EP. 46: A Conversation with Open Water Swimming Olympian Alex Meyer

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Alex Meyer is a former American competition swimmer who specialized in open water and long-distance swimming. He won a gold medal at the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in the 25-kilometer open water event. He was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team, and placed tenth in the 10-kilometer open water event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Alex won his final race before retirement, the 62nd Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean held on July 30, 2016.
We talk about Alex’s origin story with swimming and what drew him to open water vs. pool competition swimming. We talk about the swimming accomplishment he is most proud of.
Alex talks about his decision to swim in the Ivy league and describes what training was like as a division 1 swimmer.
We talk about what the Olympic trials is like for an open water swimmer and how Alex felt upon making the team. Alex walks through the 2012 Olympics and discusses his feelings about his performance and whether he has any regrets.
Alex gives his advice to triathletes and other open water swimmers on becoming better swimmers in the open water and getting beyond fear.
Finally, Alex sums up his swimming experience and talks about what he’s up to now and how he channels his competitive drive. We talk about what he’s excited about in swimming after watching the last Olympics and looking forward to the next one.
About Alex Meyer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Meyer_(swimmer)
Alex Meyer’s Instagram
https://instagram.com/alexmeyerswims
Alex Meyer’s Swimming World Rankings
https://www.marathonswimrankings.com/
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