Winning Life’s Gold Medal: Ten Valuable Life lessons from the Olympic Games

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.

Gary Hall Sr. is swimming royalty, a 3-time Olympian, U.S. Olympic Team Captain, Olympic Flag Bearer, father of a 10-time Olympic medalist (Gary Hall Jr.), World Record Holder, former President of the U.S. Olympians Association and the Head Coach / Chief Executive of the famous enterprise known globally as THE RACE CLUB (hyperlink: https://theraceclub.com

Olympic icon Gary Hall Sr. makes me feel lazy—in the most positive way. He is a reminder of how to live your life daily with purpose. Case in point, during the pandemic Gary didn’t lose time. He made the most of the lockdown by penning his book – “Winning Life’s Gold Medal: Ten Valuable Life lessons from the Olympic Games” – available NOW as an eBook on AMAZON (hyperlink:  https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Lifes-Gold-Medal-Valuable-ebook/dp/B08S9ZYJM7)

Gary’s book is a must-have. It is a focused narrative and quick read. Each lesson is delivered with wisdom that only comes from experience and threadbare vulnerability.  His book is memoir-esque, detailing intimate, behind-the-scenes stories.  Most of Gary’s wisdom is from his life in and out of the pool.  The stories are his own personal experiences from three Olympic Games, and they cover some of his son’s, like the first time Gary Hall Jr.’s met Alexander Popov in the READY ROOM.

Music: Otis McDonald
www.otismacmusic.com

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Guerra
1 month ago

I’m looking forward to listening to this interview with the legendary Indiana Hoosier and great man, Gary Hall Sr. Doc, Gary and his Indiana teammates were rock stars when you saw them in person. He stood out during a magical time. I heard that Gary Sr’s work ethic was incredible and I admire his passion to help athletes and make the sport better after his swimming career ended. Mel, thank you. These interviews are spectacular and you’re truly awesome at it.

Swimuel L Jackswam
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

What was doc’s jellybean day?

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Swimuel L Jackswam
1 month ago

“Each year, Counsilman has what he calls ”Jelly Bean Day,” during which he sets a specific goal for each swimmer. ”He`d have world records broken during practice just for a handful of stupid jelly beans,” says Jerry Miller, who swam for Counsilman from 1966 through 1970.” https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1990-02-04-9001100842-story.html Very enjoyable article.

Swimuel L Jackswam
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
1 month ago

Thanks. I found that article among others. Just looking for specifics. Super curious!

Xman
1 month ago

I always enjoyed The Race Club forums and videos from 2006 though the Olympics.

I was probablyprobably one of the few people rooting for Mike Cavic in 08 just because of TRC

Ronald Cummins
1 month ago

I’ve said it before in this forum, but I need to say it again… When Mark Spitz was winning his seven gold medals, some of us still wanted to be Gary Hall.

Guerra
Reply to  Ronald Cummins
1 month ago

Yes…exactly!

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Ronald Cummins
1 month ago

wow…that’s high praise…..

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Ronald Cummins
1 month ago

by today’s standards gary hall would be an olympic gold medalist. back then they didn’t give heat swimmers relay medals

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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