I Have Cool Friends
By Samantha Peszek
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Samantha Peszek is on a mission to connect athletes, coaches, and parents with the best resources the gymnastics world has to offer. Utilizing Samantha’s gymnastics network (she really does have cool friends), guests will be experts in their field and shed a light on hot topics, tips for improvement, and inspiration. Listeners will have the opportunity to learn from some of the sport’s greats, participate in giveaways, and apply relevant tips to everyday life, in and out of the gym.
||CleanBonus Episode 3 - Nastia Liukin - The Year of New Beginnings||Sam welcomes to the podcast close friend and former 2008 Olympic and 2007 World Championship teammate, Nastia Liukin. Nastia’s gymnastics accomplishments include the 2008 Olympic all-around champion, five-time Olympic medalist, the 2005 and 2007...||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode 2 - Chellsie Memmel - Transparency and the Future of USA Gymnastics||Sam welcomes to the podcast close friend and former 2008 Olympic teammate, Chellsie Memmel. Chellsie’s gymnastics accomplishments include being the 2003 world champion on the uneven bars and the 2005 world all-around champion; just the third...||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode 1 - Alicia Sacramone Quinn - Gymnasts Aren’t Like a Fine Wine||Sam welcomes to the podcast former Olympic teammate and close friend, Alicia Sacramone Quinn. Alicia is a former American gymnast who is also the second-most decorated American gymnast in World Championship history, netting ten medals during her...||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013 - Recapping Season 1||In the Season 1 recap episode, Sam reflects on all of her “cool friends” and the lessons she learned while having them on as guests. Sam divulges the goal of her podcast, which is to educate and inspire while covering topics related to gymnastics...||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012 Shawn Johnson - The Journey to the Olympics, Our Friendship, and Our Lives Now||Sam welcomes to the podcast former Olympic teammate and close friend, Shawn Johnson. Shawn is a former American gymnast who won a gold medal for the balance beam and silver in team, all-around, and floor exercise at the 2008 Summer Olympics in...||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011 Amanda Borden - Confidence, the Olympics, and Being a Gym Mom||Amanda Borden is a retired American gymnast, Olympian, coach, gym owner, and gym mom to three kids. After being coached by Mary Lee Tracy, Amanda was the captain of the gold medal winning team, the Magnificent Seven, in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games,...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010 Betty Okino - Redefining Success and the Future of Gymnastics||Betty Okino is a former American artistic gymnast and Olympic medalist who was born in Uganda to a Ugandan father and a Romanian mother. As a result, she is fluent in Romanian. Growing up, she trained with Márta and Béla Károlyi in Houston. She was..||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009 Jordyn Wieber - Achieving a Utopian Gymnastics World||Jordyn Wieber is a former American artistic gymnast and was a member of the US Women’s Gymnastics Team, the Fierce Five. Some of her achievements include being a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, 2011 World Champion, three-time American Cup champion, and...||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008 Brandon Wynn - Fitness Begins with a Bulletproof Mindset||Brandon Wynn is an artistic gymnast from New Jersey. He is a member of the US World and National Team and competed in gymnastics for The Ohio State University. At the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Brandon won a Bronze medal on Still...||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007 Laurie Hernandez - Human vs Perfect||Laurie Hernandez is a 2016 Olympic gold medalist who has also won an Olympic silver medal on beam, won season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, was featured on an episode of Stuck in the Middle, and is only 18 years old. At 16, Laurie became the youngest...||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006 Nicole Jontony - How Gymnasts Can Build a Healthy Relationship with Food||Nicole Jontony was a former elite collegiate gymnast at Ohio State, has helped her team make it to the NCAA championships during her senior year, and is currently a sports dietitian at The Ohio State University. Recently, Nicole was selected as the...||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005 Dr. Alison Arnold - Fighting Fear||Alison Arnold, also known as “Doc Ali” in the gymnastics world, has a more than interesting resume. She has a PhD in Psychology, is a former gymnast, and has been on trips to a monastery in Nepal, Peru, and Thailand, as well as in the jungle of...||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004 Madison Kocian - Gold Medal Winning Olympian, Madison Kocian, Sets the Bar High for Gymnastics||Madison Kocian’s reputation precedes her—her numerous accolades are just a representation of her hard-working, determined, and accomplished self. Some of her awards include winning the team gold medal with the “Final Five” and the uneven bars...||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003 Jill Hicks - The Ins and Outs of College Recruiting||Jill Hicks, known as the “College Recruiting Expert” tells us in this episode about her journey with college gymnastics as well as some advice for parents, coaches, and aspiring young gymnasts. Over time, the college recruiting process for...||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002 Valorie Kondos-Field - Miss Val: An Unconventional Coach||Sam has had some amazing people help her in her journey to becoming a top gymnast, but one of the most important has to be Valorie Kondos-Field, otherwise known as Miss Val. As coach at UCLA, she led them to win 7 national championships. Her book,...||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001 Mary Lee Tracy - How To Reach Your Athletic Peak||If you aspire to be fantastic gymnast like Samantha Peszek, you need an equally great coach. In this episode, Sam welcomes Mary Lee Tracy, a coach who has taught gymnastic legends such as Jaycie Phelps, Amanda Borden, and Amelia Hundley. Mary...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to I Have Cool Friends||Samantha Peszek is on a mission to connect athletes, coaches, and parents with the best resources the gymnastics world has to offer. Utilizing Samantha’s gymnastics network, (she really does have cool friends) guests will be experts in their field...||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I am a lifelong gymnast and gymnastics fan. Sam does an amazing job of bringing us the inside scoop on the gymnastics world from club to elite. Keep up the amazing work!!!
Loving this podcast. Season two please! 😘
I am an ex-gymnast & the same age as Sam- I love keeping up with the sport & getting to hear from the experts & amazing athletes! Love this podcast! Keeps my inner gymnast-self alive.