How Did Kaitlin Sandeno Become a 4X Olympic Medalist, an Author, & Break Barriers for Women Everywhere?

The Recap

Sam welcomes to the podcast two-time Olympic swimmer and four-time Olympic medalist, Kaitlin Sandeno. Kaitlin is a world champion, former world record holder and has won a gold, silver and two bronze medals throughout her career. Since retiring, Kaitlin has gone on to lead a successful post-Olympic career as a sports commentator, motivational speaker, coach, philanthropist, author, and GM of a professional international swimming league.

In this episode, Sam and Kaitlin talk extensively about Kaitlin’s professional swimming career, from the highs of qualifying and competing in two Olympics to the lows of injuries. They discuss the lessons they both learned from their first experiences at the Olympic Games. Kaitlin tells the story of how she won her most prized medal, the silver, and what it meant to her personally. Finally, Kaitlin talks about her post-Olympic career, including her involvement as a National Spokesperson for NEGU, an organization that’s near and dear to her heart.

Episode Highlights

01:02 – Introducing today’s guest, Kaitlin Saneno

02:28 – Sam takes a moment to thank her sponsor, Tumbl Trak and Right Rice

03:31– Sam and Kaitlin share their first memories of each other

06:46 – Kaitlin’s journey as a young swimmer

10:12 – Obstacles Kaitlin had to overcome as a young swimmer

12:09 – Kaitlin recalls a time when she felt insecure with her body

15:08 – The moment Kaitlin realized she was good enough to make the Olympics

18:20 – The emotional experience of making the Olympics in 2000

19:38 – How Kaitlin’s parents were an integral part of her success

23:29 – Kaitlin’s first impressions of the Olympic village

25:53 – Winning bronze in the 800-meter freestyle event

28:59 – Lessons Kaitlin learned from her first Olympic experience

31:39 – The decision to train and compete for a chance at another Olympics

33:09 – Kaitlin shares the value she places on education and why she chose to attend USC

37:17 – Training for the 2004 Olympic Games while attending college

42:22 – Sam takes a moment to thank her sponsors Tumbl Trak, Right Rice and Uplifter

44:05 – The rocky period between 2000 and 2004

48:05 – Kaitlin’s experience at her second Olympic Games in 2004

50:33 – Why Kaitlin’s silver medal is worth more to her than her gold medal

55:15 – Kaitlin explains why winning this silver medal was the first moment she was truly proud of herself

1:00:13 – The motivation to continue training post-Olympics

1:04:28 – What makes Michael Phelps the best at his sport, according to Kaitlin

1:07:21 – Kaitlin opens up about an injury that derailed her prospects to compete in the 2008 Olympics

1:13:16 – Kaitlin’s post-retirement life

1:16:31 – Kaitlin speaks to her work as a National Spokesperson for NEGU (Never Ever Give Up)

1:23:13 – What motivated Kaitlin to write her book, Golden Glow

1:26:36 – Kaitlin’s historic new role as International Swimming League GM

1:30:34 – Kaitlin speaks to the influences on her confidence level throughout her life

1:33:25 – Kaitlin reveals one thing people can do to get 1% better each day

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