Amanda Weir is Focused on a Long Career

Amanda Weir, swimming, Olympic medalist
Amanda Weir

Triple Olympic medalist Amanda Weir is determined to make her career last as she comes back from surgery and sets new goals when most swimmers are retiring

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

Podcast length: 41′ 21″

Christen Shefchunas and Kara Lynn Joyce chat to multi-medalist Amanda Weir who qualified for the 2004, 2012 and 2016 Olympic games and is a 3x silver medalist and a bronze medalist. Amanda talks about her swimming career and how she has maintained such fast swimming for so long, as well as embracing her personality. And she reveals how she stays motivated through her comeback from the neck surgery she had to replace two herniated discs.  She also shares her disappointment after not getting chosen to swim in the finals of the 4×100 freestyle relay in Rio.  Amanda’s quiet strength will inspire all who hear her story.

Amanda Weir

Amanda represented the U.S. at The World Championships Long Course Meters in 2005, 2007, and 2011 and swam at the World Championships Short Course Meters in 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2014 – swimming all relays. Amanda swam her first individual events for the US at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships in the 100M Freestyle, and in 2010 in the 50M Freestyle. In NCAA, Amanda swam at the University of Georgia and anchored 4 winning relays at the 2005 NCAA Championships. She then transferred to the University of Southern California, swam for one semester and then decided to go pro, thus ending her collegiate swimming.

In the 2004 Athens Olympics, Amanda swam third on the silver medal winning 4x100M Freestyle relay. She also won a silver medal on the 4x100Medley Relay by swimming in the morning trials of the event. At the 2012 London Olympics, Amanda placed fifth at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100M Free and earned a spot on the 4x100M Free Relay. In London, she won a bronze medal in the 4x100M Free Relay. In the 2016 US Olympic Trials, Amanda finished third in the 100M Free behind first place finisher Abbie Weitzeil and second place finisher, Simone Manuel, thereby earning her spot on a third Olympic Team for the 4x100M Freestyle Relay.

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