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Summer Sanders Biography

Began Swimming, Breakthrough At Olympic Trials, Chronology, Swam For Stanford, Shined At The OlympicsCONTACT INFORMATION, SELECTED WRITINGS BY SANDERS:


American swimmer

In the early 1990s, American Summer Sanders was a dominant swimmer. She represented the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, becoming a hero for her four medal-winning performance. She also won eight national championships. After her swimming career ended, Sanders became a broadcaster, working on a number of sports-related programs.

Sanders was born on October 13, 1972, in Roseville, California, the daughter of Bob and Barbara Sanders. Her father was a dentist, while her mother was an airline

Summer Sanders

attendant. Her parents named her Summer because her older brother Trevor, born in the summer, had not been a girl. As their children became involved in swimming, Bob and Barbara Sanders became involved in the sport. Her father worked as a swim-meet official, while her mother was a part-time swim coach.


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(With Melinda Marshall) Champions Are Raised, Not Born: How My Parents Made Me a Success, New York: Delacorte Press, 1999.

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