Kraken's Oleksiak wants to challenge Olympian sister, Penny, to swimming race
Penny Oleksiak better look out: There's a new swimmer in the family.
"I might have to race Penny," Jamie joked in an interview with TSN's Mark Masters. "I'm gonna need a long, long head start before she gets going."
Swimming is a "late development" for the 28-year-old, but he's giving it a go.
"Things can get kind of monotonous when you do the same training over and over again. So I think doing swimming is something a little bit different, kind of use different muscles that you're not used to and developing them," Jamie said.
Jamie has a lot of work to do before he can reach the same heights as his sister, who just became the all-time most decorated Canadian Olympian while competing at the Tokyo Games.
"I wouldn't say I'm the best swimmer ever," he said, adding, "I'm definitely more of a sinker."
Jamie's favorite stroke at the moment is freestyle.
"I can't do anything else, basically," he said. "I'm not much of a swimmer, so I'm sticking to the basics right now, we'll see what happens down the road, though."
Between Penny's historic success and Jamie's new five-year deal with the Kraken, the Oleksiaks will have plenty to celebrate when Penny returns to Canada. Jamie says the family plans to head to the cottage and catch up.