Olympic swimmer, TV host and correspondent, health and fitness advocate
Summer Sanders pursues excellence in all facets of her life, be it in the swimming pool, in car pool, or in front of the camera. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Sanders emerged as the most decorated U.S. swimmer, winning four medals –- two gold, a silver, and a bronze. Following retirement from swimming, Sanders pursued a career in television. From 1997 to 2005, Sanders appeared on a plethora of programs as correspondent, co-host, and host. Highlights include eight years co-hosting NBA Inside Stuff, becoming the first female game-show host on Nickelodeon by hosting Figure It Out, acting as an Olympic analyst and host for NBC during the 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Games, being a Today Show special contributor from 2000-2004, and hosting Fox’s hit sports show The Sports List. Sanders also worked as a sideline reporter for the NBA, WNBA, and U.S. Open. Sanders took a brief hiatus from TV to focus on life at home. She married Olympian and former U.S. Ski Team Alpine racer Erik Schlopy and has two children, Skye and Spider. She returned to TV in 2009, and has worked as a correspondent for Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, and NBC’s Universal Sports Network. She currently hosts Yahoo! Sports' award-winning web series Elite Athlete Workout and will be their Olympic host and analyst at the 2012 Games. Most recently, Sanders signed on to be on-air talent for the new Pac-12 Network debuting August 2012.
In addition to broadcast work, Sanders is also a health and fitness advocate, producing articles, tips and workouts for various magazines, as well as the author of Champions are Raised not Born. In her two years at Stanford University, Sanders compiled six individual NCAA titles and four relay championships, earned back-to-back NCAA Swimmer of the Year awards, and propelled Stanford to the 1992 National Championship.