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Ryan Murphy - 4 x Olympic Gold Medalist, WR Holder, Haas School of Business, Sports Fan

Ryan Murphy - 4 x Olympic Gold Medalist, WR Holder, Haas School of Business, Sports Fan

Episode 119 - Ryan Murphy - A six time Olympic medalist - four Gold, a silver and bronze. 7 time World Champion. World and Olympic record holder for the 100 m Backstroke. 12 time NCAA Champion. 28 medals total whilst representing the USA.

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When Ryan Murphy was just eight years old, he dreamed of becoming an Olympic swimmer and breaking world records. Thirteen years later, at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, his lifelong dream came true. There, Ryan not only became an Olympian, but he crushed his Olympic goals by winning three gold medals in the 100 meter backstroke, the 200-meter backstroke and the 4×100 meter medley relay, setting a new world record for the 100-meter backstroke. In 2021, he did it again winning gold in the 4×100 meter medley relay, silver in the 200-meter backstroke and bronze in the 100-meter backstroke.

Ryan comes from a family of swimmers. His sister Shannon and brother Patrick were both competitive swimmers growing up, and naturally as most younger siblings do, Ryan followed suit. Ryan emerged from follower to leader quickly; speeding past his siblings and countess competitors.

A six time Olympic medalist - four Gold, a silver and bronze.

7 time World Champion

World and Olympic record holder for the 100 m Backstroke

12 time NCAA Champion

28 medals total whilst representing the USA.

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0:00 - Montage of Ryan Murphy swimming wins - audio clip

1:17 - Introduction to show.

3:39 - Interview starts.

5:30 - While at the University of California, Berkeley, Ryan won both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events at the NCAA Championships for four straight years. He holds the American Record in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke, 50-meter short course backstroke, 50-meter long course backstroke, 100-meter long course backstroke. In his Olympic debut in Rio, Ryan won three golds medals, sweeping the backstroke events and helping the U.S. win gold in the 4x100m medley relay, where his backstroke lead-off set a world record. In 2017, he turned pro, earned the PAC 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year award and completed his B.S. in Business Administration from the prestigious Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. As one of the most dominant swimmers in the world, the 23-year-old swept the backstroke events at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, won six medals (three gold and three silver) at the 2018 Swimming World Championships in Hangzhou, China, and was named the 2018 Male Athlete of the Year by USA Swimming at its annual Golden Goggle Awards. In 2021, he shined in Tokyo winning gold in the 4×100 meter medley relay, silver in the 200-meter backstroke and bronze in the 100-meter backstroke. A native of Ponte Vedra Beach (Jacksonville), Fla., Murphy is passionate about giving every young child the opportunity to learn how to swim and being a role model for young swimmers. Ryan currently trains in Berkeley, CA with the goal of making his third-straight Olympic appearance in Paris.

8:28 - Why don't we have any 50 metre races (apart from freestyle) at the Olympics?

9:34 - What's harder, the 200m butterfly, or the 400m individual medley?

10:44 - Bolles High school, Jacksonville Florida has an alumni from Ryan Murphy to Caeleb Dressel to Joseph Schooling who secured Singapore's first ever Olympic gold in 100 fly at the Rio Games. What is the secret sauce to Bolles High School, how does it produce so many Olympians?

17:09 - As a Captain in the US Swimming team, what role, aside from turning up and swimming your best do you have to perform?

19:09 - Did swimming choose you, or did you choose swimming? How did you find your passion for the sport?

23:15 - As a youth, you had anxiety before race meets. So much so that you would throw up then go and swim the race. How did your parents, peers, and competitors handle this?

26:27 - What was the moment you felt you had a chance at an Olympic medal?

35:44 - You both seem to stand out in the way you explode off the wall. What are you and Caeleb Dressel doing underwater at those turns?

41:47 - What is the feeling of qualifying for an Olympics like?

47:00 - The RIO Olympic Games could not have gone much better ... Gold in the 100m, Gold in the 200m, set a World Record in the lead-off for the medley relay alongside Michael Phelps, Cody Miller, Nathan Adrian. Boxes ticked ... drop the mic ... where do you go from there?

49:07 - Explain the race plan for the 200m backstroke at the RIO Games. Despite not being in a medal position at the half point turn, you came off the wall to start that third 50m and opened up a half-body length gap, then went on to win Gold.

1:06:46 - You are one of the great Olympians now ... How has the success that you've had so far, affected your life?

1:10:38 - What do you love about swimming?

1:11:52 - What's on the calendar for Ryan Murphy in 2022?

01:15:40 - Interview ends.


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