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Michael Phelps, Lily King, Bobby Finke, Ryan Murphy react to Cate Campbell at the US Olympic Swimming Trials

Campbell appeared on Nine’s Today last year after Australia’s outstanding performance at the world swimming championships and was asked about US coach Bob Bowman despite winning more golds.

Channel Nine’s swimming documentary ‘Boiling Point – Swimming’s Greatest Rivalry’ airs on Sunday night.

Today host Karl Stefanovic said the Americans were “sore, pathetic losers” before Campbell was asked for his opinion.

“So many losers,” Campbell agreed. “I mean, Australia coming out on top is one thing, but beating America is a lot sweeter.

“On the first night of the competition, we didn’t have to hear Banner with stars ring through the stadium. I can’t tell you how happy it made me. Bring on Paris. That’s all I have to say USA. Stop being sore losers.

“When we’re side by side in the warm-up, USA has this hellish bell that they ring, and when someone leaves to go to the competition pool, they call ‘USA, US-A,’ and I do. I never wanted to hit anybody more and steal that bell.”

Four-time Olympian Cate Campbell has accused the USA of being “sore losers” after broadcasters showed an alternative medal count at the World Aquatics Championships that put them in first place.

Campbell, who did not qualify for the upcoming Olympics, said the comments were made in jest and were not meant to be disrespectful. Still, they became a talking point at the USA Swimming Trials this week in Indianapolis.

This mast was sent footage of NBC’s coverage, not available in Australia, showing US Olympians watching footage of Campbell’s appearance on television and asking for their live reaction. Campbell’s comments were also played on the show.

“Wow. That was the first time I’ve ever seen that,” said Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history. “I’d look at that thing every day to give me that little extra (motivation).”

Lily King, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder in the 100m breaststroke, is one of the most outspoken members of Team USA, rarely holding back. She was surprised too.

Michael Phelps after the men’s 4x100m freestyle final in Beijing in 2008. Steve Cristo

“It’s funny to me that it bothers them so much. It’s funny,” King said in the NBC report. “Will it be worse if they beat us than someone else? Yes. I’m glad everyone is jealous of the pride we have for our country.

“We like each other, but we want to kill each other when we’re in the pool.”

At last year’s World Championships in Japan, Australia beat the USA in the medal count for only the second time in a major swimming competition since the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.

Campbell’s Australian teammate Kaylee McKeown said at the time she disagreed with the remarks.

“I think everyone is entitled to an opinion… I just don’t agree with the way Cate went about expressing her opinion,” McKeown told 2GB’s Ben Fordham. “I’m all for the rivalry and stuff, but there’s no need to be nasty about it in some ways. I personally don’t mean it.”

Privately, Australia’s swimmers don’t underestimate Team USA, especially in an Olympic year.

“These are only worlds. This is the Olympics. This is the big game show,” said long distance freestyler Bobby Finke.

Back Ryan Murphy added: “Last summer is over. It happened. So I like the idea of ​​having an underdog mentality.”

Cate Campbell is surrounded by her teammates after swimming in the women’s 50m freestyle final. Getty Images

The USA (11 gold medals) narrowly beat Australia (nine) on the medal table at the Tokyo Olympics three years ago.

Australian swimmers leave for France this week ahead of a build-up camp before heading to the Olympic village at the end of July. The swimming program begins in Paris on July 27.

Campbell’s bid to make the Australian team at last week’s Olympic trials after missing the final of her companion event, the 100m freestyle, and finishing fifth in the 50m freestyle final on the final night of competition.

Rivals including Emma McKeon, Bronte Campbell and Shayna Jack consoled Campbell after the race, which marked the end of a career decorated by four Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

Earlier this year, Campbell said there was no problem between her and McKeown.

“Kaylee and I never had a problem,” Campbell said to this post. “We talked about this. The things she said were in jest. It’s also very loud, no filter. In no way was there any animosity directed at anyone.

“It was funny because, let’s face it, America likes to be the best and they like to pretend they’re the best at everything.

“For Christ’s sake, when they have their baseball championships, they call it the World Series when it’s just America (and Canada). When they’re Super Bowl champions, they say they’re world champions. You are America’s champions.”

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