Joshua Prenot, commonly known as Josh, is a well-known American swimmer and an Olympic silver medalist.
He is well known for his Pac 12 games, NCAA championships, world championships, and Olympics.
The 29 years old athlete is a multitalented guy with a degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.
He started athletics early in his life and started competing in swimming at the age of six.
When he was 13, he juggled baseball and swimming when his father advised him to stick to one. He chose swimming, and since then, he has only upped his skills.
We will explore the early life, career, and personal life of the champion in this article but first, here are some interesting quick facts:
Joshua Prenot: Quick Facts
|Full Name||Joshua Prenot|
|Common name||Josh Prenot|
|Birthdate||July 28, 1993|
|Age||29 years old|
|Birthplace||Sedalia, Missouri, U.S.|
|Home Town||Santa Maria, Calif|
|School||Family Partnership Charter School (2011)|
|College||The University of California, Berkeley (2017)|
|Height||5’11” (180.3 cm)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|Partner||Tiffany Sudarma Prenot (Instagram)|
|Strokes||Breaststroke, individual medley, Butterfly|
|World champion||One Silver (2018)|
|Olympic Wins||One Silver (2016 Rio)|
|Personal Bests||1.49.38 (200 breast), 1.40.14 (200 IM), 3.35.82 (400 IM)|
|Club||Santa Maria Swim Club|
|Hobbies||Cycling, Cooking, Photography|
|Net Worth||$1m- $3m|
|Affiliated Brands||Adidas, Locale Wines|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram|
|Merch||Swimwear, Tokyo Olympics 2021 Items|
Josh Prenot: Early Life & Family
Joshua Prenot was born on July 28, 1993, in Sedalia, Missouri, to parents William and Tammy Prenot. While there is no information about tammy’s occupation, William is a retired U.S air force Lt. Col., who served for 20 years.
As a military child, josh had to move from place to place along with his parents. But his parents still remember how well he adapted to everywhere they went.
In an interview, his mother also mentioned how they met varieties of coaches along the way who guided him tremendously.
Being an army brat played a major role in developing key personality traits like discipline, punctuality, and work ethics. He also took up a passion for fitness from his father, which helped him along the way.
Since his early days, he was competitive in everything he did; of course, everyone loves winning, but he absolutely hated losing. So naturally, this fueled his search for greatness.
Like most of the swimmers of his caliber, he started training at a young age. In fact, he was just six when he began competitive swimming.
Joshua Prenot: Career
Since his early years, he has participated in national and international competitions as a member of the USA Swimming national junior team.
At the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, he placed fifth in the 400m IM and sixth in the 200m butterfly.
Though he started to swim early, his talent shined through during his college year. He played for California Golden Bears during 2012-2016.
During his freshman year, Josh was named the Pac 12 Newcomer after winning 400m IM.
Prenot placed fourth in 400m IM and fifth in the 200 breaststrokes and 200Im at the NCAA championships that season, earning all-America honors.
Likewise, he defended his 400m IM title at the 2014 Pac 12 and finished third in an NCAA championship. All the while, he also set new school records in the events.
In 2015, he won another gold in 400-yard IM and two silvers in the 200-yard breast and 200yard IM.
But it was in 2016 when we saw his best. He had his highest ever fish at the NCAA when he won gold in 400IM with a brilliant time of 3.35.82. In addition, he finished second in 200Im and 200 breaststrokes.
He started his pro career in 2016 as a member of the Adidas team. Adidas announced this partnership on December 5th, 2016, via social media.
Following that, Prenot stated that he was excited to see how innovative Adidas products will help him reach his pinnacle.
In the 2017 winter national championships, he finished first in the 100m butterfly at 45.81. Meanwhile, he finished fourth and sixth respectively in 200 and 100 breaststroke.
Moreover, in the 2018 US nationals, he won gold in 200m breast at 2.07.28 while he finished fifth and seventh in 200m IM and 100m breaststroke, respectively.
During the 2018 short course world championships in Hangzhou, he won silver in 200 IM.
For the 2019 International swimming league, he signed with LA current as a team member.
Joshua Prenot: Olympic Experience
To be an Olympic champion is a major dream of almost every athlete, and Josh is no different. He took his first Olympic trial in 2012, at the age of 19, hoping to make it to. London.
