Rebecca Soni, Caroline Burckle on Mental Wellness Vs. Mental Fortitude

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.

We sat down with Olympic icons and RISE Athlete Co-Founders Caroline Burckle and Rebecca Soni to speak about mental wellness vs. mental fortitude, especially as it relates to the US Olympic Trials and Olympic Games. Burckle and Soni both speak candidly about their experiences at both competitions and how, although they did have outlets to express their emotions in one way or another during their swimming careers, they wish there had been more of a conversation about mental wellness 10 years ago. Through RISE, Burckle and Soni are providing current athletes with mentors that will have the conversations relating to mental health and emotional awareness that the 2 Olympians missed out on.
You can visit RISE Athletes here.


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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1 year ago

Just came to send appreciation to Rebecca Soni. Honestly a pioneer communicator, tough athlete and advocate. Ahead of her times then and now and that has zero to do with her actual swimming. She’s so beyond. I just rewatched the 2BR final from Beijing in honor. never quit. Keep shining Soni. The North east misses you.

cynthia curran
1 year ago

Outside of going to some person that deals with depression and so forth, books like Tera Bradham Swimming for Freedom certainly help in seeing swimming or sports in a different light. Tera was sideline somewhat by a shoulder injury at age 12 where she was once one of the top age group swimmers. She almost made her goal of Olympic trials cuts but had 3 surgeries do to the injury at age 12 that may or may not have prevented her goal.

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