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Woman ghosted Olympic gold medalist on Tinder—but he already had a girlfriend

Is Joseph Schooling the swipe who got away, or just a softboy looking for some play?


Nayomi Reghay

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 15, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 6:22 am CDT

We’ve all had those matches on Tinder where the initial attraction is high. And then, for some reason we just… forget to text back.

Maybe a hot pocket is ready, or a good TV show just came on. Heck, sometimes your thumbs hurt from too much swiping. Mostly it’s no big deal. There are plenty more swipes in the sea.

But when the dude you swiped on turns out to be Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling…

Damn. That’s when the FOMO kicks in real hard.

I mean, look at this guy.

Wait a minute: From the looks of it, he might be taken! @sabwow’s screenshots indicate that they matched on April 7, but by April 27, Schooling was posting some very lovey birthday wishes on Instagram.

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In fact, if you go back far enough, you’ll see that this same girl was his #WCW on February 3.

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And they went to Austin City Limits together in October. 

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A music festival? Hm, that spells r-e-l-a-t-i-o-n-s-h-i-p.

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Maybe their relationship was on the rocks and he was just dipping his toes in the Tinder pond. But it definitely looks like he’s got some explaining to do. Meanwhile, @sabwow has had to defend against some haters.

Though it certainly seems as though other people matched with Schooling:

Whether he’s a catfish or a cheater—sorry girl, better luck next swipe.

H/T The Score

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*First Published: Aug 15, 2016, 5:31 pm CDT