Kristy Kowal

Home: Long Beach, CA

Olympics: 2000

Medals: Silver: 200 Breast

Favorite Athletic Achievement:

  • First American woman to break 1 minute in the 100 yard breaststroke

  • First American woman to win the World Championship Title in the 100 meter breaststroke

  • 8 American/1 world records

  • NCAA Swimmer Of the Year

  • 2x NCAA Woman Of the year

  • Olympic silver medallist 200 breast

Personal Achievement: I have a masters degree in Education

Why I am Inspired to be a RISE Mentor: 

In our lives and in our careers we have all had a mentor, maybe even more than one mentor- that someone who helped us navigate the new and unknowns. That person may have been in our lives for days, months, or years but it was a person who had a profound impact on our lives. That person shared their successes, their disappointments, their trials and tribulations with us so that we could learn from their experiences. The most amazing and rewarding thing about being a part of Rise the ability to step into the shoes of the role of the mentor to guide the next generation of athlete. My goal is to help our youth grow into the best possible version of themselves.

What would I tell my 13-year-old self:  That in sport and in life there are going to be obstacles and disappointments and failures. But through each one of those there is the opportunity to learn something. Be confident in who you are, don’t doubt yourself, and dream BIG massive dreams. And don’t forget to have FUN!

Favorite way to focus: Visualize- I used to just think it was day dreaming imagining myself winning my races :)

Best way to rest/recover: Read a book, watch a movie, or listen to music

Fun Fact: I was the Great Southland Rodeo Pig Toting Champion 3 times

What I do now: Teacher

My Favorite Mentoring Moment:  Anytime one of my mentors tells me that something we worked on has helped them- it’s such a rewarding feeling!