Summer Sanders

Category: Olympians, Sports Moms, Women in Sports
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While most children are still learning how to count at the age of three, Olympic swimmer and sports speaker Summer Sanders was already swimming individual laps in the pool. Before even reaching the age of 16, Sanders had just barely missed a spot on the 1988 Olympic team, and later won a silver medal in the 1989 Pan Pacific Championships, and a gold medal in the 1991 Pan Pacific Championships. By the age of 19, Sanders was swimming under the talented coach Richard Quick at Stanford University. During this time, she won eight NCAA National Championship titles in races such as 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter IM, 400-meter IM, and the 4×100-meter medley relay. As further evidence of her talent, Sanders was awarded back-to-back NCAA Swimmer of the Year titles, using her elite gift to help Stanford University win the 1992 NCAA National Championship.

Internationally, Sanders placed first in the 200-meter butterfly, second in the 200-meter IM, and third in the 400-meter IM at the 1991 World Championship in Perth, Australia. In 1992, Sanders not only guaranteed herself a spot in the Barcelona Olympic Games, but also became the first U.S. female since 1976 to qualify for four individual events in a single Olympics. Sanders’ achievements in the Olympic Trials seemed to foreshadow her performance in the Olympics Games where she won gold in the 400-meter medley relay, silver in the 200-meter medley relay, bronze in the 400-meter individual medley relay, and gold in the 200-meter relay, in which she also set an Olympic record time.

When the pool timers were not running, Sanders kept the cameras rolling in her numerous television appearances. She began her work on the screen in 1992 and 1994 as a CBS Sports commentator for the NCAA Swimming Championships, as well as numerous other shows like NBA Inside Stuff with Ahmad Rashad for eight years and Fox Sports Net’s The Sports List in 2006. In addition to sports broadcasting, Sanders has appeared in shows such as the Nickelodeon game show Figure It Out and Good Morning America. She continues her work on the new Pac-12 network, and she even recently covered the 2012 London Olympic Games on her award-winning Yahoo!Sports show “Elite Athlete Workouts”.