SwimSwam Podcast: Lea Maurer on Why Eating Dessert Wins World Titles

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 Lea Maurer (Loveless), a 1992 Olympic champion and the new associate head coach at USC. We talked through Lea’s impressive and extensive aquatic career, both as a championship swimmer and coach. Lea explains why she ended up leaving her dream job as the head coach of the Stanford women in 2012, and why she has now come back to the coaching game under new USC head coach Jeremy Kipp.

By far my favorite story Lea told was from the 1998 World Championships. This was after Lea had missed the 1996 Olympic team and she was getting her masters, and coaching, AND somehow finding time to train as well. Lea made the world champs team and during the meet, teammate Jenny Thompson ate a waffle sundae before her individual swim, the 100 free. After Jenny won the 100 free, the pair was superstitious that the dessert had led to the victory, and continued eating dessert thereafter until Lea’s race, the 100 back, where she too won gold.

Music: Otis McDonald


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Ex swimmer
1 year ago

Loveless not Lovelace – great swim family

1 year ago

Hi, Coleman, great article. I believe Lea’s maiden name is Loveless, not Lovelace.

Positive Energy
1 year ago

So excited for the USC Swimmers to have the benefits of her coaching and mentoring – really enjoyed her interview and hearing of her enthusiasm for the sport. I’m sure it will a little hard for her to embrace the “Fight on” after Fearing the Tree for so many years! But Welcome to the Trojan Family, Lea! And Fight on!

1 year ago

I was skeptical at first but I think I’ve discovered my path to victory! Corona belly for the win!

1 year ago

Wonder if Rex can do 5 pushups ?

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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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