17 episodes

Welcome to the Unfiltered Waters Podcast, where we dive deep into the untold stories of athletes. Our podcast brings together the wisdom and experiences of two Olympic champions, Katie Hoff and Missy Franklin. Join us as we journey through the lives of athletes, showcasing their triumphs, challenges, and the unfiltered reality of what it takes to become a champion. We invite you to partner with us on this inspiring and impactful venture.

Unfiltered Waters Katie Hoff / Missy Franklin

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 138 Ratings

Welcome to the Unfiltered Waters Podcast, where we dive deep into the untold stories of athletes. Our podcast brings together the wisdom and experiences of two Olympic champions, Katie Hoff and Missy Franklin. Join us as we journey through the lives of athletes, showcasing their triumphs, challenges, and the unfiltered reality of what it takes to become a champion. We invite you to partner with us on this inspiring and impactful venture.

    Summer McIntosh

    Summer McIntosh

    This episode features our first international athlete, Summer McIntosh. Summer is a 2021 Tokyo Olympian, a 4x world champion and world record holder in the 400 IM. Summer reflects on her family's rich sporting heritage. She shares anecdotes of her sister's success in figure skating and her mom's Olympic triumphs in swimming, particularly in the 200 fly. She credits her family's support and encouragement as the driving force behind her own achievements.
     
    Transitioning from family legacy to personal balance, Summer discusses the art of managing her life both in and out of the pool. At just 17 years old, she juggles intense training sessions with the desire to experience a normal teenage life. She talks about finding harmony between her dedication to her sport and her need for downtime and social interaction.
     
    Recalling her debut at the Olympics at the young age of 14, Summer expresses her immense pride in representing Team Canada and racing with the likes of Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus. She shares the exhilaration of competing at the highest level and the honor of wearing her country's colors on the global stage for the very first time.
     
    Summer's genuine passion for the sport shines through. She describes the challenge and physical pain of training for various disciplines and reveals her favorite event to prepare for—the 400 IM, where she feels most in her element. She speaks candidly about the trust and confidence she has developed in her coaches, allowing for open and effective communication. Through their guidance and support, she has grown both as an athlete and as an individual.
     
    The episode concludes with a glimpse of Summer's unwavering determination and boundless potential. As she looks ahead to the Olympics this Summer, she remains grounded in her roots, fueled by the legacy of those who came before her and inspired by the promise of what lies ahead.
     
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    • 57 min
    Michael Andrew

    Michael Andrew

    In this ' in studio' episode, we're joined by none other than Michael Andrew, the Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4x100 medley relay at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Michael, a World Champion and American Record Holder, opens up about his revolutionary training approach and how he navigates the storm of criticism surrounding his training, going pro at the age of 14 and much more.
    Tune in as Michael takes us on a journey through the inception of his unique USRPT (Ultra Short Race Pace Training) method, breaking down its principles and revealing the science behind its effectiveness. We talk about his experience taking a step back from the sport for the first time in his career after the Tokyo Olympic games and why it allowed him to come back with a fresh perspective.
    Join us as Michael sheds light on his collaboration with brands, exploring how it alleviates the burden of expectations and enables him to take the pressure off his performances in the pool to an extent. Discover the recovery modalities that form the cornerstone of Michael's regimen and gain true insights into the misconceptions that often surround him.
    Furthermore, Michael provides a heartfelt glimpse into his relationship with his family and friends, highlighting the crucial role they play in his journey towards greatness. Prepare to see a different side of Michael as we unravel the mind of a true champion and innovator in the sport, exploring the depths of dedication and resilience. Get ready to redefine your understanding of Michael's training, lifestyle and performance in this captivating episode.
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Regan Smith

    Regan Smith

    In this compelling episode, listeners are treated to an intimate conversation with Regan Smith. With three Olympic medals, four World Championship titles, and multiple American records under her belt, Regan's journey embodies resilience, honesty, and authenticity.
    Regan shares insights gained from her time training with the elite group at ASU (Arizona State University), highlighting the camaraderie and support no matter how challenging the practices. Regan also shares her experience swimming under the tutelage of legendary coach Bob Bowman and talks about what makes Bowman such a great fit for her, offering a glimpse into the unique dynamics of their coach-athlete relationship. 
    Listeners gain a deep understanding of the highs and lows Regan has encountered since her breakout performance at the 2019 World Championships, where she broke the world record in the 200-meter backstroke. With vulnerability and humility, Regan opens up about the fear and anxiety she grappled with before and during races, providing invaluable insights into mindset shifts and how she has achieved personal growth in this area. 
    Regan talks about her passion and involvement with Foss Swim School. She shares the profound impact of this endeavor on her life and the lives of others, embodying her commitment to giving back to the swimming community.
    Ultimately, this episode serves as a beacon of inspiration for anyone navigating their own journey of resilience, honesty, and authenticity. Whether grappling with nerves, pursuing lofty goals, or simply seeking a dose of motivation, Regan Smith's story offers invaluable lessons and heartfelt encouragement. 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Jessica Long

