Swimmer who beat Phelps raised by Filipina?
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 13, 2016 04:33 PM
Singapore's Joseph Schooling shows off his gold medal in the men's 100-meter butterfly medals ceremony during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Joseph Schooling of Singapore pulled off the biggest upset in the swimming competition of the 2016 Rio Olympics after defeating legendary Michael Phelps for the gold medal in the men's 100-meter butterfly.
The 21-year old Schooling's feat was also historic as he gave his country its first ever gold medal in the Olympic Games.
Interestingly, Schooling may have a Filipino connection: his nanny.
In a YouTube video uploaded by Singapore telecommunications company Singtel more than year ago ahead for the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, a woman who was introduced as "Auntie Yolly" talks about Schooling.
"I've known him for 19 years. He's a very loving, caring, sweet boy," said Yolly.
Schooling meanwhile acknowledges what his nanny had done for him.
"Auntie Yolly is like a second mom to me. As a kid I wasn't the easiest guy to handle. She was the one who used to take care of me at home. You know she's cooked for me, made me do my homework, everything."
Although her last name and nationality were not revealed and a search online didn't yield anything, Yolly looked and sounded distinctly Filipina.
"I cried a lot when he left for the US because most of the days we are together," shared Yolly.
Schooling eventually moved to the United States to study and compete for the University of Texas - Austin, which is one of the powerhouse schools in collegiate swimming.
"She'll come down and watch me swim. She supports me unconditionally," added Schooling.
Later in the video, a group clad in red surprises Auntie Yolly and celebrates her unwavering support to Schooling.
"She definitely puts the 'extra' in extraordinary. She's passionate about what I do. I don't think I could have a better second mom or nanny by my side to help all through this," Schooling admitted.
"I just did my best, being like a nanny to him," said Yolly.
Watch the touching video here:
Could a Filipina been instrumental in raising Singapore's first Olympic gold medalist?
You be the judge.