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July 2, 2019

Summer Sanders: The Imperfect Life, Episode #18, 7-1-19

Summer Sanders: The Imperfect Life, Episode #18, 7-1-19

Imperfect Life

On today’s episode, Kelly Palace and Maria Parker interview Olympian Summer Sanders about her life after athletics, discussing what she is doing as a businesswoman, wife and mother of two. Sanders calls in to the show from her home in Spain where she is living for a year with her family as a way to purposefully retreat from the busyness of modern family life. 

Sanders talks about embracing the imperfect moments in life and letting yourself experience them. She discusses her own parents and how their influences made her who she is and how they continue to inspire her own intentional parenting practices. 

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More About Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders is a gold-medal winning Olympic swimmer who is also a sports commentator, reporter, television show host and actor. Sanders won back-to-back NCAA Swimmer of the Year awards in only two years as a collegiate swimmer. She won two gold medals at the 1992 Olympic Games (one in 200m butterfly and one in the 4 × 100m medley relay), as well as a silver medal (200m IM) and a bronze (400m IM). 

Since her Olympic-swimming days, Sanders has continued to make a name for herself as a sports commentator, actor and author of the 1999 book “Champions Are Raised, Not Born: How My Parents Made Me A Success.” She is a current panelist on CBS Sports’ “We Need to Talk” the first-ever nationally televised all female weekly sports talk show and has her own blog and website at SummerSanders.co.

Episode Topics and Mentions

CBS Sports

We Need to Talk

Good Morning America

The Today Show


Stanford University


Sardinero Beach, Santander, Cantabria, Spain


Intentional Parenting


Mentorship for Women

Action Items From the Hosts 

Maria: Take time to be in the moment, especially in your relationships. Do not just rush from one activity to the next. Embrace imperfection in life with joy. 

Kelly: Pay attention to things that happen that aren’t planned because they may be the new plan. Remember that champions really show up and are honest about what they are doing 100 percent of the time. 

Quote of the Week: 

“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist. Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.” -- Stephen Hawking

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