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Rebecca Soni Gives Insight to Exceeding Your Expectations as an Athlete

The SwimSwam Podcast

We sat down with 3x Olympic champion Rebecca Soni, the breaststroke legend who won back-to-back Olympic titles in the 200 breast. After seeing 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby take the title in the women's 100 breast, Soni compared Jacoby's reaction to what Soni felt when winning her first 200 breast title in 2008. Soni emphasizes that exceeding your expectations as an athlete at the top level is a very rare thing and something to be appreciated and enjoyed.SWIMSWAM PODCAST LINKS Click here to listen and subscribe on Spotify Click here to listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts Click here to listen and subscribe on Podbean Click here to listen and subscribe on Google Click here to listen and subscribe on YouTube Click here to listen and subscribe on Listen Notes Click here to listen and subscribe on Stitcher Click here to listen and subscribe on iHeartRadio Click here to listen and subscribe on Amazon Click here to listen and subscribe on Pandora Music: Otis McDonaldwww.otismacmusic.com


27 Jul 2021

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Rebecca Soni, Caroline Burckle on Mental Wellness Vs. Mental Fortitude

The SwimSwam Podcast

We sat down with Olympic icons and RISE Athlete Co-Founders Caroline Burckle and Rebecca Soni to speak about mental wellness vs. mental fortitude, especially as it relates to the US Olympic Trials and Olympic Games. Burckle and Soni both speak candidly about their experiences at both competitions and how, although they did have outlets to express their emotions in one way or another during their swimming careers, they wish there had been more of a conversation about mental wellness 10 years ago. Through RISE, Burckle and Soni are providing current athletes with mentors that will have the conversations relating to mental health and emotional awareness that the 2 Olympians missed out on. You can visit RISE Athletes here. SWIMSWAM PODCAST LINKS Click here to listen and subscribe on Spotify Click here to listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts Click here to listen and subscribe on Podbean Click here to listen and subscribe on Google Click here to listen and subscribe on YouTube Click here to listen and subscribe on Listen Notes Click here to listen and subscribe on Stitcher Click here to listen and subscribe on iHeartRadio Click here to listen and subscribe on Amazon Click here to listen and subscribe on Pandora Music: Otis McDonaldwww.otismacmusic.com


9 Jul 2021

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Rebecca Soni: Life's Transitions: Find Comfort in Discomfort, Episode #105, 3-2-21

Champion's Mojo

Going through a life transition? How can you understand yourself as an athlete? A non-athlete? It is about so much more than the physical, tangible metrics. Rebecca Soni, wants to find ease within effort and inspire others to do the same. An Olympic gold medalist, former world-record holder and co-founder of mentorship program RISE Athletes, she joins the show to discuss aspects of athleticism and post athleticism, such as positive psychology, mindset development. Rebecca also gives examples of how she finds joy and confidence by embracing the present.MORE ABOUT REBECCA SONIRebecca Soni has earned 22 medals in major international swimming competitions, making a name for herself in the 2008 Olympics when she won a gold medal in the 200 meter breaststroke, setting a new world record. In 2012, she came back and defended her title-breaking her own world record and becoming the first woman ever to break 2:20 seconds in the event.Rebecca and her friend Caroline Burkle started RISE Athletes in 2015, a mentorship program.  After retiring from professional swimming Rebecca was learning more about aspects of performance she hadn’t even consciously known during her professional swimming career like mindfulness, breathing, yoga and body position. She wanted to share this with young athletes.  Through RISE, Rebecca and Caroline -- along with a team of elite athletes -- are mentoring and training the next generation of young athletes, working with them 1:1 to discover their power in sport and life.  Episode Topics and MentionsRISE Athlete MentoringCaroline BurcklePilatesPositive psychologyMindset developmentBody awarenessEgoConfidenceTrail runningSelf-focusJournalingHeart conditionWay of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan MillmanLilly KingDepression and Anxiety Toolkit for AthletesTakeawaysMariaRemind yourself that transitions are hard, even joyful ones, so give yourself grace.Be in the moment and observe the joy in the things right in front of you.KellyListen to your inner voice and then let go of everything else -- allow yourself to flow.Connecting with other beings can ground you.Quote of the Week“Making space in my life for the simple things has drastically helped me to just connect into myself and feel more grounded.” -- Rebecca SoniSubscribe to the Champion's Mojo podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Play.Have something you want to share with us? Email it to hello@championsmojo.com.Support the showPlease leave us a review on Apple, so others can find us! https://www.ChampionsMojo.com/ for all things Champion’s Mojo. Finally, we’d love to hear from you at hello@championsmojo.com

1hr 9mins

2 Mar 2021

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SwimSwam Podcast: Rebecca Soni on Finding Your Rhythm as a Breaststroker

