Welcome to Champion's Mojo Podcast! New Episodes Every Tuesday

#40 Power of Intention w/Kelly & Maria


Intention, manifestation, prayer, goal visualization or even Quantum Physics are powerful tools. This show give you 5 key ways that you can use the powerful technique of intention. While the idea of intention might seem like it applies to our intentions for our own future, research actually shows that the intentions we have for others can have a powerful effect as well, like “energy transfer. But intention can stand alone as a tool you can use to achieve your biggest, grandest goals and help others achieve theirs.  Stock image.

#41 Cody Miller: Pioneer Professional Swimmer


How does Cody Miller maintain balance in his life? He’s an Olympic champion, professional swimmer and YouTube star, with a dedicated training schedule toward the 2020 Olympic Trials, who says maintaining consistency and showing up for yourself makes all the difference. In this episode, you'll learn more about the mojo that Cody uses to succeed to help you accomplish your own big goals. Tune in for a great interview that will definitely inspire you!  Photo from Cody Miller.

#42 Reflection & Self Discovery w/Kelly & Maria


Well it’s the end of the year and that time where we are often prompted to look back on the last 12 months and “reflect” on how the year went. Was it good, was it bad, was it somewhere in between. Or did you say, “It’s already December! Where has the year gone?” In this show you'll get 5  techniques to empower you to reflect, do some self discovery and put you on the right track to living your dreams in the next 12 months. You can set yourself up for your best year yet! Photo Stock image.

#37: Lewis Pugh: North Pole Swimmer Pt. 2


 Most people would never consider a dive into the black, icy waters of the Antarctic, but Lewis Pugh is driven by a purpose that is bigger than himself and his own comfort. The endurance swimmer is on a mission to bring awareness to and save the oceans of the world. In Part II of his exclusive interview with Kelly Palace and Maria Parker, Pugh shares some of his successes so far and overcoming low points on the journey.  

#38: Kelly & Maria Holiday Survival Skills


Join Kelly and Maria for a discussion on lowering stress and finding more joy this holiday season. It doesn't all have to be stressful and chaotic - the holiday season is supposed to be fun. They’ll talk about some time tested strategies to avoid the holiday pitfalls of overindulging -- in food, gifts, entertaining and more.  Listen in for Kelly and Maria's 10 holiday hacks to make this year even more enjoyable for you and your loved ones.

#39: Lenny Krayzelburg, Gold Medal Businessman


 Lenny Krayzelburg is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, a Swim School franchise developer and General Manager of the L.A. Current, an International Swim League, ISL, founding team. In this exclusive and revealing interview, he talks about his use of gratitude to get through tough times and the importance of having a plan for career and all aspects of life. You'll find value in this episode whether you are a pro swimmer or a budding entrepreneur.  

#34: Leigh Ann Caldwell, Stress Reframed


What is the best way to deal with day to day stress? In this episode, NBC Political Reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell talks about dealing with stress and gives other valuable tools for success. Leigh Ann deals with adrenaline filled days often. As an NBC Capitol Correspondent who has millions of people watching, tight deadlines and is the mother of two young children, she knows a thing or two about stress. 

#35: Jack Bauerle, Nice Guys Finish First


 Learn from legendary swim coach Jack Bauerle how relationships can be key to success. Bauerle has been the head men’s and women’s swim coach at the University of Georgia for 40+ years and is known for being a "nice guy." In this interview, Bauerle talks about how friendships in his life have led to his success and shares some surprising passions and the importance of family. 

#36: Lewis Pugh, Driving Purpose, Part I


 How does Lewis Pugh dive in at such places as the North Pole and complete endurance swims in below-freezing water temperatures? He says he is motivated by his "driving purpose,” which is saving our oceans. His interview with Kelly Palace and Maria Parker is guaranteed to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and find your own purpose. Tune in to part one of this two-part exclusive interview with Lewis Pugh. 

#31 Ella Eastin: Practicing Patience


They say patience is a virtue.  You'll learn about patience in this show when we talk with one of the USA’s toughest swim stars and member of our National Team, Ella Eastin. Ella  has earned 12 NCAA Titles and is the first woman to 4-peat by winning the grueling 400 IM all of her college years at Stanford. We talk with Ella who after a couple of major setbacks is patiently waiting to make  her mark on the international long course scene. Ella is sponsored by Arena and a member of the LA Current Professional Swim Team

#32 Defeating Procrastination w/Kelly and Maria


Procrastination is something we all deal with at some point. Why do we procrastinate?  How can we stop procrastinating? How can we kick this bad habit for good? In this show Kelly and Maria will answer these questions and more and dig into the science of procrastination. You'll also hear some interesting and fun stories related to this valuable topic. 

#33 Margo Geer: Comeback Champion


You'll be inspired by this comeback interview. World Champion Swimmer and National Team Member, Margo Geer. Margo is on the comeback trail after taking a year out of the pool and having shoulder surgery in 2016 after the Olympic Trials and she’s back in a BIG WAY! Margo is currently one of the USA’s top sprint freestylers, a Professional Swimmer, sponsored by TYR and a member of the LA Current Professional Swim Team. 

