I don’t know what I like more about Summer Sanders, that she’s a totally babelicious blonde or the whole athletic babe with oodles of confidence thang. Whatever, I like watching Summer on FoxSport’s countdown show (don’t recall the name).
Summer Elisabeth Sanders (born October 13, 1972 in Roseville, California) is a sports broadcaster, actress and Olympic medalist in swimming.
Sanders first came to the attention of the swimming world in 1988 when she barely missed 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 200-meter butterfly and in the 400-meter medley relay. She also won a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley and a bronze medal in the 400-meter 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 she failed to qualify. After failing, she openly cried in front of the national television audience.
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 Fox Sports Net. She also co-hosts the celebreality series Skating With Celebrities on the Fox television network.
In June 1999, Sanders published the book Champions Are Raised, Not Born: How My Parents Made Me A Success (ISBN 0-385-33421-4).
On July 4, 1997, she married Mark Henderson, who was also an Olympic swimmer. The couple divorced in 2001. In July 2005, she married Erik Schlopy, a World Cup skier who competed at the Torino Olympics. The Schlopys’ first child, a daughter named Skye Bella, was born April 21, 2006.
An Olympic-size swimming pool at the Roseville Aquatics Complex in her hometown of Roseville, California is named after her.