Elizabeth Beisel, McKenzie Coan and Dr. Megan Provide Crucial Insight for Swimmers


Your favorite Olympians, Paralympians, Olympic Legends and Sports Professionals provide insights to swimmers- this week on life balance, Paralympic inclusion and mental strength.

Swimming World and CG Sports Management have teamed together to create an exclusive weekly social media series on Swimming World Instagram. These elite athletes share advice to swimmers including training tips, motivation and wisdom. Catch up on episodes four through six below and episodes one through three here.

Episode 4: Boosting Mental Strength with Dr. Megan

Dr. Megan is a Sports Psychologist and former swimmer. As an athlete, she felt the pressure to perform and endured the demands of the sport. Dr. Megan’s personal experiences encouraged her to receive her PhD from Nova Southeastern University to provide athletes with the tools they need to have strong emotional health.

Dr. Megan shares a way to boost mental strength by telling a story about Olympic Legend, Natalie Coughlin. By watching her video, you can begin to improve your mental health as early as at your next practice.

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HAPPY WISDOM WEDNESDAY! Sports Psychologist Dr. Megan Cannon @drmegancannon shares a story of 12x Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin @nataliecoughlin to help inspire you to boost your mental strength! Growing up, Dr. Megan felt the pressures of being an athlete. As a former swimmer and dancer, she personally understands how the demands of sport can affect performance. It is this understanding that encouraged her to receive her PhD and to aid others in achieving peak performance and strong emotional health. Dr. Megan is one of our “special guests” as a part of CG Sport Management @cgsportsmgmt! The CG Sports Series is just getting started and you do NOT want to miss who will be featured next. HINT: She is a 3x Olympic legend and author. Who could it be?

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Episode 5: Finding Balance with Elizabeth Beisel

Olympic legend Elizabeth Beisel shares the importance of finding balance in life outside of being an athlete. Throughout her life, she has found this balance through playing the violin and piano. She began to play at ages of three and five respectively.

Beisel talks about how her passion for music helped her during the rough points of her swimming career in her book, “Silver Lining.” Listen to Beisel play “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish.

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“Find something that you love that isn’t swimming, or that isn’t your sport, that can make you happy elsewhere in your life.” Three-time Olympian and Two-time Olympic Medalist (1 Silver, 1 Bronze) Elizabeth Beisel @ebeisel34 discusses the importance of finding balance. She reveals her special talent by playing “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish @billieeilish on the piano and violin. 🎹🎻 Beisel talks more in depth about her love for music and the importance it has had on her swimming career in her best-selling book. In “Silver Lining”, Beisel shares an honest perspective on the successes and failures of her Olympic journey. Beisel is also an ambassador for @leadsportssummit and @savethebayri and a member of @cgsportsmgmt. How well-rounded and talented is she?!

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Episode 6: Becoming a Paralympian with McKenzie Coan

Before becoming a 3x Paralympic Gold Medalist, McKenzie Coan spent a lot of her childhood in hospitals. Coan was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta also known as “brittle bone disease”. From her experiences, she developed an organization called “Kenzie Kares” that provides things like personal visits and crafting supplies to patients. By doing so, kids just like McKenzie know they are not alone in their fight.

In this episode, McKenzie shares how discovering the Paralympics led her to the London and Rio Paralympic Games. She even shows some of her golden hardware from Rio in 2016.  In addition, there are some interesting fun facts that separate these medals from their Olympic counterparts.

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“Just like me, they all had a physical disability.” 3x Paralympic Gold Medalist McKenzie Coan @mckenzie_coan shares her journey to becoming a Paralympian, her personal experiences at the Games & fun facts about the Rio medals! At a young age, Coan was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, characterized by brittle bones that easily break. Due to her own experiences and treatments in the hospital, Coan founded an organization called “Kenzie Kares”. From making personal visits to donating crafts and other supplies, Kenzie Kares strives to make someone’s day brighter and to let kids know they are not alone. Coan is also an ambassador for @leadsportssummit, sponsored by @adidas @gonumotion @lendingtree and a member of @cgsportsmgmt.

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Stay tuned for this week when Swimming World introduces another member of CG Sports Management. In the meantime, catch up on episodes one through three. Who are you excited to see next?

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