"We're still in a daze," Aaron's father, Tim, said by telephone from
Sydney. "Every day out here is better than the next. After last night, I
think we're starting to fall back to Earth."
It was the second-fastest time ever posted by Peirsol in his young
career, which will surely be paved with gold in future Olympics.
"They have this cheer in Australia where 18,000 people in the swim
complex start yelling, 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oy, Oy, Oy!' " Tim
Peirsol said. "So before Aaron's final, I started yelling, 'Aaron Aaron
Aaron! Gold Gold Gold!,' The people around us must have thought I was
some crazy, psycho dad or something."
Peirsol got off to a slow start in the finals as he found himself
trailing not only Krayzelburg, but Australian Matt Welsh as well, after
Finally, Peirsol's patented kick came into play as he pulled ahead of
Welsh and started to reel in Krayzelburg.
With 50 meters to go, Krayzelburg said he felt his arms start to
stiffen and cramp up, but kept his focus and marched on.
Both Peirsol and Welsh swam a faster final 50 meters, but
Krayzelburg's lead proved too large to overcome.
"It actually was a less emotional situation than at the Olympic
trials," Tim Peirsol said. "We all were just glad to be there, and
throughout the events we learned that it was OK to get a bronze and it's
OK to get a silver."
Peirsol's parents, Tim and Wella, along with sister Hayley, were
finally able to see Aaron following a race for the first time in more
than two weeks.
"We called him the morning before the race and told him how proud we
all were and that we loved him very much," Tim Peirsol said.
Unfortunately, Aaron doesn't notch a podium finish in all events.
"We had to wait for him to take his drug test before we could see him.
He took so long to finally fill up his cup, he was the last one out and
the visiting time had expired," Tim Peirsol said. "We had to get a
special injunction from the Olympic Committee just to see him. We got to
see his medal and hold it. He's very happy with how things turned out."