Olympian Leah Smith Is Dangerous: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

After missing most of the fall and winter seasons, 2017 World Champ powerhouse Leah Smith was back at the Mesa Pro Swim.  She notched several wins and some solid in-seaons:

  • 200 free – 1:59.1
  • 400 free – 4:07
  • 800 free – 8:31

Leah Smith, Katie Ledecky – 2016 Olympic Games in Rio -courtesy of simone castrovillari

Leah moved from Virginia to Arizona, following her coach Cory Chitwood, and she’s been MIA so long  (missing the last two Pro Swim competitions), swim fans may have been wondering if she was still on track.  Clearly she is, and she’s dangerous. Over the last two years Leah’s shown she’s a force in the sport.

With the high stakes this summer at U.S. Nationals  (Team USA selections for the 2018 Pan Pac and 2019 World Champ squads), how fast will Leah swim?  Based on the last two years, I think she’ll pop a PB in at least one event.  I don’t know which.  I’d love to see a PB in the 800m free, anything under 8:15, and I’d like to see a 1:55 low 200 free.  400m free is the barrier.  Can she dip under four minutes? Can she put more pressure on swim-star and teammate Katie Ledecky?  What do you think?

You can follow Leah Smith on Twitter here.

Follow her on Instagram here. 


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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Years of Plain Suck

As always, Mel, a job well done. Speaking of “dangerous,” here is the real danger:



hi all, very unrelated but looking for some advice – my daughters are swammers and we figured out we have about a dozen gently-used or like-new practice suits. I think some may be more or less brand-new though are without tags to prove it. is there a good way to donate these suits to someone in need? local y or a swimming outreach program or the like? would hate for them to go to waste especially since buying practice suits can be so expensive and burdensome to some families, but am no longer in a swimming community so I don’t know anyone personally. thank you!


Maybe you could reach out to your local YMCA or Boys & Girls Club. Or perhaps the Make a Splash Foundation at USAS could give you some direction. Love what you are trying to do!


Relevant to the video from Leah’s twitter:

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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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