How Did Alyssa and Haley Anderson Make the Olympics Together and Overcome Imposter Syndrome?

The Recap

Sam welcomes to the podcast two very special guests, Olympic swimmers and sisters, Alyssa and Haley Anderson. Alyssa became an Olympic gold medalist in 2012, and Haley was one of the first USA athletes who qualified for the upcoming Olympics Games in Tokyo for 2020. This will mark Haley’s third Olympic Games. Haley’s already won an Olympic silver medal in 2012 and was the first American to earn a medal in open water swimming. In this episode, Sam, Alyssa and Haley discuss the culture of USA Swimming, the mindset required to be a successful Olympian, and the power of resiliency. Alyssa and Haley break down the difference between open water and pool swimming competitions as well as how they get pumped up before big races. Finally, Alyssa and Haley talk about Imposter Syndrome and the importance of overcoming your own self-doubts to achieve greatness.

Episode Highlights

01:07 – Introducing today’s guests, Anderson and Anderson

01:32 – Sam takes a moment to thank her sponsor, Tumbl Trak and Right Rice

02:45 – Sam, Alyssa and Haley share their first memories of each other

04:29 – Alyssa and Haley talk about their upbringing and childhood

09:40 – How Alyssa and Haley got involved in swimming

14:40 – The moment Alyssa and Haley had aspirations to compete at the Olympics

16:39 – The process of making the USA National Team for Swimming

18:48 – The culture of USA Swimming

19:54 – Alyssa and Haley discuss the differences between open water and pool swimming events

26:25 – Alyssa and Haley speak to their training regiments

29:14 – Sam takes a moment to thank her sponsors Tumbl Trak and Right Rice

30:16 – What keeps Alyssa and Haley motivated

33:19 – Alyssa and Haley discuss their mental and physical pre-race routines

36:33 – How Alyssa and Haley get fired up before a big race

39:59 – The importance of resilience

40:49 – How Alyssa and Haley celebrated making the Olympics together

42:01 – Alyssa and Haley recall their favorite non-swimming memories from the 2012 Olympic Games

45:02 – Alyssa and Haley speak to the reasons for their Olympic success

47:41 – The emotional come down from the Olympic Games

52:10 – Haley talks about her experience during the 2016 Olympic Games

54:07 – Imposter Syndrome

56:48 – Alyssa and Haley speak to their thoughts on confidence

59:58 – Stay in your lane

1:06:22 – How Alyssa and Haley define confidence

1:14:20 – Plans for post-retirement

1:16:34 – Alyssa and Haley reveal one thing people can do to get 1% better each day

1:19:47 – Sam thanks Alyssa and Haley for joining the show

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