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Welcome to the Ultimate Swimmer Podcast! Ultimate Swimmer is a holistic approach to the sport of swimming; building strong hearts, minds, and bodies. I’m your host, 3x Olympic Gold Medalist and captain of the 2000 USA team, Josh Davis. This podcast is geared primarily for those of us in the aquatic disciplines of age-group swimming, college swimming, para-swimming, open water swimming, and masters swimming but we welcome all who are interested in peak performance, pursuing excellence and swimming with purpose.

Latest Episodes

John Naber

John Naber has quite the resume in the world of swimming. From swimmer to ambassador to writer to motivational speaker to broadcaster to member of the Olympic Organizing Committee, John has done it all! In 1976 at the Summer Olympics in Montreal, John won 5 medals (4 gold, 1 silver) to become the most decorated Olympian from those games. Within those 5 medal-winning swims, John also came away with multiple world records that would stand for nearly 8 years! Please enjoy our interview with John as he walks us through his life before, during and after competitive swimming!

60 min1 w ago
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John Naber

Jack Roach

Jack Roach is no doubt one of the greatest coaches of all-time in the sport of swimming and his trajectory to get to this point has been unique, crazy, inspiring, and unbelievable! Jack swam one semester in college, then went off to fight in Vietnam only to come back to give college another try. From riding his bike 20 miles (both ways) to his lifeguarding jobs in South Florida, sailing around the Bahamas for four years and becoming one of the most respected club, college and national level coaches the sport has known, Jack has done it all. We were so grateful to be able to talk with him and hear about his incredible life story and some of his biggest takeaways from a life well lived. We hope you enjoy the episode and learn something from the man who was always striving to learn more!

65 min2 w ago
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Jack Roach

Jill Sterkel

Jill Sterkel has had a storied career in the swimming world. Jill competed at the Olympics in 1976 at the age of 15 and was part of the most unpredictable relay victory in swimming history. Going up against the powerhouse East German team, Team USA, on the shoulders of Jill Sterkel beat out the heavy favorite in the 4 x 100 Free Relay for Olympic gold! This story was just the beginning for Jill as she went on to have an illustrious career at the University of Texas and for many years as a post-graduate with Team USA. Please enjoy our interview with a true ULTIMATE SWIMMER!

72 min3 w ago
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Jill Sterkel

Gary Hall Jr.

Gary Hall Jr. is one of the greatest and most decorated sprinters in the history of the sport. After swimming one year at the University of Texas, Gary decided it was time to turn pro and train on his own. Gary competed in three Olympic Games and is the owner of 10 Olympic Medals and numerous awards, including being a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Gary adopted his own unique training style where he included boxing movements as part of his regimen and oftentimes would march out to races in boxing shorts and a robe to intimidate the competition. A fun-loving, enthusiastic character in the world of swimming, Gary showed the world what it looked like to have fun, train hard, and race fast! Check out our super-episode with Gary today!

96 min3 w ago
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Gary Hall Jr.

David Plummer

We are back with one of our best episodes yet! David Plummer has one of the most inspiring stories in the swimming world! After just missing the Olympic Team at the '04, '08, and '12 Olympic Trials, David finally reached his goal in 2016 by qualifying for his first Olympic Games at age 30 in the 100 backstroke. Listen to David's full journey to becoming an Ultimate Swimmer! Follow us on Instagram for more great content @ultimateswimmergram.

59 minOCT 21
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David Plummer

Mary Wayte Bradburne

Mary Wayte Bradburne is a former member of the US National Team, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and television sports commentator. During her international swimming career, Wayte won eight medals in major international championships, including four golds. Please enjoy this episode where Mary breaks down her career and what it took to become an Olympic Gold Medalist! Follow us on Instagram @ultimateswimmergram

60 minSEP 14
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Mary Wayte Bradburne

Elizabeth Beisel

Elizabeth Beisel has one of the deepest resumes and one of the most exciting careers of any swimmer in US history. Elizabeth swam collegiately in Florida where she won multiple national and conference titles during her career as a Gator. As a member of the USA Team, Elizabeth competed in not one, not two, but THREE Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016) before retiring from the sport in 2017. We are so grateful to be able to welcome Elizabeth to the podcast this week as she discusses her journey to becoming an Ultimate Swimmer!

69 minAUG 17
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Elizabeth Beisel

Roque Santos

Roque Santos was a 1992 Olympian in the 200 Breaststroke and a long time member of the US National Team. Roque is one of the most beloved and connected members of the swimming community. Whether it is the USA Swimming Alumni family or the Masters Swimming Family, everybody LOVES Roque Santos! Roque is a true Ultimate Swimmer and has some great stories to share about his career before, during, and after swimming! We hope you enjoy!

58 minAUG 11
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Roque Santos

Kyle Chalmers

This week on the podcast we welcome Kyle Chalmers! Hailing from Australia, Kyle is one of the world's premier 100 Freestylers and won the gold in Rio at just 18 years old! We are very excited for you to hear our conversation with Kyle as he discussed some of the struggles and triumphs that he has gone through on his way to becoming an Ultimate Swimmer!

53 minJUL 27
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Kyle Chalmers

Bruno Fratus

Brazillian sprinter Bruno Fratus has been one of the most dominant swimmers in the world over the past decade and has his sights strongly set on Tokyo 2021. Bruno has won numerous medals at the national and international level and just narrowly missed a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London after getting 4th in the 50 freestyle. Bruno dives into his career and discusses the challenges he has faced and overcame on his journey to becoming an Ultimate Swimmer! We hope you enjoy!