#28 Taming Time Management


Should you schedule date night? A time honored topic, you'll enjoy listening to Kelly and Maria discuss the benefits, tips and tricks of time management and what you can do to make time management work for you. You'll hear some great actionable advice to use from day one to achieve your goals, including 5 steps you can take right away.  Photo iStock.

#29 Embracing Culture Change: David Marsh


2016 USA Women's Olympic Swim Coach David Marsh chose to make changes in his stellar career. Culture Change is key in moving teams forward. We'll discuss how to embrace change and tactics for using his techniques for success. Also we'll hear about his thoughts on his daughter's awesome swim career and his thoughts on what it takes to make an Olympic Team. Photo courtesy David Marsh.

#30 Responsibility to the Rescue


What does responsibility mean to you? It means different things to different people, but most people can agree that taking responsibility for our goals and our lives plays a big role in becoming our best selves.  You'll love this lively discussion between Kelly and Maria and what responsibility means to them and how it can help us all.  Photo iStock.

#25 Steadfast Strength: Madisyn Cox


What would you do if your world was turned upside down? Madisyn Cox is a Superstar Swimmer currently ranked #1 in the USA's in the 200 Individual Medley. In 2018 she overcame a huge obstacle to get back on track with her Olympic Dreams.  Most people wouldn't have bounced back like this strong Champion. Guaranteed, you will be inspired! Photo from Madisyn Cox. 

#26 The Power of Routines


Do you want to perform like a Champion in your everyday life? Then routines are a must for success. Kelly and Maria discuss the many benefits that having routines provide, including improving our Mental Health.  They also talk about some of the most popular routines for success, what routines they use and they even profile some interesting routines of Champions from various walks of life.  Tune in and grab some power for your day!

#27 Gold Medal Mindset: Ryan Held


Want a Gold Medal Mindset? We’re going to be talking with 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the world’s best sprint freestylers, Ryan Held. Ryan had a stellar NCAA career at North Carolina State University. Now Ryan is a 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 is very different than last. You'll hear in depth about Ryan's recent renewal! Photo by Cheryl Held.

#22 Mental Toughness Extra Effort: Dan Plesac


Ever heard of MTXE? You'll learn the secrets of Mental Toughness and Extra Effort from All-Star Major League Baseball Player and 10 year MLB broadcaster, Dan Plesac. You'll get tons of tips and tricks to use in your everyday life to get ahead. Dan even throws in a bit of his recent swimming routine! Maria and Kelly have a lively interview with this true Champion. Photo Credits: Left: Getty Images, Right: MLB Network

#23 Winning Perspective: Arthur Albiero


Learn the benefits of just taking  care of the next 5 minutes! Head Swim Coach for the Men's and Women's Team at the University of Louisville, Arthur Albiero, had the top combined, men's and women's program at the 2019 NCAA Championship finishing 4th in the women and 5th in the men. You'll hear his unique perspective on what it's taken to get there and on what it's like coaching his Superstar son, Nick. Photo of Coach Albiero and son Nick taken by Kelly Palace. at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Bloomington, IN.

#24 Eat Like a Champion


You'll be educated and (maybe) motivated to eat like a Champion when Kelly and Maria discuss the latest science behind the best way to eat to fuel our bodies for top performances, whether in sports or in life! Maria does the Ketogenic Diet and Kelly is a carb eater that loves Intermittent Fasting. This is not medical advice, but just two champions talking about how they eat. Photo by iStock.   

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#16 Conquering Performance Anxiety


Kelly and Maria discuss some great tips and tricks for dealing with performance anxiety, whether it is in sports or in life! They give you 5 techniques you an use. Photo of Kelly in 10 mile Kingdom Swim Race Start, taken by Matt Neighbor.

#17 Big Hearted Swimming: Zane Grothe


Whether you are a swimmer or not, you'll love this interview with American Distance Star, Zane Grothe who has a big heart. His wise perspective on his approach to his goals and the connections he has to others is inspirational! Photo by Kelly Palace

#18 A Champion's Imperfect Life: Summer Sanders


Few Olympic Champions have seen the post-athletics success of Summer Sanders. This businesswoman, wife and mother of  two has some great insights into life after spending the last year in Spain. Her interview will inspire you to embrace the imperfect! Photo by Erik Schlopy.

#19 Evoking Enthusiasm: Rowdy Gaines


Can enthusiasm change your life? Rowdy Gaines has rocked as an NBC & ESPN sports swimming analyst for the last 7 Summer Olympic Games (8th coming up) ! The Grand Ambassador of Swimming's thoughts on his enthusiasm may surprise you. In a candid and Rowdy Gaines style interview you will certainly be inspired and enjoy hearing from the Olympic Champion! Photo Credit, The LIMU Company

#20 Insecurity Detox with Trish Blackwell


Want to get some great tips on how to kick your insecurities to the curb and get more out of life?  Listen to our interview w/ Confidence Coach & Author of the book Insecurity Detox: A Breakout Plan to Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind, and Spirit, Trish Blackwell a former Division 1 Scholarship Swimmer, an Ironman Triathlete and a Duathlon World Team Member. Good Stuff!  Photo Trish Blackwell.

