By: Brad Wilson
On today’s show I talk with Kaitlin Sandeno (She lives online at https://www.kaitlinsandeno.com/). Kaitlin is a 4-time Olympic medalist including 2 bronze, 1 silver (Her favorite), and 1 gold. She’s also a 5-time World Champion.
In 2004 in Athens, Greece Kaitlin along with Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, and Dana Vollmer broke the 17 year old world record by more than 2 seconds with their victory in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.
“Fear stunts growth.” – Kaitlin Sandeno
Currently Kaitlin is a broadcaster and swim coach who’s helping to raise the next generation of good young swimmers. She’s also the national spokesperson for the Jessie Rees foundation whose mission is to help every kid fighting cancer to never, ever give up.
In our conversation we talk about working to improve your weaknesses vs. staying inside your comfort zone, Kaitlin’s favorite Olympic memory, giving back through the Jessie Rees foundation, helping to raise a future generation of good people now as a coach, and much more.
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02:44 – What her mum quantifies as a good person.
03:39 – Were there any examples of getting corrected for bad sportsmanship?
04:15 – So, this started at a young age; this balance, being a good person, with competing?
07:09 – What do you think was the biggest catalyst for growth in that 3 year period?
05:07 – Was there ever a moment when you…, it really hit you, like, “Oh my God. I can do great things with swimming?”
07:30 – Can you tell me about the morning training? What did that process look like?
12:31 – Do you have a favorite Olympic memory?
17:30 – Do you attribute the improvement in that race…, because you could see the defending world champion, your rival, while you were going? Do you think that she pushed you? Was there anything specifically that made that race special; and that performance so special?
20:37 – Can you tell me about the Jessie Rees Foundation and how you first got involved?
25:09 – Speaking of the hospital visits, could you tell me any stories about the impact that visiting these kids has had on you?
28:26 -If there is somebody out there listening that hears your story and they wanna help in either donating money, their time…, what’s an actionable step they can take?
30:13 – Could you tell me about your process for helping to raise future good people through your coaching?
34:08 – When you’re coaching these kids, what’s a common barrier that you see that stops them from being the best that they can be?, and what specific steps can they take to overcome that barrier?
35:50 – Experimentation, learning and trying new things to facilitate growth.
38:05 – How do you push them when it’s hard, and ensure that they keep going; and, they do realize their potential?
39:28 – What are common coaching practices that you see or hear about, that you just completely disagree with?
42:14 – Different coaching methodologies.
42:44 – What’s a current large goal that you’re working towards?
45:38 – Not being a fan of social media.
51:11 – Are there any books that you re-read each year, and if so, which ones?
52:11 – Do you have any projects that you’re working on that are near, dear to your heart, passion projects?
52:45 – Have you ever strongly believed something, only to reverse course later on?, and if so, what led to that change of belief?
54:54 – How is there this disconnect between what’s actually healthy and what’s perceived to be healthy?
57:38 – If you could share one truth with the world, what would that truth be?
59:52 – Where can my audience find you on the interwebs?