Off Deck: Brittany MacLean Details Her First Year Post-Swimming

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Brittany MacLean retired after her second Olympic Games in Rio last year, where she won the bronze medal as a part of the Canadian women’s 800 free relay — one of the six medals Canada’s women won at that meet.

But MacLean has not disappeared from the pool deck, and she was in fact at the World Championships this summer as the color commentator on FINA’s streaming service, commentating live on every race of the meet.

MacLean joined host David Rieder on Off Deck this week to discuss her experience commentating at Worlds, including the preparation involved and what it was like announcing her close friends and teammates.

MacLean also discussed why she chose to retire after the Olympics and how she reconciled her accomplishment of winning a medal with disappointment about how she swam individually. She also reflected on the young talent in Canadian women’s swimming and discussed her expectations for the future of that team.

Watch the full episode below.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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