Inside with Brett Hawke
#013 Haley Anderson
Mar 4, 2020 · 43 min
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Haley Anderson will be making her third Olympic appearance at Tokyo 2020 after qualifying for the first time, at the age of 20. Competing in open water, Haley offers a unique approach to competition that seems to have given her the edge and mental stamina needed for her events.  

Listen in as Haley shares her experience growing up in a family of professional swimmers. She shares what makes open water swimming a particularly rewarding challenge as she talks about potential obstacles (hot water temps & bacteria) headed her way in Tokyo. Find out how she made a name for herself, navigated life as a USC swimmer and her thoughts on the ISL’s chosen events. 

Key Takeaways:

  • How Haley Anderson is preparing for her third Olympic cycle.
  • Insights into open water swimming.
  • Haley’s thoughts on the ISL and her future in swimming.

Episode Timeline:

  • [00:00] Intro
  • [00:29] Haley Anderson on approaching her 3rd Olympic cycle
  • [02:04] Qualifying for the 2012 Olympics at 20 years old
  • [03:25] Her experience in the London Olympics
  • [04:57] Growing up in a swimming family
  • [08:55] Haley’s mentality going into events
  • [10:48] Training for 2 hour swims
  • [12:47] Practicing in pool and open water
  • [14:11] Gym, lifting and mobility 
  • [17:31] Haley's approach to nutrition 
  • [19:43] Overtraining and fatigue
  • [20:55] How breaks and recovery have changed for her over time
  • [22:20] Haley's strategy for open water events
  • [25:30] Rules, etiquette and drafting in open water 
  • [28:24] Navigating variables and gaining confidence in open water 
  • [32:15] Sponsorships (ARENA)
  • [33:22] Choosing to go to USC
  • [34:36] First American to be chosen for the 2020 Olympics
  • [38:01] Hot water, e-coli and other course drawbacks
  • [40:17] Thoughts on the ISL and swimming after Tokyo
  • [42:34] Outro


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Find | Haley Anderson


On Instagram: @swimhaley

On Twitter: @swimhaley

On Facebook: @haleyandersonUSA

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Special Thanks:

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Swimnerd Pace Clocks.

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