Susie O’Neill Answers Katie Ledecky’s Got Milk Challenge By Balancing Glass of Beer During Swim

Susie O'Neill (AUS) 1996 Olympics by Tim Morse (1)
Susie O'Neill in 1996. Photo Courtesy: Tim Morse / Swimming World Archive

Australian Olympic gold medalist Susie O’Neill took Katie Ledecky’s Got Milk Challenge” on social media on Tuesday, but added her own special twist to the challenge. Ledecky, winner of four individual Olympic gold medals, swam an entire 50 long course meters with a glass of chocolate milk on her head. O’Neill, having been retired for two decades now, attempted to swim 25 meters while balancing a glass of beer.

O’Neill, who just turned 47 two days ago, nearly swam the full 25 meters before spilling the glass in the pool, but ended up drinking the rest of the glass while at the wall. O’Neill is the first swimmer we have seen attempt Ledecky’s challenge that went viral on social media Monday night.

Susie O’Neill’s swim can be seen below:

Ledecky’s swim that has amassed almost 2 million views:

Susie O’Neill has won eight Olympic medals in her career, culminating with the gold medal in the 200 butterfly in 1996 as well as a gold in the 200 freestyle in front of her home fans in Sydney in 2000. She was the heavy favorite to win back to back gold medals in the 200 butterfly in 2000 as she broke one of the longest standing records in the sport earlier in the year, swimming a 2:05.81 to top Mary T. Meagher’s 19-year-old record at the time. But O’Neill was upstaged in the Sydney final by American Misty Hyman in one of the most famous Olympic moments in the history of our sport.

Nonetheless, O’Neill is regarded as one of the best Australian swimmers in history and one of the best 200 butterflyers in history, taking a bronze in our latest “League of Olympic Swim Legends” series last week. She also took a bronze in the 200 fly in 1992 and won four additional medals on relays in 1996 and 2000.


  1. Mary Jo Pursley

    Yup that would be an Aussie’s response HaHa !

  2. Chelsea Brewer

    Dusty DeRycke more like my kinda drill

    • Charles-Lee Howard

      Karen Coyle Dietrick Katie’s swim was smoother but still awesome

    • Karen Coyle Dietrick

      Charles-Lee Howard Katie is on another level with or without a drink on her head!

  3. Jan Goodyear

    Terri Vruggink Paulette Turner see what the Aussies do it with!

    • Paulette Turner

      Jan Goodyear I love it! I bet we could get the guys to do this if it is beer!!

    • Jan Goodyear

      Paulette Turner I’m sure we could.

  4. Rich Davis

    Yeah, but Ledecky is still in training, so chocolate milk only. ?

  5. Hannah Meyer

    Heidi Ann Walker Steve Sponagle Challenge Accepted.