SSPC: Claire Adams on Processing the Loss of her Olympic Dream

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 Claire Adams, the University of Texas NCAA All-American who announced her retirement from swimming this past summer. Adams discusses her time at Texas and hits on the big learning curve she went through to make her senior season in particular so special. She also delves into her high school days at Carmel Swim Club in Indiana.

Specifically, we discuss her 2016 Olympic Trials, a meet that heading into, she was a top contender to make the US Olympic team. However, she broke her hand days before the competition and wasn’t able to match her top form. Adams sifts through the huge loss this was in her life and what it took to bounce back from that.

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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14 days ago

Claire has always been a great role model, reflecting perseverance and humility at the highest level. Glad to hear that she is doing well and achieving outside of the pool.

Andrew Lardieri
14 days ago

Great podcasts, keep ’em coming!

14 days ago

Wow! What an amazing interview Claire gave. Very insightful. I was like Coleman, and was so happy for her senior year, especially her kick butt big 12’a. Was anticipating even more things at NCAA sand trials. So I was surprised and disappointed as a swim fan. But as a swAmmer, I get it, and it make a lot of sense. Props to her for honesty and a honest discussion of the mental challenges of loss etc. Man, I had a ton of respect for Claire the swimmer but even more now for Claire the person. How cool that she is going to teach 2nd graders?

An amazing young woman!

About Coleman Hodges

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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