Ryan Murphy won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, setting a world record in the process. After that, he returned to Cal only to add to a historical career.
As the timeline approaches three weeks until what would have been the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Murphy understood he, along with other athletes, had to do their part in order to maintain safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was really challenging to have that maturity to realize that it’s not all about sports and we’ve got to protect our communities,” Murphy told Mike Tirico on NBC Sports’ Lunch Talk Live.
That doesn’t mean he’s not training, of course.
Murphy credited doing pull-ups on trees, running up hills and even pushing cars in order to stay in shape during a time like this as he preps for 2021.
The 2017 Cal grad finished his collegiate career becoming the fourth man in NCAA history to sweep both distances of one stroke all four years (the 100- and 200-yard backstroke).
He remains in Berkeley where he continues to train.