    Jessica Long

    In this inspiring episode, we delve into the extraordinary life of Jessica Long, a true legend in the world of Paralympic sports (or any sport for that matter). Despite facing immense challenges, Jessica has risen to become one of the most decorated athletes in history, with 29 Paralympic medals, including 16 golds, and over 50 world championship medals to her name.
    Jessica opens up about her journey, starting with her diagnosis of fibular hemimelia and the numerous surgeries she endured as a result. She shares the deeply emotional experience of reconnecting with her birth parents after being adopted from a Russian orphanage at just 13 months old, offering a raw and heartfelt account of her personal journey to self-discovery.
    As a beacon of knowledge and understanding, Jessica sheds light on the intricate classification system in Paralympic sports, providing valuable insight into how athletes are categorized based on their impairments.
    Reflecting on her five Paralympic Games experiences, Jessica encapsulates each event in a single word or sentence, revealing the profound significance they hold in her heart. 
    From her iconic Super Bowl commercial to her unstoppable mindset, Jessica shares the moments that have defined her career and kept her motivated throughout the years. She candidly discusses her struggles with feeling "enough" in various aspects of her life and how she has overcome them with resilience and perseverance.
    Join us as we uncover the unique and incredible story of Jessica Long, a true inspiration who continues to defy the odds and inspire millions around the globe with her indomitable spirit and unwavering determination.
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Claire Curzan

    Claire Curzan

    In this episode, we take an exclusive journey into the world of Claire Curzan, the World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist. Fresh from her remarkable performance at the World Championships in Doha last month, where she dazzled with six medals, including an impressive four golds, Claire shares the emotions, preparation and mindset that propelled her to victory for Team USA.
    Explore the highs and lows of Claire's Olympic journey, from the exhilarating triumphs to moments of imposter syndrome while swimming alongside the likes of Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky for the first time. Hear how her silver medal win in the 4x100 medley relay at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics ignited a fierce determination to strive for more, fueling her relentless pursuit of excellence.
    Claire opens up about her decision to transfer from Stanford to the University of Virginia, shedding light on the factors that influenced her move and the excitement of embracing new opportunities and training environments. We also gain insight into Claire's unwavering determination as she reflects on the setback that caused her to miss making the 2023 World Championship team. Despite the disappointment, Claire's resilience and positive mindset shine through as she shares how she turned adversity into an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. With genuine enthusiasm, Claire also shares the pivotal role her therapist played and continues to play in her life.
    As Claire prepares for Trials in a few short months, balancing a rigorous nine-day competition schedule, she invites listeners into her world beyond the pool. Discover her nighttime routine, including her favorite shows that even have Missy and Katie wondering how she even falls asleep at night.
    But the surprises don't end there. Claire shares her experience indulging in luxury shopping with her Dad in Doha for the first time after earning a substantial prize purse. Her selections will have you wanting to go shopping right away.
    Join us for an enlightening episode that delves into the sweet and engaging personality of Claire Curzan – a remarkable athlete whose determination, passion, and unwavering positivity serve as a beacon of light across the athletic community.
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Katie Grimes

    Katie Grimes

    In this episode, embark on a captivating journey with Katie Grimes, the teenage prodigy who conquered the Tokyo Olympics at 15 and is now charting her course for Paris 2024, having already secured her spot on the open water team. In this episode, Katie bares it all as she reflects on the highs and lows of her Olympic debut, sharing the details and emotions of securing 4th place. She shares how it serves as a guiding force for her future endeavors as she balances competing for Team USA this Summer in open water and working to qualify in the pool as well. If accomplished, she'll be the first ever to achieve the extraordinary feat of competing at the Olympics in both open water swimming and pool swimming events. 
    Immerse yourself in the world of open water racing through Katie's eyes – from the nuances that distinguish it from pool swimming to her initial experiences, the unique preparations involved, and the adrenaline-charged moments of navigating aggressive races and athletes. 
    Join the dialogue as Katie delves into her thoughts on swimming in college, the delicate art of balancing life as a 17-year-old athlete and regular teenager, and her unexpected passion for her recently purchased Corvette. Discover Katie's real thoughts about the highly talked about training culture at Sandpipers and learn what 'progress' truly means in Katie's dynamic journey, both in her athletic pursuits and personal evolution.
    Don't miss this unfiltered conversation with Katie Grimes, where the lanes of competition seamlessly merge with the depths of personal discovery. Tune in for some heartfelt moments, some laughs and so much inspiration. 
     
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

jaimenae ,

Great podcast!

As a retired, but still avid swimmer, now in my 40s (and swim nerd and primary care provider), I love this podcast! It’s refreshing and honest and hosted by two awesome athletes who have been there-in the pool and in all things life and mental health. It’s well rounded and guests are vulnerable and upfront. When I heard Caleb say “it’s about all the little things” I teared up. It’s so true. I love what swimming taught (and still teaches) me in the pool, but I’m most grateful for the life lessons learned all along the way. Thanks Missy and Katie!

tea-berry ,

Thank you!

Refreshing…vulnerable…natural flowing conversation…most importantly…remind us that no matter who we are…what we do or don’t accomplish we are one of a kind and all very human!! These conversations are needed in the world. If people truly listen, it may encourage them to think, feel and want to explore beyond the superficial. Congrats!!!

nat nation ,

So fun, SO relatable!

I can’t get enough of this podcast! As a retired swimmer, my blood will forever be chlorinated. Getting to hear these ladies encourage swimmers, recap the past, and laugh along the way is the best way to stay connected to the sport we love.

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