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 going into this big Olympic year.
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.
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
University of Louisville
Coach Arthur Albiero
Louisville Pro Rehab
Mary T. Meagher
Swimming World Cup
FCA - Fellowship of Christian Athletes
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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