Watch/Listen: Interview with Melinda Harrison, Coach-Olympian-Author of “Personal Next”

Coach-Olympian-Author Melinda Harrison

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo spoke one-on-one with Melinda Harrison, professional coach, Olympian and now author. Harrison was born as Melinda Copp in London, Ontario, Canada. She attended the University of Michigan where she was the women’s captain of the Michigan Wolverines swimming and diving team. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she became the first Michigan Wolverines women’s varsity swimmer to compete in the Olympics, representing Canada in the 200-meter backstroke. Harrison wrote the new book “Personal Next: What We Can Learn from Elite Athletes Navigating Career Transition.” Focusing her lens on elite athletes, in particular, Harrison interviewed more than 100 high-achievers who successfully navigated the transition from a life filled with peak performance to a new arena. In this great interview, learn what athletes can do during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. How can they still prepare for the Tokyo Olympic Games which are being postponed to 2021?

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