Episode 46

What It's Like to Be an Olympian with Gary Hall Jr.

Whether for his accomplishments in the pool or his personality outside of it, Gary Hall Jr. is simply unforgettable. You probably remember him as a U.S. swimmer for the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics, where he won a total of 10 medals, five of them gold. And if you don't remember him for that, then you probably remember his pregame warmups, which included shadow boxing and plenty of bicep flexing. 

Gary joins the show to give us an inside look at the Olympics. What's it like to be born into a family of hugely successful swimmers? What's the deal with athletes using nutritional supplements all the time nowadays? Do they actually work? Does early specialization really help kids achieve greatness at higher levels? 

It's a fun, informative, and fast-paced interview you won't want to miss. Listen in to see why Gary says, "It's the athlete who has fun that wins, not the athlete that wins who has fun."

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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at [email protected]

Release Date: Dec 08 2015