Conor Dwyer took his cap off to Michael Phelps at the Summer Olympics on Aug. 9 — and not just because he admired what Phelps had accomplished in a swimming pool.
Phelps needed Dwyer’s cap.
On a swimming deck in Rio de Janeiro.
And moments before Phelps climbed a block to swim the anchor leg of the 800-meter freestyle relay.
Phelps’ cap had split. Dwyer — a Winnetka native, a 2007 Loyola Academy graduate and the relay’s lead-off leg — handed his cap to Phelps, who then capped the quartet’s victorious effort (7:00.66).
The Olympic gold medal was Dwyer’s first in Rio and second in his career; he’d collected his first at the 2012 Summer Games in London, in the same event.
The 27-year-old Dwyer, a former Lake Forest Swim Club member, earned a bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle on Aug. 8.
Click here to read a July 2016 story about Dwyer that was published recently in The North Shore Weekend and on DailyNorthShore.com