Caroline Burckle is an Olympic Bronze Medalist Swimmer performing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 4 x 200m relay. She took gold in the 2007 Pan Am Games in the 800m freestyle, was the 2x NCAA champ, and was named the 2008 NCAA Swimmer of the Year.
But this is not a story of accolades. Titles and achievements do not define a person. In this episode, we look between the medals and at the person. Caroline takes us through the darker side of being an olympic athlete. We learn about the personal struggle of what to do after spending years preparing for a narrow window of opportunity.
We also discuss the strength in being vulnerable, mentoring, and generating a positive mindset in the face of adversity. I am proud of this conversation. Caroline is an honest, powerful, and unconquerable soul. I humbly thank you for listening.
Strength is a Choice,
3:05 Creativity and Fear “Fear doesn’t want you to do anything” -SM
*5:17 Strongest when faced with a challenge
7:33 Was swimming and the achievements a challenge for you?
15:10 What was it like for your parents when you made Olympic team?
19:30 “I had no idea who I was. I was lost. I was depressed. I was in a dark place.” This was in the six months after winning an Olympic medal.
21:00 Transitioning your identity after being a competitive athlete
The dark side of the Olympics
28:00 Have you found what you are looking for?
“I am more than just what dives in the pool and mermaids around.”
39:00 Heel injury
47:00 What is your injury teaching you?
1:03 The Why
1:07 The power of depression
1:09 How do you generate a positive mindset shift
*1:17 What is your brother most proud about you.
“Im so proud to be part of what my sister did.” -Clark Burckle
1:20 The Spirit of Battle
Links and References:
Carococo – Coconut oil infused with rosemary
RISE Athletes – An online mentoring platform that helps athletes achieve their goals by working one-on-one with an Olympian Mentor
Strike Movement – New athletic standards
2012 200m breaststroke – Clark Burckle