Reed Malone on Realizing Making an Olympic Team Doesn’t Define a Career

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges 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 NCAA Champion, World University Games Champion, and now Swammer Reed Malone. Malone announced his retirement after sustaining a concussion in practice one day, which gave him time to reflect on his career. Reed said the realization that he came to is he was chasing this Olympic dream because, without it, he thought his career would be a failure. Malone was able to reflect on all that he’s accomplished, and more importantly all the relationships he was able to foster through swimming, and hang his goggles up feeling very fulfilled with his time in the sport.


Music: Otis McDonald


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1 year ago

Great person and excellent topic. I swam and then coached my entire life (and luckily) had success along the way. BUT the thing I don’t like about the sport is that when someone says they swam, the first question they ask is if they went to the Olympics? Then second question is if they won a Gold medal? A swimmer is not a “success” if they make the Olympics and not “unsuccessful” if they don’t make them!!! Reed is a great person and swimming helped him to be that person. I think I remember he was captain at USC his sophomore year! That is a leader!

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1 year ago

Wishing Reed all the best in future endeavors. Hell of a career and a great role model/leader for the younger generation. Been a privilege being able to train with him for some of his comeback at NU.

1 year ago

Love the man this past weekend he came to talk to us about finishing off our HS season and what it means competing for NT during championship Szn.

1 year ago

Good for Reed

1 year ago

A living legend. Seeing hime swim at the IHSA state finals at new trier was out of this world

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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