Chat with Summer Sanders
Following her swimming career, Sanders hosted many TV shows, including "NBA Inside Stuff."
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, four-time Olympic medalist Summer Sanders stops by to chat about her Olympic experience as the London Games are five months away.
Sanders was the most decorated U.S. swimmer at the 1992 Barcelona Games, winning two gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Prior to the Olympics, she led Stanford to the 1992 NCAA championship and was named the 1991 and 1992 NCAA swimmer of the year.
To help support U.S. Olympic team, Sanders has joined Kellogg Company's Team Kelloggs, a group of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic legends, champions and hopefuls. The team will share their personal nutrition habits, including favorite breakfast routines that help them get their day started.
Send your questions now and join Sanders Friday at 1 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (12:57 PM)
Matt (Sandusky, OH)
What is your favorite stroke in swimming, back, breast, butterfly, or freestyle?
Summer Sanders (12:58 PM)
My favorite was backstroke. That was because I could actually look around at things beside the black line. I grew up in northern California where pools were outdoors. It was the closest I could get to running and take in your surroundings. But my best was butterfly.Del Edit
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who is the Best Swimmer that you have seen besides yourself?
Summer Sanders (1:00 PM)
I can go to different generations. I think people need to remember the name Tracy Caulkins. She might be the only one to win every single event at U.S. nationals. Every distance, every stroke. 50m, 1500m, 200m. Her Olympics was 1980, but came back in 1984. America is about to fall in love with Missy Franklin, a 16 year old from Denver. She's not only phemomenal in the pool, but she is wise beyond her years. Playful, fun, full of personality. Going to be one of the best athletes to watch at the Games.
Saw you on the Food Network show Rachel vs. Guy. How does getting judged by great cooks on a quick fire-type dish compare to swimming in front of thousands of people?
Summer Sanders (1:02 PM)
I will say I have never been under so much pressure as I was on that show. It was INTENSE! I think the reason why I felt more pressure and more intense was because I was prepared for my races at the Games. There was no question I put in the work and knew what I was doing. On that show, there were times I knew I was in over my head. All I could do is laugh.
Summer Sanders (1:02 PM)
But I have to say that there are some things I took from that show. My daily routine hasn't changed. I still start my day with cornflakes, I just get more adventurous come evening time.
how excited are you to team up with Kelloggs?
Summer Sanders (1:04 PM)
I love it! To be a part of such a great organization that is behind our U.S. Olympic team is an honor. As a mom right now, the most important meal of the day always has been breakfast. Team Kelloggs is not only sponsoring the Olymipc team and several athletes, they're really the start to everyone's day. Over in London, I'm going to be stoked. I catch the Olympic fever like the flu. Come July, I will have a wardrobe of only red white and blue.I love it! I have always loved the Olympic Games!
Summer Sanders (1:05 PM)
Jordan Webber has a big competition starting tomorrow. Secretly for me, that will be cool because my daughter loves gymnastics.
Did you ever think during your career, you could transfer that into your career that you've had?
Summer Sanders (1:06 PM)
For as long as I wanted to compete in the Olympics and complete that dream, I wanted to do something in TV. My best friend and I dreamed about having a sitcom like Kate and Ally. Once I left the love for my sport, I immediately had another career that I have today. I feel very lucky.
Summer, how much fun did you guys have working on inside stuff? I would guess a ton.
Summer Sanders (1:07 PM)
That was one of the best jobs in the world. It went beyond basketball. It was your all access to these NBA players' lives. There was only one player that wasn't awesome and I was there for 9 years. I went into Jerry Stackhouses house. Steve Nash showed me some soccer moves. I worked out with a lot of them. I miss it! It was a fun job. I will say it, there is nothing like being on the floor of an NBA Finals. It's electric. You can absolutely feel it. It's so exciting.
What do you think ar the main reasons that swimming times just continue to improve? Are the athletes just that much stronger, better? Or are we seeing a stronger drive now to break those records?
Summer Sanders (1:09 PM)
I always look at records as they're meant to be broken. I too look at the times and think how can athletes continue to get faster. Look at the 100m in track, can they really get faster? It proves the power of an athletes' mind. When they focus on a goal which is a time, you can achieve it. Nutrition has gotten better. Science has gotten better. In my era, it was the more yardage you did. Now they've gotten more creative in the workouts and the diversity of the athletes. It's a fabulous combination. Creative, genius people will pop into your sport and help you get better, that's what's great about sport.
Summer Sanders (1:10 PM)
But it still took 36 years for Michael Phelps to come along after Mark Spitz. I think his records will stick around for a while, just like Janet Evans' did.
Summer Sanders (1:10 PM)
It continually amazes me how fast these athletes are and how they continue to get better.
favorite kellogs cereal?
Summer Sanders (1:11 PM)
I am a Cracklin Oat Bran girl. It's a cereal that doesn't require milk. You can snack on it all day. I put it in bags and bring it on airplanes. Thank God for college, because it introduced me to cereal mixing. We have so many cereals in our cupboards. I can eat cereal morning noon and night. It's a great snack option for me as a mom.
favorite overall olympic event?
Summer Sanders (1:14 PM)
Favorite overall event is swimming. For finals, generally for a relay. I love U.S. relays. There is such pride on the line. The greatest of moments show up. I remember those team moments when we had a relay. Non-swimming, by far, beach volleyball. Team Kelloggs has Kerri Walsh. It's away from everything else of traditional sport. There is music blaring. People come to play and party. It's a rocking, exciting atmosphere. There is dancing. Imagine a venue where between 100m in track and field, they're asking everyone to get up and dance to the Rolling Stones.
Summer Sanders (1:16 PM)
Thank you so much! Continue to support all of our Olympians. If you want to learn more about Team Kelloggs, go to Facebook.com/Kelloggs.