Episode #25: Raw Truths From a Sports Moms & Olympic Gold Medalist

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:

Our Raw Truths…isn’t that really what connects us?

In today’s huddle, I talk with Samantha Arsenault Livingstone, who is married to her best friend, mama to 4 amazing kiddos, an Olympic gold medalist, a coach, transformational speaker & as she puts it “survivor of so many things”:

  • Samantha shares how a perfect storm of emotions almost her to almost quit swimming (at just 14 years old) and how a moment in the car with her Mom helped her.

  • Samantha takes into the situation that created huge internal conflict for her and how it showed up in her swimming and in her behavior.
  • We discuss why asking questions, with curiosity instead of an intent to fix, is the best way to communicate with our kiddos.
  • She talks candidly about almost losing her daughter and how it cracked her wide open and forced her to look at herself in a very different way.


Samantha Livingstone is an Olympic Gold Medalist, transformational speaker, high-performance coach, recovering perfectionist and mama of four girls. After a traumatic and perspective-shifting experience involving her young daughter, she took a leap into the world of entrepreneurship to live her dream.

Samantha and her husband, Rob, are the founders and owners of Livingstone High Performance, LLC. and Livingstone Speed Academy, LLC., providing high-performance coaching, sports performance training, and empowerment/mindset training globally.

Samantha was a member of the U.S. National Team, 1999 U.S. Pan Pacific Team and 2000 U.S. Olympic Team. As an 18-year-old, she stood atop the Olympic podium in Sydney, Australia after swimming the lead-off leg of the record-setting 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay. Post- Olympics, Samantha battled an eating disorder, depression and shoulder surgery. With the help of an amazing mentor, she rose from the rubble stronger, happier and healthier, ending her career as a 7 x NCAA All-American. To close out her career, Samantha led her teammates to the 2005 National Championship title as the co-captain of the Georgia Bulldogs.

Links & References:

You can find Samantha in all these places…

Website: https://www.samanthalivingstone.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slivingstn/

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1 Comment

  1. Laura on February 6, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you for being so open and candid!

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