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BORN: October 13
HEIGHT: 5'9"
Significant Other: Erik Schlopy
ON WHOSAY SINCE: Mar 17, 2011
HOMETOWN: Roseville, CA

5 Things You Didn't Know About Me

  • When I wasn't supposed to even make the finals, I missed the '88 Olympic Team by .001, and that's what motivated me for Barcelona.
  • Although I fly a couple times of week, I still get a spike of fear during every takeoff and landing.
  • I'm in four fantasy football leagues and act as the commissioner in one.
  • Each of my children were born on one of their grandfathers' 65th birthdays, and it wasn't a planned or induced.
  • I could eat avocado on almost anything & I make a mean guacamole!


Summer Sanders loves living an imperfect life and the balancing act of athletics, carpool, and being in front of the camera. Mom to Skye (7) and Spider (5), this 1992 Olympic Champion says motherhood is her biggest accomplishment. Known for her roles as host and co-host of shows such as "NBA Inside Stuff" and Nickelodeon's "Figure It Out", she is currently filming new projects with her production company Black Line Media and heading to Sochi to work with coving the WInter Games.

A health and fitness advocate, Sanders is active in the running community and produces articles, tips and workouts for various magazines. Sanders is also a very involved Right to Play Athlete Ambassador.

Past Life
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. 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 at "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 US 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. Since her returned to TV in 2009, she has worked as a correspondent for Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, and NBC’s Universal Sports Network. She hosted Yahoo! Sports award winning web series Elite Athlete Workout and their 2012 Olympic Games swimming coverage.

She is also the author of “Champions are Raised not Born.”

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