“I counted my confidence as a swimmer to be the main reason that I was able to win the races that I won. I’m not super tall, I’m not super strong. I had very interesting technique, but I’m sure there are people who had better and stronger technique…So, it played a big role in my career, and my success, so why couldn’t I help teach this to the next generation?” – Rebecca Soni
Olympic medalist Caroline Burckle is a highly decorated freestyle swimmer whose achievements include winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. She swam for the University of Florida on an athletic scholarship, where she was awarded 2008 NCAA Swimmer of the Year. A two-time National Champion, Caroline also broke the oldest standing swimming record in the 500-yard freestyle. After her retirement from competitive swimming in 2010, Caroline went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology & Motor Behavior.
Rebecca Soni, a breaststroke specialist also known as ‘Reb,’ holds 6 Olympic medals, three gold and three silver, spanning across two Olympics- the 2008 Beijing Games, and the 2012 London Games. She’s a former World Record Holder in the breaststroke, and is well known for her distinctive swimming technique. Rebecca has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Southern California, a certificate in Positive Psychology, and is also a certified Health Coach.
Following their illustrious careers, Rebecca and Caroline both struggled with burnout and a loss of structure and routine. Eventually they joined together to found the RISE Elite Athletes program, where they use their unique blend of knowledge and experience to mentor young athletes in a variety of sports.
I recently caught up with Caroline and Reb to talk about their Olympic experiences, how they processed their retirement from their swimming careers, and how they’re using positive psychology to set a future generation of athletes up for success.
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You can follow Caroline and Rebecca’s program, RISE Elite Athletes via their website, and on RISE’s social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can find Caroline Burckle on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her website, and you can find Rebecca Soni on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her website.
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