Karl Stefanovic gushes about Olympic swimming champion Zac Stubblety-Cook’s physique to his girlfriend
Karl Stefanovic talked about Olympic champion Zac Stubblety-Cook’s “great gear” during an interview with the swimmer’s girlfriend and mother – who revealed that her son used to be terrified of water.
Stubblety-Cook won gold in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke final on Thursday with an Olympic record of two minutes, 6.38 seconds.
Since the previous Tokyo Games in 1964, no Australian had won the 200m breaststroke final at the Olympics.
The Today show host couldn’t help but express his admiration for Stubblety-Cook’s toned physique as he spoke to his mother Julie and girlfriend of five and a half years Ella Martinkovic on Friday morning.
Karl Stefanovic couldn’t help but tell longtime girlfriend of Olympic champion Zac Stubblety-Cook about the swimmer’s ‘amazing rig’
“Karl says he has great gear,” sports presenter Alex Cullen told the swimmer’s girlfriend in Brisbane.
‘He has!’ Stefanovic was heard saying off-camera.
‘No complaints,’ Ms Martinkovic replied, after which there was laughter again in the studio.
Mrs. Stubblety-Cook, meanwhile, said her son was a long way from the boy who screamed when he put his face under the water and was too embarrassed to let his own mother see him swim.
“In the last five years, he’s gotten really, really messed up,” she said.
“He trains for hours and hours, he works three days a week and studies at Griffith University. He’s a very busy boy.’
“Am I right in saying he was afraid of the water as a child?” asked Cullen.
“Absolutely,” his mother replied. ‘I used to be told by the swimming teachers: ‘Hide in the bushes so he can’t see you.’
‘No complaints’ replied Ms Martinkovic when Stefanovic expressed his admiration for the swimmer’s physique
“He would scream that he put his face in the water,” she said, adding that he would scream at the bottom of the pool if his feet couldn’t touch the bottom.
Stubblety-Cook had praised his family and girlfriend after his win for helping him achieve his gold medal win.
“Unbelievable, I wouldn’t be here without their support, but it’s been a tough five years and honestly I can’t put it into words,” he told Channel Seven.
He was behind for most of the race and was in third place at the last corner before taking him home in the final 50 meters.
Stubblety-Cook is seen with his girlfriend Ella. The 22-year-old has won gold and broken the Olympic record
“That’s the way I train and the way I race all the time, so in these races I’m not going to try to change anything,” he said.
“I’m just glad the process paid off.”
His mother said she didn’t expect him to make it to the semifinals and was blown away by the gold and an Olympic record.
Zac Stubblety-Cook is seen for his 200m breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics
“I’m so happy for him after all that hard work and dedication. It’s just such a bonus,” she said.
In addition to his iconic name, Stubblety-Cook has also caught the eye of Aussies who watch from home for his good looks.
‘I objectify the male swimmers on my TV. This guy specifically,” one woman tweeted with a picture of Stubblety-Cook in his swimmers.
“And the gold medal for best Olympic name goes to… Zac Stubblety-Cook of the Australian swim team. Congratulations Zac!’ said another.
The 22-year-old from Queensland was a favorite to win after taking first place in his semi-final with the fastest time of two minutes 7.35 seconds
In addition to his iconic name, Stubblety-Cook has also caught the eye of Aussies who watch from home for his good looks, with one woman tweeting a photo of Zac in his swimmers.
“Zac Stubblety-Cook sounds like a nursery rhyme,” one tweeted.
“Besides having a brilliant name, Zac Stubblety-Cook is as good at men’s swimming as anyone,” said another swimming fan.
“There will never be an Olympic swimmer with a nicer name to say.”