Elizabeth Beisel on Being a Great Athlete

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Team USA Multi-Olympic Medalist Reflects on her career while offering words of wisdom for every athlete and why you have to fail to be great

(f)empower is hosted by Kara Lynn Joyce & Christen Shefchunas

Podcast length: 34′ 54″

Kara Lynn & Coach Christen’s guest this week is three-time Olympic 400m medley swimmer Elizabeth Beisel. Their conversation is at once entertaining, educational and informative as Elizabeth offers words of wisdom from her illustrious career during which she collecting medals in all colors from World Championships to Olympic Games. Elizabeth, 26, has now retired as an athlete and is currently enjoying her new found freedom. She tells us how she is taking advantage of retirement and looking forward to what’s to come. Elizabeth reminds us that you can’t do everything in one day but you can do one thing every day. One of team USA great swimmers Elizabeth says to be great you have to fail. There are lots of great messages in this conversation and lots of fun.

Elizabeth Beisel Career Highlights

Olympic Games

  • Three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016); Two-time Olympic medalist (1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 6th (400m medley)
  • London 2012 Olympic Games, silver (400m medley); bronze (200m back)
  • Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, 4th (400m medley); 5th (200m back)

World Championship

  • Most recent: 2015 – 12th (400m medley); 13th (200m back)
  • Years of participation: Long Course – 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015; Short Course – 2014
  • Medals: 3 (1 gold, 2 bronzes)
  • Gold – 2011 (400m medley)
  • Bronze – 2009 (200m back); 2013 (400m medley)

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