47 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!

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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 Danusia Francis Overcome Obstacles to Make the Olympics? + Dealing with the Impact of Coronavirus

    How Did Danusia Francis Overcome Obstacles to Make the Olympics? + Dealing with the Impact of Coronavirus

    Sam welcomes 2016 NCAA Balance Beam Co-Champion, 6x All-American and 2012 Olympic alternate, Danusia Francis. Danusia discusses the unique experience representing two separate countries in Olympic qualifiers. Danusia opens up about her training regimen, meeting Olympic legend Usain Bolt, and balancing life while working to qualify for the next Olympic Games. Finally, Danusia talks about the lessons she has learned throughout her gymnastics career, her views on confidence, and her post-retirement plans.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Celebrating Madison Kocian & Kyla Ross

    Celebrating Madison Kocian & Kyla Ross

    Sam welcomes to the podcast two very special guests, Olympians Madison Kocian & Kyla Ross. Madison is a 2018 NCAA Team Champion, a 2016 Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist, a 3x World Champion and a 7x All-American. Kyla is a 2018 NCAA Team Champion, a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, a 2014 World Championship Gold Medalist, an NCAA record holder with 14 Perfect 10s in 2019, and a 19x All-American. These amazing women are seniors at UCLA, where they’ve experienced some of their most memorable gymnastics moments.

    • 50 min
    How Did Matt Anderson Become One of the Best Volleyball Players in the World?

    How Did Matt Anderson Become One of the Best Volleyball Players in the World?

    Sam welcomes to the podcast two-time Olympian and professional volleyball player, Matt Anderson. Matt is currently a member of the Italian club Modena Volley and the United States men’s national volleyball team, with whom he was a participant of the Olympic Games, 2014 World League and 2015 World Cup.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    How Did Kaitlin Sandeno Become a 4X Olympic Medalist, an Author, & Break Barriers for Women Everywhere?

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    How Did Shannon Miller Become the Most Decorated US Olympic Gymnast & Use Her Athletic Experiences to Help Her Overcome Cancer?

    How Did Shannon Miller Become the Most Decorated US Olympic Gymnast & Use Her Athletic Experiences to Help Her Overcome Cancer?

    Sam welcomes 1993 and 1994 World All-Around Champion, 1996 Olympic balance beam champion, 1995 Pan American Games all-around champion, and member of the 1996 Olympic gold-medal winning Magnificent Seven team, Shannon Miller. Shannon is the second most decorated gymnast in U.S. history and the thirteenth most decorated gymnast from any country by her individual medal count. She is the only woman in any sport to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame twice, as an individual and as part of a team.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    How Did Cody Miller Find A Way to Overcome a Health Condition & Win an Olympic Gold Alongside his Childhood Idol, Michael Phelps?

    How Did Cody Miller Find A Way to Overcome a Health Condition & Win an Olympic Gold Alongside his Childhood Idol, Michael Phelps?

    Sam welcomes Olympic champion and eight-time American record holder in competitive swimming, Cody Miller. Cody is also a self-proclaimed movie buff, puppy enthusiast, food assassin, YouTuber, and Water Jedi. Sam and Cody chronicle his journey as an athlete, from overcoming a serious health condition to winning a gold medal alongside his lifelong idol, Michael Phelps. Cody talks about becoming an elite Olympic athlete and stresses the importance of taking time to self-reflect and appreciate the moment.

    • 55 min

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