Candice Warner weighs in on Olympic legend Dawn Fraser’s chops

Ironwoman Candice Warner spoke about Australian swimming legend Dawn Fraser’s penchant for the odd beer during an interview about the Tokyo Olympics.

Warner, the partner of cricketer David Warner, said she was pleased to hear that Fraser had fun barracking for the Australian athletes from the swimming icon’s home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

“I listened to an interview she did yesterday and she said she actually didn’t come back to where they are in Noosa because she had too much to drink during the day,” Warner told Triple M’s Moonman in the Morning team on Wednesday.

Dawn Fraser wrote in her autobiography about the infamous flag-stealing incident that took place after a drunken party at the 164 Olympics in Tokyo. Pictured at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide in April 2019

Candice Warner (pictured) said she was delighted to hear that Fraser enjoyed the Australian women's swim team's spectacular Olympic performance

Candice Warner (pictured) said she was delighted to hear that Fraser enjoyed the Australian women’s swim team’s spectacular Olympic performance

“True Aussie spirit – I was just okay with you sitting back and enjoying the Olympics,” she said.

Moonman co-host and former The Block star Jess Eva said she once had the pleasure of sharing a drink with Fraser.

“I shared a schooner from Toohey’s New with her and yes, she can suck them down real Aussie style,” Jess said.

“I think she’d definitely get a gold medal for that,” Warner replied.

“I’ve never had the honor of having a beer with her, but I think she would drink me under the table.”

And Fraser would have plenty of moments to celebrate with the record-breaking Australian swim team winning gold in Tokyo.

Bronte Campbell, Meg Harris, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell broke the world record by winning the 4 x 100m freestyle relay this weekend.

While Kaylee McKeown stormed to gold in the 100m backstroke.

And Ariarne Titmus won gold in the 400-meter freestyle after beating five-time United States Olympic champion Katie Ledecky — sparking a response from her coach that went viral.

Fraser, now 83, stole the Olympic flag from outside the Imperial Palace during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  Pictured during the Tokyo Olympics

Fraser, now 83, stole the Olympic flag from outside the Imperial Palace during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Pictured during the Tokyo Olympics

Fraser has long been known to enjoy a drink - he even ran a pub for a few years

Fraser has long been known to enjoy a drink – he even ran a pub for a few years

Fraser’s drinking ability has long been the stuff of Olympic myth.

She even went above and beyond to be a pub owner – running the Riverview Hotel in Balmain for five years from 1978.

When model Erin McNaught portrayed the former swimmer on Drunk History Australia, the 38-year-old model admitted she was surprised to learn that Dawn had been a bit of a wild girl during her heyday.

In her episode of Drunk History, Erin recreated the moment Dawn, now 83, stole the Olympic flag from outside the Imperial Palace during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Fraser at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics (photo)

Fraser at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics (photo)

‘I knew nothing about it. I was reading the script and thought, ‘This can’t be real, like they had to fill in gaps somewhere,’ but it’s 100 percent legit,” Erin said.

The former Miss Universe Australia admitted she never knew about Dawn’s rebellious side until portraying her in an episode of the comedy series.

“She just drank beer all the time, smoked cigarettes… It’s not how Olympians live their lives these days, but she did it,” she continued.

Dark history: The 38-year-old model appeared in The Project Monday and admitted she'd been surprised to learn that Dawn had been a bit of a naughty girl during her heyday

Dark history: The 38-year-old model appeared in The Project Monday and admitted she’d been surprised to learn that Dawn had been a bit of a naughty girl during her heyday

While Erin didn’t think stealing the Olympic flag seemed so bad, the act resulted in Fraser being arrested.

Although she was released without charge, the Australian Swimming Union banned her from competing for 10 years.

Dawn wrote about the infamous incident, which took place after a drunken party with members of the Australian men’s hockey team and the Australian team doctor, or doc, in her autobiography, Below the Surface.

'I knew nothing about it.  I read the script and thought: "This can't be real, like they've had to fill in gaps somewhere," but it's 100 percent legit,

‘I knew nothing about it. I was reading the script and thought, ‘This can’t be real, like they had to fill in gaps somewhere,’ but it’s 100 percent legit,” Erin said.

“The flagpoles were shooting all around us like exclamation marks,” she wrote.

“We chose a nice big Olympic banner with the five circles on it, and one of my companions lay down on the shoulders of the other.

“They waved a little, and they cursed once or twice, but eventually they pulled the flag off.”

Fraser was the first woman to carry the Australian flag in an Olympic ceremony at the end of the 1964 Tokyo Games.

Before the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games started, she presented the Australian flag to Cate Campbell – the first female swimmer to carry the flag in an opening ceremony.

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