And so the Paralympian — who was born with popliteal pterygium syndrome and is a double above-knee amputee — took him up on the offer. He’s used Duchovny’s pool 12 times, sometimes chatting with the star, 60, but often just getting straight to business.

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