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Champion's Mojo

Sep 3, 2019

What does it take to develop a gold medal mindset? 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, and one of the world’s best sprint freestylers, Ryan Held joins the Champion’s Mojo podcast to talk about his mindset and more. Ryan is an NCAA post-grad, professional swimmer fresh off of winning the 50 and 100 free -- setting a US Open Record -- at the 2019 Summer Nationals. But this summer was very different than last. You'll hear in depth about Ryan's recent adventures, including his theories on the science of swimming and using nature to be mindful. You’ll even find out his favorite pool in the United States

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More About Ryan Held

Ryan Held recently completed a stellar NCAA career at NC State University. He is a sprint freestyle and butterfly swimmer who is originally from Springfield, Illinois who was named Illinois State Swimmer of the Year in 2014. He is a 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the world’s best sprint freestylers. Ryan made internet history when his emotional outpouring on the Olympic medal stand was widely broadcast and shared online.

Episode Topics and Mentions

Freestyle swimming

Freestyle sprinter

NC State

Indiana University

Team Elite, San Diego

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Raleigh Botanical Garden

Yahya Radman

Bobby Guntoro

Braden Holloway

Coley Stickels

Dean Farris

Tate Jackson

Josh Snyder

Michael Andrew

Stroke mechanics

Physics of water

Human kinesiology


USRPT training

Medal factory

Long course swimming

Connecting with nature

Forest bathing

Action Items From the Hosts 

Kelly: Spend more time in nature - at least three times per week - and “forest bath” when possible.

Maria: Say “no” to the immediate in order to reach bigger, longer goals. 

Quote of the Week

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.” – Jack Kornfield

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