The SwimSwam Podcast

We sat down with Rebecca Soni, one of the greatest breaststrokers of our generation. She talked about age-group swimming, making the transition to Dave Salo after her freshman year at USC, and training with breaststroke champions Jessica Hardy and Yulia Efimova. Soni also goes deep into what is essential for being consistent with your training in breaststroke, even when it's feeling out of rhythm. Click here to listen and subscribe on Spotify Click here to listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts Click here to listen and subscribe on Podbean Click here to listen and subscribe on Google Click here to listen and subscribe on YouTube Music: Otis McDonald www.otismacmusic.com


31 Jul 2020

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Rebecca Soni

Ultimate Swimmer

To start off the week, we welcome Rebecca Soni to the podcast! A six-time Olympic medalist, former world-record holder, and the first woman ever to break the 2:20 barrier in the 200 Meter Breaststroke, Rebecca is one of the best breaststrokers of all-time! Rebecca speaks on both her triumphs and struggles on her way to success, we hope you enjoy!

1hr 2mins

27 Apr 2020

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Rebecca Soni - Not Just Rebecca the Swimmer


Have a topic you want to hear discussed on Humbled, or have a question? Email us at hello@humbledpodcast.com! You can find the Humbled team on Instagram:@humbledpodcast@kharaldsdottir People mentioned:Michael Phelps- @m_phelps00Caroline Burckle- @caroburckleKatie Ledecky- @katieledeckyDana Vollmer- @dana.vollmerMissy Franklin- @missyfranklin88Ruta Meilutyte- https://swimswam.com/lithuanian-olympic-champion-ruta-meilutyte-retires-at-age-22/USC Swimming- @uscswimLink to 200m breaststroke WR race in 2012 London Olympics- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koGygGfyvzQPositive psychology- https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/positive_psychology_in_practiceRISE Athletes- http://www.rise-athletes.com/mentoringKundalini yoga- https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/kundalini-yoga-101-everything-you-wanted-to-know Show Notes:Rebecca talks about the the role being athlete played when she was a kid, and how being an athlete quickly became her identity when she was young. [4:40]Why did Rebecca push herself so hard to swim when she was a young? [5:45]Rebecca’s road to swimming at USC on a full scholarship and how her college experience was shaped by swimming. [6:05]What was it like to go to the Beijing Olympics as a college student, and come home with three Olympic medals? [7:00]The Beijing Olympics coincided with Twitter’s rise. What was it like to be on the US swimming team at a time when it was rocketing to fame with teammates like Michael Phelps, and your popularity was directly correlated to your medal? [11:00]What it was like to go back to college swimming after the 2008 Olympics. [12:08]Rebecca needs to decide if she’s going to go for another Olympic cycle after she finishes college. She didn’t have any other obvious options, but eventually decided to keep training for the next Olympics and try to break the world record in the 200m breaststroke while hiking a mountain in Honolulu. [13:10]Going into the 2012 Olympics, Soni was pretty sure it was her last Olympic cycle. She didn’t know what was coming after retirement, but how did she know she was done training? After seeing how the media treated star athletes, Rebecca realized she could never really win. [15:38]Rebecca’s sponsorship deals made it possible for her to swim professionally, but they all came at a cost. [17:33]What it was like to feel like tying her worth into her swimming performance, and feeling like she wasn’t living up to the athlete identity she had been given. [19:00]How gracious Rebecca is to Ruta, who ended up winning gold in the 100m breastroke at the 2012 London Olympics.She describes that race as the perfect example of how great the Olympics are. [20:00]Rebecca describes how she got through her mental block leading up to the 200m breaststroke final at the 2012 Olympics, which ultimately led to her interest in positive psychology and mindset in sport. “I don’t know how, but I’m going to do it anyway.” [21:05]Rebecca describes being shocked that she broke the world record in the 200m breastroke, and realizing that she was the first woman to break 2:20 in the event. [24:17]How the 2012 Olympic experience was a little more fun than her first Olympics. [25:45]After London, Soni was living in LA getting invites to media events, but did not want to attend any of them [16:40]What was it like to leave a sport to which she had assigned her identity? “To lose or shift an identity is excruciating.” How she spent the first few months after retiring, grappling with the fact that she didn’t know the answer to the question, “What do you do?” [27:30]Who was Rebecca outside of “Rebecca the Swimmer?” [29:10]How Rebecca began to explore who else she was outside of her athlete identity, and realizing the huge role that swimming played in her life. [30:45]As Rebecca looked back on her career, she began to get curious about how she became so dominant in a sport where she was not at an obvious physical advantage. She became interested in the role of mindset and positive psychology. [31:38]How Rebecca’s interest in positive psychology and experience during her swimming career led her to start RISE Athletes in order to help young athletes develop the mental side of the game. [32:00]Rebecca discusses the importance of hiring Olympians at RISE in order to give them the experience of mentoring the future generation of athletes, and how that benefits both the mentors and mentees in confidence. [33:45]Does Rebecca have more moving on to do? [34:40]Rebecca is now reflecting on the pressure she places on herself to give back to athletics, even though it has never been asked of her. Is it because she doesn’t know her value anywhere else? [35:15]Emotions. Why were they suppressed during Rebecca’s swimming career? And what was the process of getting more in touch with her emotions after she retired? [37:00]What it was like for Rebecca to lean into her more feminine side (and she’s not talking about male vs. female, but allowing herself to find softness in herself and giving herself space to back off.) [39:45]How emotions in sport are traditionally not given much value, which led to Rebecca suffocating her emotions, resulting in inevitable blowups. She is now working hard to value her emotions (and herself). [41:30]How Rebecca found yoga and really got into the philosophy of yoga. [45:00]What’s Rebecca’s relationship now with her athlete identity? [48:20]In terms of what’s next, Rebecca really believes that she needs to experience the death of what was in order to experience the birth of what’s coming. [51:50]How Rebecca structures her life now. [53:25]


