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March 30, 2021

Ashley Twichell: Two-Sport Olympic Hopeful, Episode #109, 03-30-21

Ashley Twichell: Two-Sport Olympic Hopeful, Episode #109, 03-30-21

Discipline is in the details for two-sport elite athlete Ashley Twichell who has already qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in open-water swimming and will compete in June 2021 for a spot as a 1500-meter pool swimmer on Team USA. She joins the show to share her tips for discipline in the little things, leadership by example and the importance of sleep. 

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Ashley Twichell is a two-sport elite athlete in swimming and open water swimming. Ashley has already qualified for the 2021 US Olympic Team in the open water 10-kilometer race and is currently a real contender to make the 1500-meter freestyle event as well, ranking as the current 2nd fastest American woman behind Katie Ledecky, as of March 2021. If Ashley were to make the Olympic Team in the 1500-meter freestyle, she would be the first American to qualify for these two separate swimming sports in the same Olympic Games. 

Ashley, who is sponsored by TYR, is a two-time world champion in open water. She was a multiple NCAA All-American at Duke University, while posting top academics. While at Duke she rewrote Duke’s record book in the 200 free and up. She is also the 4th-fastest American woman ever in the 1500-meter event behind greats like Katie Ledecky, Kate Ziegler and Janet Evans. 

Episode Topics and Mentions

Open water swimming

Olympic Swimming

2021 Tokyo Olympics

Duke University


Katie Ledecky

Kate Ziegler 

Janet Evans

2011 US Nationals for open water swimming in Fort Lauderdale

Alex Meyer -- open water swimmer

University of North Carolina

Mission Viejo

Golden Goggle Awards

Haley Anderson

Jordan Wilimovsky

David Heron

San Antonio, Texas

Importance of sleep

Shoulder surgery

Long Beach, California


RCP Tiburon Mile

Shanghai, China


RISE Athlete Mentoring




  1. If you have a big goal, and don’t quite make it, you should feel good about what you accomplished.
  2. Verbalize your negative thoughts and identify them. Do not internalize them.


  1. Don’t compare yourself to others. By doing that, you take your eye off your own goal.
  2. Having discipline for the little things is just as important as having discipline for the big things.

Quote of the Week

“Don’t compare yourself to others. Realize that everyone’s path is different.” -- Ashley Twichell

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