64 minJUL 13
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Bruno Fratus

Latest Episodes

John Naber

John Naber has quite the resume in the world of swimming. From swimmer to ambassador to writer to motivational speaker to broadcaster to member of the Olympic Organizing Committee, John has done it all! In 1976 at the Summer Olympics in Montreal, John won 5 medals (4 gold, 1 silver) to become the most decorated Olympian from those games. Within those 5 medal-winning swims, John also came away with multiple world records that would stand for nearly 8 years! Please enjoy our interview with John as he walks us through his life before, during and after competitive swimming!

60 min1 w ago
Comments
John Naber

Jack Roach

Jack Roach is no doubt one of the greatest coaches of all-time in the sport of swimming and his trajectory to get to this point has been unique, crazy, inspiring, and unbelievable! Jack swam one semester in college, then went off to fight in Vietnam only to come back to give college another try. From riding his bike 20 miles (both ways) to his lifeguarding jobs in South Florida, sailing around the Bahamas for four years and becoming one of the most respected club, college and national level coaches the sport has known, Jack has done it all. We were so grateful to be able to talk with him and hear about his incredible life story and some of his biggest takeaways from a life well lived. We hope you enjoy the episode and learn something from the man who was always striving to learn more!

65 min2 w ago
Comments
Jack Roach

Jill Sterkel

Jill Sterkel has had a storied career in the swimming world. Jill competed at the Olympics in 1976 at the age of 15 and was part of the most unpredictable relay victory in swimming history. Going up against the powerhouse East German team, Team USA, on the shoulders of Jill Sterkel beat out the heavy favorite in the 4 x 100 Free Relay for Olympic gold! This story was just the beginning for Jill as she went on to have an illustrious career at the University of Texas and for many years as a post-graduate with Team USA. Please enjoy our interview with a true ULTIMATE SWIMMER!

72 min3 w ago
Comments
Jill Sterkel

Gary Hall Jr.

Gary Hall Jr. is one of the greatest and most decorated sprinters in the history of the sport. After swimming one year at the University of Texas, Gary decided it was time to turn pro and train on his own. Gary competed in three Olympic Games and is the owner of 10 Olympic Medals and numerous awards, including being a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Gary adopted his own unique training style where he included boxing movements as part of his regimen and oftentimes would march out to races in boxing shorts and a robe to intimidate the competition. A fun-loving, enthusiastic character in the world of swimming, Gary showed the world what it looked like to have fun, train hard, and race fast! Check out our super-episode with Gary today!

96 min3 w ago
Comments
Gary Hall Jr.

David Plummer

We are back with one of our best episodes yet! David Plummer has one of the most inspiring stories in the swimming world! After just missing the Olympic Team at the '04, '08, and '12 Olympic Trials, David finally reached his goal in 2016 by qualifying for his first Olympic Games at age 30 in the 100 backstroke. Listen to David's full journey to becoming an Ultimate Swimmer! Follow us on Instagram for more great content @ultimateswimmergram.

59 minOCT 21
Comments
David Plummer

Mary Wayte Bradburne

Mary Wayte Bradburne is a former member of the US National Team, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and television sports commentator. During her international swimming career, Wayte won eight medals in major international championships, including four golds. Please enjoy this episode where Mary breaks down her career and what it took to become an Olympic Gold Medalist! Follow us on Instagram @ultimateswimmergram

60 minSEP 14
Comments
Mary Wayte Bradburne

Elizabeth Beisel

Elizabeth Beisel has one of the deepest resumes and one of the most exciting careers of any swimmer in US history. Elizabeth swam collegiately in Florida where she won multiple national and conference titles during her career as a Gator. As a member of the USA Team, Elizabeth competed in not one, not two, but THREE Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016) before retiring from the sport in 2017. We are so grateful to be able to welcome Elizabeth to the podcast this week as she discusses her journey to becoming an Ultimate Swimmer!

69 minAUG 17
Comments
Elizabeth Beisel

Roque Santos

Roque Santos was a 1992 Olympian in the 200 Breaststroke and a long time member of the US National Team. Roque is one of the most beloved and connected members of the swimming community. Whether it is the USA Swimming Alumni family or the Masters Swimming Family, everybody LOVES Roque Santos! Roque is a true Ultimate Swimmer and has some great stories to share about his career before, during, and after swimming! We hope you enjoy!

58 minAUG 11
Comments
Roque Santos

Kyle Chalmers

This week on the podcast we welcome Kyle Chalmers! Hailing from Australia, Kyle is one of the world's premier 100 Freestylers and won the gold in Rio at just 18 years old! We are very excited for you to hear our conversation with Kyle as he discussed some of the struggles and triumphs that he has gone through on his way to becoming an Ultimate Swimmer!

53 minJUL 27
Comments
Kyle Chalmers

Bruno Fratus

Brazillian sprinter Bruno Fratus has been one of the most dominant swimmers in the world over the past decade and has his sights strongly set on Tokyo 2021. Bruno has won numerous medals at the national and international level and just narrowly missed a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London after getting 4th in the 50 freestyle. Bruno dives into his career and discusses the challenges he has faced and overcame on his journey to becoming an Ultimate Swimmer! We hope you enjoy!

64 minJUL 13
Comments
Bruno Fratus
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