Swimming From Home: Matt Biondi on “Dash for Cash”, Swimmers Alliance

We are all trying to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic as best we can. Staying at home and not socializing is not an easy task for anyone, and keeping a swimmer out of the pool is equally antagonizing. Therefore, SwimSwam is starting the Swimming From Home Talk Show, where host Coleman Hodges speaks with the swimming community about how they’re coping with our current goggle-less reality.

Matt Biondi has always been a huge proponent of swimmers earning money throughout history. This started when Biondi was a competitor himself, and now as a member of the Athlete’s Alliance, he looks to band swimmers together in order to negotiate for fair pay. Biondi talks about the process of building this alliance, as well as the turning point for him in his 7-medal 1988 Olympic Games and the “Dash for Cash” race that himself and Tom Jager were apart of.

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2 years ago

Here is the video from the Iowa City “Dash for Cash” held at the 1990 NJO West. Video credit goes to my dad, Bill Nordmann. https://youtu.be/FyhjVm671Hk

Trixie
2 years ago

I wish the interviewer would have asked about his involvement in BALCO and his association with Victor Conte (Van Dyken as well). It’s sealed testimony, but it’s definitely there!

Waldo Moncada
2 years ago

I feel that the interviewer is way underprepared. He should have a series of questions that guide the interview smoothly. It seems he is just winging it… He didn’t even know what the dash for cash was. I feel it is disrespectful for Biondi to be interviewed by a guy with no preparation at all.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Waldo Moncada
2 years ago

we all know u could have done better …..lol

Waldo Moncada
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

This is not about me, its a job like any other. You prepare for it.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Waldo Moncada
2 years ago

But have you seen his pancake reviews?

Olympian
2 years ago

YESSS!! Athletes need to take control.

Bevo
2 years ago

If we can recall, one of the first “dash for cash” events was in the deep end of Belmont Plaza during one of the USC Winter Invites in the 80’s…I think that’s where we had to exit the building and re-enter. Both Tom and Matt were post grads if I remember correctly. I believe ticket proceeds helped pay for the pool rental. Hard to believe it was 30+ years ago…

Wuhan Jimmy
2 years ago

Great stuff. Everyone loves Biondi! Nice to see that Coleman has his hair pulled back; in his earlier interviews with some of the female swimmers, he had his hair down and it seemed like he was competing with the ladies. 🙂

Wuhan Jimmy
Reply to  Wuhan Jimmy
2 years ago

I sat in front of Matt at one of the evening sessions of the 1996 US Olympic Trials at Indy. He was very friendly and seemed quite comfortable with himself (sitting in the stands and not down in the water competing for another Olympic berth). I told him that he was my second favorite American gold medal winner of the men’s 100 free — next to Don Schollander. I was being a wise ass but he thought that was funny!

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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