Ever since we saw Victoria’s Secret model Kelsey Merritt’s photo with a mystery man at a park in Japan, we couldn’t stop swooning over the 6’5” buffed hottie—who is later revealed as Conor Dwyer, an American swimmer and two-time Olympic gold medalist. As we looked into the 29-year-old swimmer’s Instagram account, we discovered a few of his interests and hobbies aside from hitting the pool or going on romantic dates with Kelsey.
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For one, the passion for sports runs in the family and his social cliques. Conor’s mom Jeanne was also an All-American swimmer and was the one who taught him how to swim. His family’s influence also led him to love baseball. Just last September, he threw the ceremonial first pitch before his favorite team Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. His grandfather Jim Dowdle was an executive vice precident at Tribune Co., which used to own the Cubs. Hence, Conor is good friends with Cubs star Anthony Rizzo!
A celebrity in his own right, Conor has already bagged endorsement deals with brands like Speedo, Gilette, and USAA. On his pasttime, he does a lot more sports. He surfs, he paddle boards, he boxes, and he plays water polo and hockey (what else can he not do?). But this guy also know how to have a good time when he’s with his celebrity friends Sean O’Pry, Chance the Rapper, and Zac Efron. In fact, Conor competes for triathlon with his “Team Flow” co-members brothers Dylan and Zac Efron!
But the best part? Competing internationally gives him the pleasure to travel and explore new places! He's been to Japan, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Rome, Budapest, and Croatia to name a few.
There's still a lot more to tell about Conor, but we'll leave it to you to check out this gallery and his Instagram page for more. Note though: He posts plenty of shirtless photos in his feed—not that we're complaining!
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Photos from @conorjdwyer and @kelseymerritt