SSPC: Mack Horton on Perfecting a Race Plan to Win Olympic Gold

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.

I sat down with Olympic champion and distance machine, Mack Horton. Mack is one of the most relaxed guys I’ve had the pleasure of talking to, often cracking jokes and laughing throughout the interview. He’s also able to laugh at himself quite a bit, admitting where he’s made mistakes during his long swimming journey.

We dissect and discuss and myriad of topics, including preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games (and his subsequent victory in the 400m free), his thoughts on ISL, distance training with Gregorio Paltrinieri, why he won’t be swimming the 1500 competitively anymore, and his reaction to Sun Yang getting handed an 8-year doping suspension.

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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Coach Mike 1952
2 months ago

Great, fun & informative interview. Thank you SwimSwam. Like Coleman, I was not expecting Mack’s answer about Sun Yang, but it is excellent. Keep at it Mack!

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2 months ago


2 months ago

congrats on content like this. Met his parents once. They were just lovely too.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Aussieone
2 months ago

Agreed! Swimmers are a world community, underappreciated for all the dedication & L O N G hours they put in. SwimSwam & especially content like this helps us appreciate ourselves & each other & the journey. And a special shout out to Coleman, which I didn’t do yesterday, so making it right now.

Last edited 2 months ago by Coach Mike 1952
1 month ago

So many platform choices and yet no pocketcast.

Reply to  Cme
1 month ago

Our podcast is, in fact, available on Pocketcast!

We’re on pretty much every English-language platform that we know of. If there are any that you are aware of that we aren’t on, please let us know and we’ll get there!

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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