Summer Sanders pursues and achieves excellence in all facets of her career, be it in front of the television camera or in the swimming pool.
At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Sanders emerged as the most decorated U.S. swimmer, winning two gold medals swimming the butterfly in the 200 meters individual and the 4x100m medley relay. She also captured silver in the 200m medley and bronze in the 400m medley.
Sanders is one of the rare athletes who has been able to transition from competition in the pool to working on camera covering a variety of sports and other topics.
Sanders co-hosted “NBA Inside Stuff” on NBC from 1997 to 2005. As host, she worked in the studio and traveled the country to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the players and personalities of the NBA and WNBA drafts. She also followed the exciting action that the leagues provided throughout the year.
Sanders says her favorite part of working for “Inside Stuff” was being able to sit down with the players to find out firsthand what it’s like to play one of the world’s most popular game.
In 2000, Sanders worked with NBC as a correspondent for the “Today Show” during the Olympic Games in Sydney. She also co-hosted alongside Jim Lampley on the popular kids’ Olympic show “Scholastic at the Olympics.”
At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Sanders hosted the syndicated show “U.S. Olympic Gold,” which tracked athletes in their pursuit toward both the Winter and Summer Games.
In addition, Sanders was a sideline reporter for the WNBA and and on-air correspondent for the Ford Gorge Games in Portland, Ore.
Her passion to communicate with kids was underscored as the hip and funny host of Nickelodeon’s hit game show, “Figure It Out.”
In two years at Stanford, Sanders compiled six individual NCAA titles and four relay championships. She earned back-to-back NCAA Swimmer of the Year awards and propelled the Cardinal to the 1992 National Championship.
If Sanders’ busy work schedule was not enough, she still finds time to stop by pools to talk with young fans who aspire to follow in her footsteps.
She also is a wife and mother, married to fellow Olympian and former U.S. Ski Team Alpine racer Erik Schlopy. They have two children.
You can also follow Summer Sanders through her official website.