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Jan. 20, 2020

Kelsi Dahlia: Strength and Gratitude, Episode #47, 01-21-2020

Kelsi Dahlia: Strength and Gratitude, Episode #47, 01-21-2020

Kelsi Dahlia is a fierce competitor but says that gratitude and life-balance is what helps her get through tough times. She is fresh off winning the ISL Finals in the 100 meter butterfly, defeating the current World Record holder. Outside the pool she is devoted to her church, family and community. 

In this exclusive interview, she shares candidly about her disappointment at the 2016 Olympics, how its made her hungry and talks about how she deals with pre-race extra energy. 

ABOUT KELSI DAHLIA: Kelsi Dahlia is a professional American swimmer who specializes in butterfly and freestyle events. She is a NCAA & World Record holder, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist and 2020 Tokyo Olympic hopeful. She qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 100-meter butterfly and won a gold medal in the 4 x 100-meter medley relay for swimming in the heats. She swims professionally for the Cali Condors, an International Swim League (ISL) team.

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Quote of the Week

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Episode Topics and Mentions

ISL - International Swim League

Cali Condors

Rio Olympics

University of Louisville


Hello Fresh


Coach Arthur Albiero

Stephanie Juncker

Chris Lindauer

Cameron Dehn

Team USA

Mallory Comerford

Katie Ledecky

Jason Lezak 

Louisville Pro Rehab


Las Vegas

Mary T. Meagher

Swimming World Cup

FINA Championships 

FCA - Fellowship of Christian Athletes

100-meter butterfly

Sarah Sjostrom

Takeaways from Kelly and Maria


1 - Find the lessons in failure and learn from them.

2 - Get to know competitors as people, outside of the competitive area.


1 -  Know what you need to stay calm, using the right distractions to maintain the right level of energy.

2 - Remember the importance of having loving, supportive people in your life (friends, family, colleagues).

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