37 episodes

Samantha Peszek is on a mission to discover the secret of some of the best athletes in the world: what makes them tick, their commitment to success, and how they build confidence in their sport and in life. Utilizing Samantha's Olympic network (she really does have cool friends), guests will divulge what it's really like to compete at the highest level - the struggles, triumphs, and everything in between. You will have an opportunity to learn from some of the best athletes in the world and be able to apply relevant tips to your everyday life!

I Have Cool Friends Samantha Peszek

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Samantha Peszek is on a mission to discover the secret of some of the best athletes in the world: what makes them tick, their commitment to success, and how they build confidence in their sport and in life. Utilizing Samantha's Olympic network (she really does have cool friends), guests will divulge what it's really like to compete at the highest level - the struggles, triumphs, and everything in between. You will have an opportunity to learn from some of the best athletes in the world and be able to apply relevant tips to your everyday life!

    How Did Dawn Harper Make History at the 2012 Olympics, Take On Motherhood, and Still Have Energy to Return for 2020?

    How Did Dawn Harper Make History at the 2012 Olympics, Take On Motherhood, and Still Have Energy to Return for 2020?

    Sam welcomes two-time Olympic medalist and decorated track & field hurdler, Dawn Harper. Dawn won the gold medal in 2008 in Beijing and won a silver medal in 2012 in London, making history as a hurdler in the process. Dawn recalls her journey to the 2008 Olympics, including overcoming a knee injury and taking home gold. She discusses her decision to step away from track and field to start a family, and finally, her decision to train and compete to represent the U.S. again in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    How Did Lauren Cheney Holiday Become Unstoppable at the Olympic Games, World Cups, & Fighting a Brain Tumor?

    How Did Lauren Cheney Holiday Become Unstoppable at the Olympic Games, World Cups, & Fighting a Brain Tumor?

    Sam welcomes two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup Champion, Lauren Cheney Holiday. Lauren was the first player in National Women’s Soccer League history to have her jersey retired by the league. She also set multiple records at UCLA, including most points and most game-winning goals scored. Lauren talks about her journey to the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, her experience at the 2015 World Cup, learning that she had a brain tumor while pregnant, and recovery from brain surgery.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    S2 E017 John Roethlisberger - 2019 NCAA Championship

    S2 E017 John Roethlisberger - 2019 NCAA Championship

    Sam welcomes to the podcast decorated Olympic gymnast and former member of the University of Minnesota men’s gymnastics team, John Roethlisberger. In addition to being a three-time Olympian, John is a four-time U.S, National all-around champion and a four-time U.S. National pommel horse champion. He also won back-to-back American Cup titles in 2995 and 1996 and was named Sportsperson of the Year six times throughout his illustrious career.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    S2 E016 Evan Heiter - 2019 NCAA Preview with Data & Drama

    S2 E016 Evan Heiter - 2019 NCAA Preview with Data & Drama

    Sam welcomes to the podcast former University of Michigan gymnast Evan Heiter. Evan was also Sam’s co-host for the USAG Webcast for multiple years and is a huge NCAA gymnastics super fan. In this episode, Sam and Evan break down team performances from Regionals and look ahead to both upcoming Semi-Finals. They identify the secret weapons, keys to victory and storylines to watch for each team. Finally, Sam and Evan give their predictions on which teams they believe will be the Four on the Floor. 

    • 1 hr 34 min
    S2 015 Tanya Chaplin - Don’t Call Them an Underdog

    S2 015 Tanya Chaplin - Don’t Call Them an Underdog

    Sam welcomes to the podcast Oregon State University women’s gymnastics head coach, Tanya Chaplin. Tanya’s experience in the gymnastics world is quite extensive. As an athlete competing at UCLA, she was a six-time All-American and a two-time PAC-10 Gymnast of the Year winner. She also competed in the 1983 World Championships in Budapest and competed in the 1984 Olympic trials. Over the course of her twenty-two year coaching career, she has earned PAC-12 Conference Coach of the Year five times.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    S2 014 Norah Flatley & Margzetta Frazier - Ohh to be a Freshman at UCLA

    S2 014 Norah Flatley & Margzetta Frazier - Ohh to be a Freshman at UCLA

    Sam welcomes to the podcast not one but two cool friends, Norah Flatley and Margzetta Frazier. They are both former national team members, competing across the country and internationally for Team USA. Additionally, they are both freshmen at UCLA and are crushing it for the Bruins this season! In this episode, Norah and Margzetta talk about their shared experiences with Elite gymnastics, balancing academics and athletics, and their plans for the remainder of their collegiate careers.

    • 59 min

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5 stars

As an ex-elite gymnast myself, I find Sam’s honesty and transparency is a breath of fresh air in the gymnastics community. Thank you for sharing your cool friends with us. Looking forward to season 3!
Mary-Anne Monckton

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