Kathleen Baker Says The Pro Life Can Be Lonely: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

SwimSwam embedded with Speedo during their photo shoot for the release of the new Speedo Fastskin.  There we caught up with Olympic Champion and World Record Holder Kathleen Baker. She is back in the fold with the magic man, Coach David Marsh in La Jolla, California with Team Elite Aquatics.

Coming off of 2018, one of the best seasons of her career, Kathleen’s been transitioning into the pro life.  For any elite, going from a college team atmosphere to the pros isn’t easy. She’s frank about this topic, and it’s clear she was prepared for the change–sober about the transition. She added that while it’s a little lonely, the pro life is very exciting. Moreover, in her words, she has a lot of freedom to just focus on swimming.

Kathleen, a backstroke specialist, competes in one of the most competitive disciplines on the global stage. While challengers in U.S. and from around the world are a threat,  I’m 100% Team Baker.  Aside from the fact that we both swam for the same club (SwimMAC) and coach (Marsh),  I’m bullish on Baker for the cold, hard numbers. Her 58 flat 100m back last summer at U.S. Nationals proved she’s a break-through star.  I’d love to see her break the 58 second barrier at 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.  I also think anything under the 58 barrier tops the podium.

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Coachwithethics
3 years ago

The magic man????? Seriously. The magic people were the coaches that brought Kathleen to the level that she is. I wouldn’t mess with the magic that Coach Marsh uses. You might get burned.

Intrigued
Reply to  Coachwithethics
3 years ago

Sounds like something shady is going down in San Diego…

Steve Irwin
Reply to  Coachwithethics
3 years ago

So true!

iLikePsych
3 years ago

She’s so lucky. She’s a star. But she cry cry cries in her lonely heart thinking, “If there’s no mascara missing in my life, then why do these tears come at night?”

iLikePsych
Reply to  iLikePsych
3 years ago

Also this is a joke, I’m not at all implying she’s shallow. Just look at those fabulous lashes.

Pvdh
3 years ago

It be like that sometimes

swimmerTX
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

It really do

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
3 years ago

I imagine being pro also helps with more specificity and flexibility to manage Crohn’s. Excited to see what her 200 back and IM development does for the last 20m of her 100 back. Kylie Masse is the best back-halfer in the ladies’ 100 back biz but with the right pacing and positioning, Baker could hold her off. . .

Hswimmer
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
3 years ago

Smoliga will be right up there this summer

JTthejet
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

I think you misspelled Regan Smith

Bearly Breathing
3 years ago

I volunteer to keep her company.

Swimnerd
Reply to  Bearly Breathing
3 years ago

Slight creep but to each their own

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
3 years ago

Shake n Bake will give you a 58 flat and she will give you lashes! Love it!

William Wallace
3 years ago

The loud dubstep is a nice touch to go along with the interview.

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

LOL!

ytho
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

I like it

markster
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

Keep it

DRUKSTOP
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

It’s iconic now

CheddaShredda
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

Dubstep is great man! I love it

Dubstep is life
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

No Mel check out Zeds Dead and Slander if you love dubstep:)

William Wallace
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

I meant it when I said it was nice touch.

Ervin
3 years ago

Obviously she went pro but did she finish her degree early? or is she just putting it off?

longseeker
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

Well, we miss her in Berkeley and that wonderful smile. Wish her the best and thank her for her immense contributions to Cal and to the collegiate scene.

Ervin
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

So still graduated early? She would be on track to graduate in May otherwise…either way congrats on to her on the next chapter!

Admin
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

She’s finishing up writing her thesis from San Diego this semester and will graduate in May

1988s
Reply to  Torrey Hart
3 years ago

A thesis for an undergraduate degree? Probably not.

Admin
Reply to  1988s
3 years ago

Seeing as I’m 50 pages into my own as a senior in college, can confirm that that is, unfortunately, a thing we do in undergrad 🙂

Admin
Reply to  Torrey Hart
3 years ago

And, I’m currently in Savannah, and daily am in coffee shops working next to SCAD students who are working on theirs. So, seems to be bicoastal.

Ellie Stokes
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

I think it depends on the degree, I’m at a UC as a senior and I’m not required to write a thesis.

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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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