Olympic Star Aaron Peirsol Talks Ryan Murphy and The Elite U.S. Backstroke Club

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.

Aaron Peirsol has seven Olympic medals and still holds the 200 backstroke world record, 1;51.9. He has wisdom and insight to share. He unpacks that in this SwimSwam podcast, a part of our ongoing Olympic coverage bringing you stars to provide a deeper point of view on each and every event.  Peirsol details the United States’ long successful history in backstroke, going back to the 1976 Olympic Games and John Naber. Peirsol also allows us into their tight, inner-circle. They talk, they lean on each other, and they provide support to the next rising star…whoever that may be.  I hope you enjoy it. Peirsol is great company and conversation on any topic.


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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Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

Legend of the sport and so cool guy. Big fan of Peirsol.

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 month ago

….such a nice guy, easy company, and good conversation. He’s in Hawaii, up with the sun at 6am to have a chat. From my experience, the more time you spend with him, the nuggets of wisdom shakeout. His swim IQ is off the charts.

1 month ago

Great conversation. Even better perspectives on the burdens these athletes are carrying.

Also, Pierson is aging like a fine wine. What a cutie. 😍

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  HOYA13
1 month ago

ha….agreed, re: fine wine…

1 month ago

I had the pleasure of meeting him in passing one time, and I always wanted to be able to sit down with him and just talk. He seems like a really good man.

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  mcmflyguy
1 month ago

He’s pure zen…..a rare magical human-being….

1 month ago

Loved this point from 25:50:

“it’s good to root for the people you’re competing against… think about what it is to be a good sport… you’re bringing out the best in yourself but you’re asking those around you to bring out the best in themselves too… that should make you better, that shouldn’t make you fearful…”

one of several great moments in here, thanks fellas.

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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