Katja Dedekind on Chasing 3rd Paralympics, Why Swimmers are Adrenaline Junkies

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.

Katja Dedekind is a 2x Paralympian, 2x Para world champion, and Para Commonwealth Games champion. Competing in the S13 (visually impaired) classification, Katja has racked up numerous accolades over her career which started when she was just 15. Dedekind discusses having a pro career, choosing swimming over goalball, and why swimmers are adrenaline junkies.

  • 0:00 Katja Dedekind Introduction
  • 1:50 Why Swimmers Are Adrenaline Junkies
  • 8:05 Becoming a Sprinter
  • 12:20 Playing Goal Ball
  • 16:09 Having a Pro Career in Swimming
  • 22:00 Training in an Olympic Year
  • 26:34 Separating Swimming from Humanity


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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Joshua Liendo-Edwards-Smith
1 month ago

I’ve actually met Katja. She is incredible.

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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