Are you living in the present? Or stuck on past mistakes or future worries?
Swimming legend Amanda Beard swam in four Olympics, but struggled silently with depression, bulimia and body dysmorphia. She joins the show to talk about how confiding in people she trusted helped her through her darkest days -- and how she now tries to engage with, and live inside, each moment. And how building out her business keeps her striving for important goals.
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MORE ABOUT AMANDA BEARD
Amanda Beard is a decorated American swimmer who qualified for four consecutive Olympics from 1996 to 2008, earning a total of seven Olympic medals. She set a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2004 at US Olympic Trials, then became the Olympic Champion in that event in Athens a few months later.
Besides being an NCAA Champion for the Arizona Wildcats and a 2X Pan Pac Champion, she was named a co-captain of the U.S. women’s Olympic swim team in Beijing in 2008. She’s been a model gracing the pages of some of the world’s biggest magazines and has been a TV sports correspondent.
As a young woman, Amanda battled bulimia, body dysmorphia, depression and drug use throughout her swimming career, as described in her 2012 memoir In the Water They Can’t See You Cry.
Since retiring from competition, Amanda has been busy teaching children to learn to swim through Beard Swim Co., a swim school in Gig Harbor, Washington, which she founded in 2017.
Episode Topics and Mentions
In the Water They Can’t See You Cry by Amanda Beard
University of Arizona Wildcats
“Being a champion is really about being engaged with the people around you.” -- Amanda Beard
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