How to watch Caeleb Dressel at the Olympics: Schedule, channels and more

How to watch Caeleb Dressel at Tokyo Olympics
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Caeleb Dressel is the gold medal shark is swimming in the waters at the Tokyo Olympics. Yes, the Team USA swimmer is looking to add to the two gold medals he's already taken, hunting for two more before the Olympic games conclude.

Caeleb Dressel Olympics key dates and times

Men's 100m Butterfly Semifinal 2: Tonight @ 9:35 p.m. ET
Men's 50m Freestyle Heat 10: Friday, July 30 @ 6:20 a.m. ET.
Full schedule below.
• U.S. — Stream live on or Peacock, watch also on NBC via Sling or Fubo.TV
• U.K. — Watch on Discovery+
• Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

Dressel came into the Tokyo Olympics as one of Team USA's brightest stars and has not disappointed fans. He won the first individual Olympic gold medal of his career in the 100-meter freestyle — and set an Olympic record doing so.

The 24-year-old swimmer, who hails from Green Cove Springs in Florida, specializes in freestyle and butterfly. He holds the world records in his last two Tokyo Olympics events, the 100m butterfly and the 50m freestyle.

Here's everything you need to watch Caeleb Dressel at the Tokyo Olympics, including the remaining schedule of events.

How to watch Caeleb Dressel at the Tokyo Olympics from anywhere in the world

The Olympics is a global event and can be viewed in almost every country on Earth. However, if you're not in your home country and can't watch Caeleb Dressel's Tokyo Olympics' swimming events with your usual services — or you want to watch in your native language — you're not out of luck. 

With a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. 

Not sure which VPN is right for you? We've tested many different services and our pick for the best VPN overall is ExpressVPN. It offers superb speeds and excellent customer service. But you've got other VPN options as well.


We think speed, security and simplicity make ExpressVPN second to none. During our tests, we saw fast connection times, and we're impressed by the service's ability to access more than 3,000 services spread out across 160 locations in 94 countries. Plus, its 30-day money-back guarantee is a good perk.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to your website or streaming service of choice and tune in.

How to watch Caeleb Dressel at the Tokyo Olympics live in the US

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Watching Caeleb Dressel's swimming events from the Tokyo Olympics live is easy — though you'll have to wake up early for at least one of them. Check out the full schedule below, starting with the Men's 100m Butterfly semifinal today (Thursday, July 29) at 9:35 p.m. ET.

Your best bet for watching Dressel live is, though it require a cable or streaming service login. Coverage on Peacock may include live streaming of various swimming matches as well as nightly highlights. 

Gold medal finals will be broadcast either live or on tape delay on NBC.

You can get NBC with the $35 per month Sling TV Blue package, which also comes with NBCSN and USA. The Olympic Channel is also available as a $11 per month add-on. 

Sling is one of the best streaming services alongside our other recommendation for Olympics viewing: Fubo TV, which has 100-plus channels (many more than Sling), including all of the above networks. 


In addition to the Olympics live streams, Peacock also has huge library of licensed content drawn from various brands. That includes shows like 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.

Sling TV:
Cheaper Live TV

Sling TV: You can get NBC, USA and NBCSN in the Sling Blue package, which is $35/month — plus the Olympic Channel in the Sports Extra package ($11 per month extra).

Fubo TV 7-day free trial

Fubo TV has NBC, USA, NBCSN and the Olympic Channel all its base $65 per month package. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front. Fubo's dozens of channels include local networks like ABC. 

How to watch Caeleb Dressel at the Tokyo Olympics in the UK

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To watch every event live in the UK, Brits will want to subscribe to Discovery Plus, which is offering full coverage of Tokyo 2020.

Discovery is currently offering a three-day free trial of the service, with full subscriptions available for £6.99/month or £29.99/year after that. Plus, the service is available to stream through a multitude of devices include Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV and apps for iOS and Android.

The BBC iPlayer has been the go-to source for all Olympics coverage for those in the U.K., but things have changed.

The BBC no longer has the monopoly on Olympics coverage in the U.K., after the IOC sold the main European rights to the Discovery network. As a result, the BBC's coverage, though still good, is limited to no more than two live events at one time. 

Americans abroad who want to watch Caeleb Dressel swim can just use the service of their choice, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

How to watch Caeleb Dressel at the Tokyo Olympics live in Canada

How to watch Caeleb Dressel at the Tokyo Olympics live in Canada

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Details about watching Caeleb Dressel live in Canada are a bit thin. Sportsnet, CBC and TSN are sharing coverage of the Olympics, and so we've got some, but not all, of the info you may need.

Again, Americans visiting their friends in the great white north could just use Peacock, Sling, Fubo and other services, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

How to watch Caeleb Dressel at the Tokyo Olympics live in Australia

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Down Under, Aussies can watch swimming events for free on the 7Plus network's streaming service — which has practically everything in the Olympics. Just add 14 hours to the Eastern times listed below to figure out when games start in AEST. 

Currently out of the country? Use ExpressVPN to access your paid-for services.

Caeleb Dressel Tokyo Olympics schedule

Dressel has already competed in (and won the gold medal) the Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay and the Men's 100m Freestyle. He has two events remaining: Men's 100m Butterfly and Men's 50m Freestyle.

Here's the schedule (assuming Dressel moves past preliminary rounds):

Men's 100m Butterfly - Semifinal 2: Thursday, July 29 @ 9:35 p.m. ET 

Men's 50m Freestyle - Heat 10: Friday, July 30 @ 6:20 a.m. ET

Men's 100m Butterfly - Final: Friday July 30 @ 9:30 p.m. ET

Men's 50m Freestyle - Semifinal: Starting Friday, July 30 @ 10:11 p.m. ET

Men's 50m Freestyle - Final: Saturday @ 9:30 p.m. ET

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.