4x Olympic Medalist Summer Sanders on Celebrating Every Color of Your Medals

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

SUMMER SANDERS’  star burns bright. She’s been intimate with the Olympic experience since she earned her four Olympic medals back in 1992. Summer has been to nearly every Olympic Games, summer and winter, since her ’92 star-turn as a network commentator and/or ambassador.  We sat down with Summer to get her perspective on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and she had a lot of wisdom to share. Summer even put her Swim Nerd cap on regarding the 4×100 mixed medley relay–about which a lot of Team USA Olympic Alumni have had much to say. Thanks to Summer for dropping in on the SwimSwam podcast. You can follow Summer on Instagram  @summersanders_ 


Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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Miss M
1 year ago

I remember watching Summer swim in ‘92 and in the 200 fly willing Susie to hang on, but unable to be sad when she won!

I’ve always found it a weird thing when the media lead with “You must be disappointed” when someone has swum a PB and won a silver or bronze medal.

In Australia it has often felt like it’s gold or worthless, which is really not a helpful way to frame things.

1 year ago

Is it bad that I associate her more with “Figure it Out” than with swimming lol

Reply to  Ervin
1 year ago

Ha. Same, but I think that maybe speaks to our age more than anything.

Sam B
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

babies 🙂

Awsi Dooger
1 year ago

I was there in 1992 when Summer won. She did look more relieved than overjoyed. But keep in mind the situational influence: the United States women were losing one tight individual race after another in those Games. It was seemingly happening every day. I haven’t listened to the interview. Not sure if Summer mentioned all the close silvers. It was driving me nuts outdoors in that heat. Whenever a race was coming down to the touch I was pessimistic, knowing it would likely happen again. And it did…until Summer finally broke through in the butterfly. That was very late in the swimming competition, if I remember correctly. Things get fuzzy after three decades. But I have some memory of seeing… Read more »

cynthia curran
1 year ago

Talking about color barriers is diver Sammy Lee. I don’t know what brought Sammy Lee from LA county where there were some Asian people to Orange County were it was white people from the Midwest and south with some Mexican people or a few Japan people. It could be because they needed doctors fast population growth in the 1950’s or cheaper housing. He was block from buying a home in Garden Grove and end up in Anaheim. Well, someone talk him into a swim school and he coached Bos Webster a gold medalist in diving in 1960.

1 year ago

Great interview by Summer Sanders. Great emphasis on mental health and post Olympic Blue. THANK YOU!

I felt bad to hear about her “relived” experience winning the Gold Medal, instead of “feeling of Joy.” So much expectation being put on the athletes. That is just unfair.

Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

Everyone wants to win. There is only one winner (except when a tie occurs). That is fact. Anything less is less than the best. The sky is blue, gravity is real and winners are winners!

Old Retired Guy
1 year ago

Congratulations, Summer Sanders..!!

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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