SSPC: Olivia Smoliga Breaks Down Training, Racing in the ISL Bubble

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 ISL Champion and FINIS athlete Olivia Smoliga to get the inside scoop into the Cali Condor secret sauce. Smoliga took us through the entire ISL bubble from start to finish, including the learning curve both physically and emotionally. She also shared her hardest workouts in Budapest as well as the energy in which the condors created to be able to go undefeated throughout the entire season.

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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10 months ago


Mark Nedza
10 months ago

Great interview. Love Olivia. The beard….not so much. Did it take ALL month to grow it? Love the podcasts. Keep it up.

10 months ago

I love you Olivia

Mr Piano
10 months ago

Mel rocking a beard, let’s go

10 months ago

Olivia is an amazing person who transcends our sport. Her story is fascinating and merits a book or movie! Mel – You have grown as a media person in exciting ways. We hope to hear more of your voice, spin on athletes and our sport. Rowdy is fine but does not hold a candle to you. The beard helps define both your voracity and mystery as an athlete and professional – stick with it!!!

Sunny Cal
9 months ago

She looks so different with the dark hair. What happened to her blonde?

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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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