28 Jan 2020

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Episode 71 : Rebecca Soni on Training yourself to FEEL while discovering PURPOSE.

Just Bein' Honest

On this Episode, number 71, of the “Just Bein’ Honest” Podcast, I am discussing with Six-Time Olympic Medalist, Rebecca Soni about how she went from ROBOT to re-shaping her FEMININE side. Rebecca Soni, is an American former competition swimmer and breaststroke specialist who is a six-time Olympic medalist. She is a former world record-holder in the 100-meter breaststroke (short and long course) and the 200-meter breaststroke (short and long course), and is the first woman to swim the 200-meter breaststroke in under 2 minutes 20 seconds. As a member of the U.S. national team, she currently holds the world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay (long course). Transitioning from the pool, to mentoring athletes as a business woman through RISE ATHLETES, she practices the art of “balance” in giving herself love and spreading it to the younger generation. Rebecca’s story is amazing and is continuing to unfold magically. I find that uncovering the hard “shell” reveals so much clarity as to what one’s PURPOSE truly lies beneath. Keep shedding those layers, Reb. I am so grateful to share Reb’s knowledge and complete awareness for healing with you all. Turn up the volume and take notes, this is the “Just Bein’ Honest” Podcast! Glamour and fame is often at times perceived as something that stands as “success”, but what about all of those DEEP, DARK, DEPTHS within your soul? That, my friends is where I personally believe the BEAUTY is. One of my favorite takeaways from Reb is that she walks through life as though she knows NOTHING. When you approach each experience and situation as it is the FIRST, then you get to savor every moment it has to offer. I hope you all got a lot of value out of this episode today, and thank you so much for hanging out with me. And if you did, please make sure to share this out with your friends and family on social media, and you can tag me @JustBeinHonestKB , I’m so grateful of your support and love to see that. And please make sure to head over to iTunes to SUBSCRIBE to the “Just Bein’ Honest” Podcast, and leave us a rating to let everybody know that the show is fabulous. You have the power to help us bring to you even better content and guests each and every week! And as always I appreciate you so much, until next time, thanks for joining in. ————————————————— Follow ME - "KB" on my journey through LIFE: @JustBeinHonestKB Website - Just Bein' Honest Follow Rebecca Soni - @rebventures @riseathletes Kiss Kiss, Hug Hug - Much of Many my little honesters! This is True Food for Thought + I'm Just Bein' Honest... Always. xoxo kb Please SUBSCRIBE to our PODCAST on iTunes and give us a 5 star rating - We would be honored and so grateful. www.JustBeinHonest.com Show Sponsor : JUST BEIN' HONEST (KB's LIFESTYLE DESIGN) Today’s Podcast of the “Just Bein’ Honest” Podcast is brought to you by JUST BEIN' HONEST (KB's LIFESTYLE DESIGN) ! JUST BEIN' HONEST (KB's LIFESTYLE DESIGN) wants you to know that "DISEASE" stems from always trying to PLEASE, but the SOUL is where your truth speaks. When you let your soul be the guide, that is when you are at your most powerful. I (KB) am your lifestyle designer. Your advisor for - HEALTH, WELLNESS, TRAVEL and DOMESTIC everyday LIFESTYLE PRACTICES. I unveil your TRUTH and the choices you have to cultivate the life that you want. Are you ready to live your most AUTHENTIC and WELL-CURATED LIFESTYLE? I'd like to offer you a head-start on your journey toward healthy and authentic living. Say - "JBHFREE" - when you schedule your first appointment and receive your FIRST DISCOVERY CALL - - - FREE! {Please send me an E-mail to get started today!} katherine@justbeinhonest.com

1hr 13mins

9 Jun 2019

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Flow in Swimming with Rebecca Soni

Flow Seekers

Have you ever wondered how an Olympian finds flow even when the stakes are so high? Join us as we explore finding flow in the pool with six time Olympic medalist, Rebecca Soni. 


