Olympic Star Summer Sanders Swimming Wisdom: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

In this Gold Medal Minute takeover of the SwimSwam Podcast we have Olympic swimming icon and television star Summer Sanders.

Summer was the most decorated swimmer of the 1992 Olympic Games, earning four medals, two gold, one sliver, and a bronze. At that time she was the first female to make the U.S. Olympic Team in four individual events since Shirley Babashoff did it back in 1976.

At Stanford University Summer won nine NCAA Titles and helped the Cardinal to an NCAA Team Title in only two years. She gave up her eligibility after her sophomore year.  (We didn’t say turning pro back then.)

Summer’s career burned white-hot. She accomplished a great deal in a very small window, one quad, 1988-92.  The big moment, the ah hah moment, came at the tender age of 15 when she got 3rd at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400 IM. From that one point forward Summer medaled at all international events representing Team USA.

While Summer gained fame at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, her star really rose throughout her 25-year TV career.  Her credits are too long to list, but she’s worked with nearly everyone, CBS, ESPN, NBC, MSNBC, FOX SPORTS, MTV, etc..  However, I think her biggest fans grew out of her Nickelodeon show FIGURE IT OUT. What do you think? 

In this podcast we cover a lot of ground, but I’d like to hear from you for future episodes.


I think Summer will return to the podcast if we can cover some interesting topics. What would you like to ask Summer?

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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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10 months ago

Next time you bring her on, ask her about Sandblast, the physical game show she hosted for MTV. Summer has a natural warmth that draws everyone to her, and she has the best stories.

10 months ago

I remember watching Summer’s 400 IM at the Barcelona and the commentator asked her how she felt at the end having just set an American record. Her answer was “I no longer fear childbirth.” I’ve always wanted to ask her after she had kids if she stood by that statement. And let her know I thought of that comment often while racing the 400IM myself for years afterwards.

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10 months ago

A couple of years ago I heard her say something to the effect of “a hard 400IM is more painful than childbirth.”

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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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