Michael Klim Is An Olympic Swimming Legend

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Michael Klim Is An Olympic Swimming Legend

The Rich Roll Podcast

“You can't rest on your laurels. You have to be constantly evolving.”

Michael Klim

What exactly does it take to become an Olympic legend?

Every elite athlete is devoted to mastering their craft. Some even strike gold on the world's largest stage. And every once in a while, we witness standout performances in consecutive Olympiads. But it's the rare specimen that can compete at the very highest level of sport across three Olympic Games to retire a legend.

Meet Michael Klim.

Awarded the medal of the Order of Australia (sort of like being knighted), Michael is indisputably one of Australia's most famous and celebrated athletes in a land that revers competitive swimming. A three-time Olympian with a slew of World Records, Olympic Gold Medals and World Championship titles to his name, he was part of a star-studded group of swimmers that took Australia back to the top of swimming in the late 1990’s & aughts — a group that included standouts like Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, Keiren Perkins, Leisel Jones, Libby Trickett, Stephanie Rice, and Susie O’Neill.

One of the stars of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Michael is perhaps best known as instrumental in Australia’s thrilling 4x100m relay victory, unleashing a world record lead off swim to win his first gold on the first night. Michael’s achievements also include:

* '96 Atlanta Olympics: Bronze, 4x100m Medley Relay

* '98 World Championships: 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

* '99: 2 World Records (100m Butterfly)

* '00 Sydney Olympics: 2 Gold, 2 Silver & 2 World Records

* '01 World Championships: 2 Gold & 1 World Record

* '04 Athens Olympics: 1 Silver

* '07 World Championships: 1 Gold

Quite the successful entrepreneur after hanging up his budgie smugglers (click here for the Cambridge Dictionary definition), Michael is now the founder and managing director of a skin care line called Milk & Co. and conducts life optimization retreats under the banner Chosen Experiences.

This is a conversation about Michael's extraordinary life as a lauded athlete, entrepreneur and parent.

We cover his mental and physical success equation: the hows and whys behind his ascension to the very peak of elite Olympic performance. What was required of him to not just win, but keep winning. We discuss how he approaches high pressure scenarios. We cover his approach to remaining fit and how he parents his children. And we conclude with how he transitioned from decorated Olympian to successful entrepreneur — a pivot most professional athletes struggle with upon retirement.

But most of all, this is a conversation about what is required to live a life of mastery, with more than a few critical takeaways you can implement into your own life.

A personal hero of mine for as long as I can recall, I followed Michael's journey from the beginning. So it was a thrill for me to finally connect with him for this deep dive into his career and what makes him tick.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the conversation.

Full video version >>> http://bit.ly/klimvideo

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“You can't rest on your laurels. You have to be constantly evolving.”

Michael Klim

What exactly does it take to become an Olympic legend?

Every elite athlete is devoted to mastering their craft. Some even strike gold on the world's largest stage. And every once in a while, we witness standout performances in consecutive Olympiads. But it's the rare specimen that can compete at the very highest level of sport across three Olympic Games to retire a legend.

Meet Michael Klim.

Awarded the medal of the Order of Australia (sort of like being knighted), Michael is indisputably one of Australia's most famous and celebrated athletes in a land that revers competitive swimming. A three-time Olympian with a slew of World Records, Olympic Gold Medals and World Championship titles to his name, he was part of a star-studded group of swimmers that took Australia back to the top of swimming in the late 1990’s & aughts — a group that included standouts like Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, Keiren Perkins, Leisel Jones, Libby Trickett, Stephanie Rice, and Susie O’Neill.

One of the stars of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Michael is perhaps best known as instrumental in Australia’s thrilling 4x100m relay victory, unleashing a world record lead off swim to win his first gold on the first night. Michael’s achievements also include:

* '96 Atlanta Olympics: Bronze, 4x100m Medley Relay

* '98 World Championships: 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

* '99: 2 World Records (100m Butterfly)

* '00 Sydney Olympics: 2 Gold, 2 Silver & 2 World Records

* '01 World Championships: 2 Gold & 1 World Record

* '04 Athens Olympics: 1 Silver

* '07 World Championships: 1 Gold

Quite the successful entrepreneur after hanging up his budgie smugglers (click here for the Cambridge Dictionary definition), Michael is now the founder and managing director of a skin care line called Milk & Co. and conducts life optimization retreats under the banner Chosen Experiences.

This is a conversation about Michael's extraordinary life as a lauded athlete, entrepreneur and parent.

We cover his mental and physical success equation: the hows and whys behind his ascension to the very peak of elite Olympic performance. What was required of him to not just win, but keep winning. We discuss how he approaches high pressure scenarios. We cover his approach to remaining fit and how he parents his children. And we conclude with how he transitioned from decorated Olympian to successful entrepreneur — a pivot most professional athletes struggle with upon retirement.

But most of all, this is a conversation about what is required to live a life of mastery, with more than a few critical takeaways you can implement into your own life.

A personal hero of mine for as long as I can recall, I followed Michael's journey from the beginning. So it was a thrill for me to finally connect with him for this deep dive into his career and what makes him tick.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the conversation.

Full video version >>> http://bit.ly/klimvideo

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