SwimSwam Podcast: David Marsh on How Small Changes Turn to Gold Medals

On SwimSwam Podcast, we’re giving you an in-depth listen at all things swimming. Host Coleman Hodges welcomes guests and guest co-hosts alike to get perspective on our ever-changing swimming universe and break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with 2016 Olympic head coach David Marsh and picked his brain on how small changes can make huge differences, especially when you want them to. Marsh has a history of working with athletes for a very short amount of time and it making a big difference.

This first started with none other than SwimSwam Co-founder Mel Stewart, as Mel went to train with Marsh for 8 weeks in the summer of 1990. Marsh made technical changes with Mel, and the next January in 1991, Mel broke his first world record in the 200 fly in 1:55.69.

Marsh goes in-depth about other athletes he’s trained to success, including Cullen Jones, who was a toss-up to make the 2008 Olympic team heading into Trials, but who stormed his way onto the team in the 4×100 free relay.

Music: Otis McDonald

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Woke Stasi
1 year ago

Thoroughly enjoyable. Edifying as well! Nice to hear Marsh give shoutouts to Richard Quick and Bill Boomer. At the 31’ mark, he mentions swimmers getting more “man-strength.” A month ago, Michael Andrew mentioned that one benefit (for him) of delaying the Olympics a year was that he’d have more “man-strength.” Probably true. I wonder what specific “small things” Marsh could do with MA if he had him for 8 weeks.

Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 year ago

interesting…. I bet MA and his dad would do a training camp with Marsh.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 year ago

they live a few miles from each other, sounds very doable

1 year ago

Speaking of coaching someone in a short time frame to new heights, in 08 Marsh coached the D3 champion in the 50 from 2003 to a 20th place finish at Olympic Trials with only 5 months of training.

Bob Rice
1 year ago

Podcast was awesome! More about Mel & less about Coach Marsh

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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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