“You can’t rest on your laurels. You have to be constantly evolving.”
What exactly does it take to become an Olympic legend?
Every elite athlete is devoted to mastering their craft. Some even strike gold on the world’s largest stage. And every once in a while, we witness standout performances in consecutive Olympiads. But it’s the rare specimen that can compete at the very highest level of sport across three Olympic Games to retire a legend.
Meet Michael Klim.
Awarded the medal of the Order of Australia (sort of like being knighted), Michael is indisputably one of Australia’s most famous and celebrated athletes in a land that revers competitive swimming. A three-time Olympian with a slew of World Records, Olympic Gold Medals and World Championship titles to his name, he was part of a star-studded group of swimmers that took Australia back to the top of swimming in the late 1990’s & aughts — a group that included standouts like Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, Keiren Perkins, Leisel Jones, Libby Trickett, Stephanie Rice, and Susie O’Neill.
One of the stars of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Michael is perhaps best known as instrumental in Australia’s thrilling 4x100m relay victory, unleashing a world record lead off swim to win his first gold on the first night. Michael’s achievements also include:
- ’96 Atlanta Olympics: Bronze, 4x100m Medley Relay
- ’98 World Championships: 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
- ’99: 2 World Records (100m Butterfly)
- ’00 Sydney Olympics: 2 Gold, 2 Silver & 2 World Records
- ’01 World Championships: 2 Gold & 1 World Record
- ’04 Athens Olympics: 1 Silver
- ’07 World Championships: 1 Gold
Quite the successful entrepreneur after hanging up his budgie smugglers (click here for the Cambridge Dictionary definition), Michael is now the founder and managing director of a skin care line called Milk & Co. and conducts life optimization retreats under the banner Chosen Experiences.
This is a conversation about Michael’s extraordinary life as a lauded athlete, entrepreneur and parent.
We cover his mental and physical success equation: the hows and whys behind his ascension to the very peak of elite Olympic performance. What was required of him to not just win, but keep winning. We discuss how he approaches high pressure scenarios. We cover his approach to remaining fit and how he parents his children. And we conclude with how he transitioned from decorated Olympian to successful entrepreneur — a pivot most professional athletes struggle with upon retirement.
But most of all, this is a conversation about what is required to live a life of mastery, with more than a few critical takeaways you can implement into your own life.
A personal hero of mine for as long as I can recall, I followed Michael’s journey from the beginning. So it was a thrill for me to finally connect with him for this deep dive into his career and what makes him tick.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the conversation.
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Background, Context & Reference
- Connect with Michael: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
- Michael’s Skin Care Line: Milk & Co.
- Travel Company & Retreats: Chosen Experiences
- Premium Performance: Michael Klim by Steph Prem
- AIS: The Australian Institute of Sport
- The Daily Telegraph: Olympic champion Michael Klim urges young athletes to think about a career after professional sport
- Men’s Health: Michael Klim Takes On His Toughest Challenge Yet by Ben Jhoty
- The Australian: Michael Klim thought he had his new career figured out
- Yahoo: Michael Klim is Motivating the Masses
- Kochie’s Business Builders: Former Olympian Michael Klim reveals his 3 tips for business success by Cec Busby
- The Sydney morning Herald: Klim relives the night we smashed them like guitars by Michael Cowley
- The Sydney morning Herald: Swimming wasn’t stressful – only life after it, says Michael Klim by Kate Waterhouse
- YouTube: Sydney 2000 Olympic Games | 4×100 Freestyle Relay
- YouTube: 2000 | Michael Klim | Olympic Qualifier | 100m Freestyle | 48.56
- YouTube: 1998 | Michael Klim | World Champion | 100m Butterfly | 52.25
Notable People Discussed In Today’s Podcast
- Paul de Gelder: Ex AUS Army Paratrooper & Navy Clearance Diver, shark attack survivor and podcast guest
- Charlie Knoles: visionary Vedic Meditation master teacher and podcast guest
- Anthony Ervin: 2x Olympic gold medalist in the 50 meter freestyle and podcast guest
- Dan McPherson: Australian actor and television presenter; podcast guest
- Gennadi Touretski: swim coach, best known for training multi Olympic gold medalists Alexander Popov and Michael Klim through the 90s to early 2000s at the Australian Institute of Sport
- Ian Thorpe OAM: Australian swimmer who specialised in freestyle, has won 5 Olympic gold medals, the most won by any Australian, (3 gold, 2 silver medals) was the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- Grant Hackett OAM: is an Australian swimmer, most famous for winning the men’s 1500 metres freestyle race at both the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
- Gary Hall, Jr.: American former competition swimmer who represented the U.S.A. at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics and won 10 Olympic medals. He is a former world record-holder in two relay events
- Garrett Weber-Gale: American competition swimmer, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and world record-holder in two events
- Michael Phelps: Most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals
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