Kathleen Baker World Record Goal Setter: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Olympic champion, world champion and world record holder Kathleen Baker is the best goal setter I’ve met. I’m sure a lot of athletes do what she does, but 99% don’t, and they should.

Got a phone? Set an alarm with your goal time. Kathleen’s is set for 8pm every night.  You might think she would’ve given up on her phone-alarm goal-reminder after not reaching one of her goal-times for over 1,000 days, but she stuck with it. That’s how you become a world record holder–that and a lot work. At the very least, you’ll stay focused and inch your swimming career (academic or business career) further.

Kathleen’s 58 flat 100m back woke up a lot fans at U.S. Nationals. Turning pro shortly thereafter was a bit of a surprise, but it makes sense.  Kathleeen will continue to train at Cal while finishing her undergrad, but I think she will stay connected with her old coach David Marsh at Team Elite Aquatics as well, a proven formula, as she zeros-in on 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.

QUESTION: Is there a better way in the digital age to set goals than with an iPhone alert?


200 Back – I think Kathleen wins, but I could see Regan Smith breaking through as well. It’s a tough call, but I see both of them in the 205.5 range.

100 Back – Kathleen rides the confidence wave to a 57.9, another world record, with Canada’s  Kylie Masse  close on her heels.

What do you think?

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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Wow, I didn’t realize coach Marsh and Kathleen have been a team for that long! You can see how much he admires and cares about her in his interview and how much she trusts his ability to help her reach her goals. For a swimming fan, that’s a beautiful thing to witness! Congratulations to them both!


I see her also lowering her own WR pushed by Masse !! Smith rising curve is so impressive that i would not be surprised if she gets second on the 200 back 57.89 for Baker 58.05 for Masse


Absolutely inspirational to see Baker strive through her Crohn’s Disease and set a world record! It’s an absolutely terrible condition that can leave many hospitalized, even. I have ulcerative colitis myself (short story: similar to Crohn’s, less severe) and when I found out Baker was a world class swimmer with Crohn’s it really pushed me to finish my senior year strong against the odds. To see her now setting a long-course WR is truly incredible to witness!


IMHO it is very strange for a swimmer to use a gastrointestinal disorder as a marketing tool..

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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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