Summer Sanders is a sports broadcaster, actress and Olympic medalist in
swimming. Sanders first came to the attention of the swimming world in 1988
after barely missing a spot on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. She won three gold
medals at the 1990 Goodwill Games before embarking on her collegiate career at
Stanford University. In two years at Stanford, she compiled six individual NCAA
titles and four relay championships. Sanders earned back-to-back NCAA Swimmer of
the Year awards and propelled Stanford to a national championship in 1992.
At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, she won gold medals in the 200m
butterfly and in the 4x100m medley relay. She also won a silver medal in the
200m individual medley and a bronze medal in the 400m individual medley. Her
individual performances in Barcelona were identical to those a year earlier at
the 1991 swimming and diving world championships in Perth, Australia. Retiring
after the Barcelona Olympics, Sanders later attempted to make the 1996 Olympic
team, but failed to qualify.
As a sports broadcaster, she has hosted many television series including The
Sports List (2004), NBA Inside Stuff (1990), Beg, Borrow & Deal (2002), and
Figure it Out (1997). She has also appeared as an actress in two films: Broken
Record (1997) and Jerry Maguire (1996). She still hosts The Sports List, which
airs on FSN (Fox Sports Net). In June 1999, Sanders published the book Champions
Are Raised, Not Born: How My Parents Made Me A Success.
An Olympic-size swimming pool at the Roseville Aquatics Complex in her hometown
of Roseville, California is named after her.