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EXCLUSIVE: Caeleb Dressel returns to United States, reunites with family in New York after winning gold in Tokyo

Jeannie Blaylock got to interview Dressel from Rockefeller Plaza just after he appeared on the Today Show.

NEW YORK — It's not every day you get the chance to interview a gold medal Olympian fresh off the plane from Tokyo, but that's exactly what Jeannie Blaylock did Tuesday morning from Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

Caeleb Dressel reunited with his family in New York and interviewed live with the hosts of the Today Show. But he also took some time to chat with Jeannie.

He told her more about what it feels like to win five gold medals in Tokyo. He also shared the story of how he proposed to his now wife, Meghan. Watch below to hear the story!

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On Today, Dressel revealed that he kept his medals in his carry-on bag as he made his way back to the United States. He also shared some poignant moments with Meghan and his parents, with his mom telling him she misses taking him to swim practices and meets at 3:30 in the morning.

"We ran up, it was very emotional," Meghan Dressel said. "Many tears this week, happy tears."

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The Today Show gifted Dressel his three post-Tokyo wish list items: a Star Wars LEGO set, a cowboy hat and a fanny pack.

"This is me, America," Dressel said, donning the cowboy hat. He said he hopes to do it all again in three years at the Paris Olympics.

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