How Olympic Medalist Katie McLaughlin Epitomizes Perseverance

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.

2020 Olympic medalist and Team Speedo athlete, Katie McLaughlin, epitomizes perseverance. She’s been an elite swimmer since she was 16 years old, a fast rising age group star who earned four medals at the 2013 World Junior Championships. She followed up with strong performances at the 2014 Pan Pacs and 2015 World Championships. Landing at Cal her freshman year, swim-fans expected a clear path onto the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team, but a tragic accident during Cal’s winter training camp halted that Olympic dream.

Katie unpacks the injury, her recovery, and her long road back to being a force on Team USA. Katie’s got a swimming-range. She could be a threat on the world-stage in several events, but the 4×200 free relay is where she’s currently the most dangerous. She has delivered 1:55 splits, the second fastest legs on the 4×200 relays, at the 2018 Pan Pacifiic Championships, 2019 World Championships and 2020 Olympic Games.

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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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6 months ago

Go Katie! Go bears!! You rock.

6 months ago

That was awesome. I came for the story on the injury, but I stayed for the whole interview. Katie is fun to listen to, and Mel said just enough to keep her talking. Thumbs up!

6 months ago

Yes! Katie McLaughlin is such an example to every swimmer. She’s been on and off the national team since 2014, when she was only in high school. It’s been so incredible following her journey to become an Olympic medalist. I feel like there’s only more to come in the next three years.

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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