9 Apr 2019

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Finding Joy with Rebecca Soni

The WHY Blog

What made me into the great athlete I was?”   There are times in every person’s life where one feels lost. Maybe it’s right after college when you get out into the “real world” with a degree and dreams of an amazing life and no clue where to start. Possibly it’s in your middle age where you’re in the process of rediscovering who you are after the kids leave home. Or maybe you were once an olympic athlete and are seeking more than just the identity of an olympian. Wherever you are, it’s okay to feel lost. It’s okay to not know where you’re going.   I wanted to be the author of my story.”   Rebecca Soni is a 6x Olympic medalist having competed at both the Beijing and London Olympics. However, after leaving the title of Olympic swimmer behind at 25, Rebecca felt a huge loss and had no clue what to do next. Her whole identity up until that point was wrapped up in being a swimmer. In this new space, Rebecca began to reach out to other athletes and begin her own process of self reflection. Here, she began to become the author of her own story. You are way more than the person that is just performing.”   In 2015, Soni reconnected with another olympic swimmer who was experiencing similar feelings of identity crisis. It was then that Rebecca Soni and Caroline Burckle joined forces to bring RISE Athletes to life. From Rebecca’s journey she wanted the space to help mentor the youth through the mental aspects of becoming an athlete. Reflecting back on her own story, she recalled moments of suppressing feelings and emotions. Through RISE Rebecca strives to guide young athletes towards the tools to accept and allow these emotions and to better understand their own ‘user manuals’ in sport and life.   The WHY / / Finding joy in the day to day   Enjoy Rebecca’s journey as she dives into her life as an Olympic swimmer, transitioning into her own curiosity for life, and the process of starting and owning a business.   [ Listen to Caroline's Podcast here ]   Follow Rebecca’s Journey: RISE Website RISE Instagram RISE Facebook


22 May 2018

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Ep. 105 - Mentoring the Next Gen of Athletes & Allowing Your Purpose to Change - with Olympians Caroline Burckle & Rebecca Soni of RISE Athletes

The Impact Entrepreneur

Caroline Burckle and Rebecca Soni are both successful Olympic athletes-turned-entrepreneurs. In 2015, they Co-Founded RISE Athletes with an ambitious goal: to create a community for cultivating, creating, and discussing things that would uplift them, their peers, and the next generation of athletes. It’s not just a worthwhile goal – I love the way they are accomplishing it. RISE is an all-inclusive mentorship and education platform. When someone signs up, they will receive weekly face-to-face video meetings with their very own Olympic Mentor, an accountability partner who can reinforce positive habits, cultivate a positive mindset for performance, and help you overcome obstacles in sport and life. I don’t know if getting a knowledgeable and supportive mentor has ever been more accessible. There’s a lot of talk these days about the power of having a Why. However, I think that before you can have a Why or a What, you need to feel worthy of one – and that starts with belief, or loving yourself. And self-belief is one of the greatest gifts that a mentor can give their mentee. When Rebecca was a young athlete in training, she didn’t necessarily sit down to consider what she was capable of. But she did know that her coach saw a lot more in her than she did at the time. “In a way, it took a lot of pressure off of me,” because we trust our mentors and what they say is possible. When Rebecca’s coach said that she would be the first woman to break 2:20 in the 200 breaststroke, it didn’t make any sense to her – but 10 years later, that’s exactly what happened. Caroline had almost the same experience. “And it wasn’t necessarily the thing he was telling me, but the belief and the feeling that I was being supported, that someone believed in me, and that I was significant.” Caroline, Rebecca, and all of the mentors at RISE seek to provide that same level of support and belief to all of their mentees. Because regardless of the outcome, when we know that we have someone in our corner, that goes a long way towards achieving greatness. -- Resources: Learn more at RISE-athletes.com Connect with Caroline: CarolineBurckle.com | Instagram | Facebook Connect with Rebecca: RebeccaSoni.com | Instagram | Facebook Read: Surf Shacks: An Eclectic Compilation of Surfers' Homes from Coast to Coast -- We are brought to you by the Lawton Marketing Group, a full service advertising and design agency serving companies and entrepreneurs at all levels. The are your one stop shop for all your website, logo, social media, print, app design and reputable management needs. Visit LawtonMG.com for more info. -- The Impact Entrepreneur Show is produced by Podcast Masters

1hr 11mins

26 Mar 2018