He's the 21-year-old who took out the triple crown to headline the swimming team at Rio, but Cameron McEvoy really just wants to go to NASA.
The aspiring physicist -- who wore a swimming cap printed with gravitational waves at the Olympic swimming trials -- proved he was more than a good sport on The Project on Tuesday night when Peter Hellier asked him to choose between going to NASA and Rio Olympics.
But McEvoy didn't go with his gut, using statistics instead. After his eyes lit up and the 21-year-old proclaimed no one had ever asked him such a question, McEvoy warned The Project panellists "this is my analytical side coming through".
"Looking into the future, the odds of me going to another Olympics, maybe aside from Tokyo, I'm not sure, but past that it's pretty much next to nothing," McEvoy said.
"So looking at those odds and comparing them to some potential odds of where I would like to be in the future -- say 10 to 20 years from now -- the odds of working for NASA are slightly higher than they would be at racing for another Games. So I'd probably have to choose the Olympics, just based off statistics."
Okay, so he chose the Olympics over NASA but it's pretty clear he wants both.
"That pulse on my cap is the detection signal when two super massive black holes collided & made space time ripple." pic.twitter.com/Vjyfp2ErD1— Reece Homfray (@reecehomfray) April 9, 2016
Not long after the entire panel was left in stitches, Carrie Bickmore interjected to ask whether chlorine killed urine in the pool.
"Wait, do I urinate in the pool?" McEvoy asked, followed by more laughter.
If the 21-year-old is as much of a hit at Rio as he was on The Project, he could be making Aussie history. McEvoy has the potential to become the first Aussie swimmer to win six medals at a single Games.
We'd like to hear his odds on that.Suggest a correction