He finished 10th overall in the 200m breast, 13th in the 400Im, and 14th in the 200IM.
Although he had to wait four years to materialize that dream, it gave him more time to be extra skilled.
In the 2016 US Olympic trials, he broke the US record in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:07:17. This is also the 4th fastest race time in the event ever.
The U.S team had high hopes for Prenot during his Olympic debut. And he did not disappoint!
In a highly competitive 200m breaststroke race, he earned silver with a time of 2:07:53. This silver was the first Olympic medal for the US in 200m breast since 2004.
Besides that, he also took part in 200 IM and 400 IM but didn’t have a podium finish.
In December 2016, he got a tattoo of the Olympics rings on his left arm.
Josh Prenot: Possible Retirement
2020 and the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for all of us. Postponing of the 2020 Olympics took a major toll on athletes around the world.
In addition to all that, Josh faced bigger disappointment as he failed to qualify in the Tokyo Olympics trials.
The 2016 silver medalist made the 17th best time of 2.13.42 seconds, where the only top 16 advanced to the semifinals.
Following the race, he explained his state of mind via a thread of tweets. He apologized to well-wishers for a bad performance and said he would be taking at least a year off swimming.
On one of those tweets, he wrote, “I have pursued peak performance for the past five years, and how rarely I have found it has really broken my brain.”
He also added that he is passed off most of the time for not achieving what he’s capable of.
Will he be back?
However, he has not taken his name off the anti-doping lists yet, but the chances of him returning to professional swimming look slim.
Surely, being an elite athlete can take a toll on mental and emotional health, especially in swimming, which is highly competitive with milliseconds making and breaking one’s career.
Though the fans hope to see more of him in the pool, the final decision is in the hands of the athlete himself.
Josh Prenot: Wedding & Wife
Josh married his longtime girlfriend Tiffany Sudarma in 2019 at a beautiful destination wedding. The couple had been long dating for years before getting engaged in May 2018.
Moreover, they got married in a civil ceremony first before having a traditional ceremony.
Tiffany Sudarma is also a swimmer who has previously swum for the Indonesian national team and southern methodist university.
At least 200 guests attended the Bali wedding, most of them close family and friends.
Joshua is 5 ft 11 in (180.3 cm) tall with long limbs that help him swim. Currently, he weighs around 165 lbs.
Josh has always been keen on fitness. As an elite athlete, one has to go through vigorous training. Besides his training routine, he is frequently hiking, climbing, and doing physical activities.
While he shines the best in swimming, he has a lot of other hobbies as well. Some of them include hiking, camping, rock climbing, and cycling.
These physical sports are not just calming but are also useful as cross-training methods.
The physics major loves to study. Prenot is also interested in photography, and the proof is his social media. You can also take a look at his photography portfolio via his VSCO profile.
Similarly, he also enjoys cooking & baking!
He loves watching sports other than swimming. His favorite sports teams are the Green Bay Packers of NFL and Chicago Blackhawks of NHL.
Josh Prenot: Net Worth & Business
Though there is no definite record or stat of his net worth, it is estimated to be around $1m-$3m. His career as one of the top swimmers in the U.S and Olympic champion has certainly worked in his favor.
He has had endorsements and sponsorship deals with major brands, which has further upped his net worth. He has endorsed brands like shamrock farms milk and Adidas swim.
Since he has taken a break from swimming, it is unclear what path he will follow.
Josh and Tiffany began a new chapter in their journey in 2020 when they launched their own wine brand ‘Locale Wines.’ These small-batch wines made in California are organic and sustainably made.
The wines can be brought from this website.
Josh Prenot: Social Media
Facebook: Private Facebook
Twitter: 7,050+ followers
Instagram: 12.4k followers
Josh Prenot: Frequently Asked Questions
Is Josh Prenot retired?
Studying Josh’s recent statements, we can guess he is taking a break from his active career, but we can not assume yet if he will be back on the pool after a year.
Even if he decides to retire fully, he might be active in other roles such as being a trainer and mentor.
Did Josh Prenot go to Tokyo Olympics?
No, he failed to advance to the finals of the U.S Olympic swimming trials, thus missing his opportunity to take part in the Tokyo Olympics.
Does Josh Prenot have a child?
As of now, Josh does not have any children.