A lot has been written about this young athlete but here are some facts you might not know about Tatler's June 2021 cover star

Joseph Isaac Schooling is arguably one of Singapore's most successful and notable athletes. After winning Singapore’s first and only Olympic gold in 2016, he shot to instant fame and very quickly became one of the country's darlings. 

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Since his big win, Schooling has participated in a number of swimming competitions including the 2019 SEA Games where he was beat by his teammate, Darren Chua in the men's 100m freestyle. Schooling took home second place at the competition and faced a lot of criticism about him losing his edge.

Schooling has since been preparing for the Tokyo Olympics which were supposed to be held in 2020 but has been postponed to 2021 in light of the pandemic. Covid-19 essentially bought him an extra year of preparing for the competition which Schooling is certainly grateful for considering the many changes he has had to face with the closure of pools and having to leave the United States to come back to Singapore when the borders closed. 

This month, Schooling is the cover star of Tatler's June 2021 issue and it's safe to say we were excited to catch up with the young athlete. But first, keep reading to find out everything you didn't know about him.

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1. He was awarded $1 million for his Olympic gold medal