Olivia Smoliga Breaks Down Her 8 SC Worlds Gold Medals: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Olympic and World Champion Olivia Smoliga had a record breaking Short Course World Championships last month in China, bringing home eight gold medals. Although six of her gold medals came from swimming on Team USA relays, the backstroke star did sweep the sprints, winning the 50scm and the 100scm.

A dramatic point in the eight-medal haul was Olivia’s lead off on the 4×50 mixed medley relay in finals, pitting her against six of the world’s best men. Olivia felt the wake of the men on the turn, stayed focused, and delivered for Team USA. Short Course Worlds was clearly a big, breakout moment for Olivia, a massive boost to her confidence heading into the 2019 Long Course World Championship in Korea.

QUESTION: How will Olivia perform at LC World Championships this summer? Women’s 100m backstroke, especially on Team USA, is tough. World record holder Kathleen Baker is out of college focused on going sub 58. For Olivia, sitting on a 58.75 PB,  I think anything under 58.3-4 is a solid step up for her.  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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3 years ago

I really enjoy hearing Olivia Smoliga in interviews. She always has a really excited, positive energy & many good things to say about swimming in general. And I think Chase Kalisz would say she’d be even happier and do even better if she’d just eat more steak. 🙂

Ice Age Swimmer
3 years ago

Caeleb: Ask her out now!!!

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3 years ago

He has a girlfriend

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3 years ago


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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