#21 Putting Joy in your life: Jeff Commings


Want more joy in your life? You'll love Kelly and Maria's interview with Jeff Commings:  Author, Broadcast personality, NCAA All-American, Olympic Trials Qualifier and Masters World Record Holder.  In 2010, Jeff published : Odd Man Out – An Autobiography, true stories of a gay black swimmer. We'll talk with this pioneer about the courage that he has demonstrated in and out of the pool. You won't want to miss his enthusiasm and advice on living a joyful life!

Photo, self portrait, Jeff Commings.

Episodes 15-10 In the next two rows

#10 Win by hitting small goals


You're going to want to tune in to Maria and Kelly's perspective about how short term goals really win the day. You'll hear the details of the harrowing trenches of RAAM w/Maria's famous "mailboxes" story. Kelly reveals how hitting small goals helped her through breast cancer. Photo by Lucia Parker.

#11 Winning Authentically: Braden Holloway


A road trip interview with Braden Holloway of NC STATE, one of the nations hottest swim coaches reveals how authenticity plays a big role in his success and his athletes'. And you'll hear some great advice for mastering your mindset.  Photo credit Caide Wooten/Techician.

#12 Motivation for Movement


This is one of the best episodes if you like great stories. Kelly and Maria discuss on how important moving is and the difference between that and exercise. You'll hear Kelly's amazing story of running out of NYC on September 11, 2001 and how Maria got her start as an adult athlete. Guaranteed to motivate you. Photo by Mark Palace.

#13 Achieving Excellence: Mark Bernardino


Legendary Swim Coach Mark Bernardino, Associate Head Coach at NC STATE University, imparts some amazing wisdom from over 40 years of coaching Champions. He discusses what he thinks makes a champion and tells some fantastic stories that will motivate you. Photo credit, SwimmingWorld.com

#14 Dealing w/Pain & Suffering


Nothing teaches you about pain and suffering better than endurance athletics. Kelly and Maria are both top endurance athletes and share with you some of their mojo for dealing with pain and suffering in both sports and life and how that can help you. Great stories you'll love! Photo of Kelly Palace swimming a Masters meet, by Mark Palace.

#15 Unfinished Business: Ray Looze


Ray Looze Head Men's and Women's Coach at Indian University has had amazing success as a swimmer and a Coach. He thinks his drive may be motivated by his own unfinished business.  Looze was on the USA 2016 Olympic Team Staff and coached seven 2016 Olympians. You'll love to hear his perspective. Photo Credit SwimmingWorld.com

#7 Team up for Success: Michael Andrew & Peter Andrew


World Champion Swimmer Michael Andrew and his father / coach Peter discuss working as a team and how we can build our own teams for success. And we get a peek into Michael's future goals. Photo by Kelly Palace.

#8 The necessity of Rest & Relaxation


Hear Maria's amazing story of her Race Across America van accident that knocked her out of the race and forced her to rest. And a great discussion on the benefits and tips for taking needed R&R. Photo by Jim Parker.

#9 Ginny King on raising Superstar Lilly King


Ginny King and her husband Mark are both athletes, Ginny swam in college. Besides Lilly their son Alex is also an NCAA D1 swimmer. You'll love this in depth discussion on the intentional, step wise parenting they gave their kids and some great insight into how Lilly developed into the star she is. Photo from IU.

Episodes 1-6 in the next two rows

#1 The obstacle is the path


Meet your hosts, Kelly and Maria who talk about how each has overcome adversity and give tips on how you can conquer challenges. They also briefly introduce each other to launch their #1 podcast. Photo by Jim Parker.

#2 Pump up your confidence


Kelly and Maria discuss how to pump up your confidence using  the CPR method- C elebrate, P ractice (find a) R ole Model -and they share some great stories.  Photo from iStock.


#3 Hannah Moore: Failure as Growth


How did Hannah Moore earn a Bronze medal at the 2019 World Championship 5K race? Going from 24th to 3rd in the last 700 meters? You'll hear her tough mindset in this great interview with Open Water National Team Member Hannah Moore and a discussion of making failure work for you. Photo by Kelly Palace.

#4 Regain Form after Illness or Injury: Mitzi Kremer


A candid interview with Olympic Swimming Medalist Mitzi Kremer (photo far R). Mitzi overcame much to achieve her Olympic dreams. Photo Florida Today Newspaper.

#6 Innovate for Success: Mel Stewart


A sterling interview with 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and the Co-Founder of SwimSwam, Mel Stewart. Much wisdom and take away from this innovative, dedicated businessman. Photo by Kelly Palace

#5 Getting Grit, Best Selling Author, Caroline Adams Miller


International Best Selling Author, Caroline Adams Miller discusses how we can get more grit into our lives and our children's lives. And what is good grit and bad grit. Photo from Caroline Miller.