The Physical Performance Show: Andrew Lauterstein – Triple Olympic Medallist

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In episode 111 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Andrew Lauterstein – Triple Olympic Medallist.

Andrew (Lauto) Lauterstein is a Triple Olympic Medallist who won three medals at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. This episode is a great insight into an athlete who dealt with the pressure of expectation and performance very well to claim his three medals. Andrew took silver in the 4x100m medley relay team at Beijing, he also took Bronze in the Australian 4x100m freestyle medley team, but his signature swim of his career was the Bronze medal that he took in the 100m butterfly final in the 2008 Beijing games, he came in behind Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker, the then world record holder.

On today’s episode, Andrew shares around the highs, the lows and the learnings from his remarkable career.  Post swimming Andrew is now the co-director of Engine Swim and also co-owner of New Wave Swim School in Melbourne, Victoria. We do talk about Andrew’s transition out of the swimming pool into his professional life and the early days of Andrew swimming to become a National Champion at just 16 years of age and a great story where Andrew stood on the podium at the Nationals by himself with neither the second or the third-place getter there. Andrew shares around as a Junior why he didn’t set a goal to become an Olympian.

Andrew outlines the Beijing Olympic experience seeing the Chinese cube swimming pool for the first time, the magnificence of that and also the incredibly large dining hall of the Olympic games. Andrew details in a great story about coming up against the mighty Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly semi-final. Michael went from receiving his Olympic Medal in an event just prior to the 100m semi-final to jump into the pool and setting the world record. Andrew also shares a great story around Michael swimming in the 100m fly and what it’s like to feel his presence in the pool and why Andrew went from being quite cool, calm, collected and excited on the blocks for the 100m butterfly final at Beijing with the 25,000 strong crowd to being petrified and shaking within a moment and why that happened.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Growing up in Victoria
  • Playing footy and swimming from an early age
  • Who Andrew most admired growing up
  • Changing from Backstroke to Butterfly
  • Training rhythm
  • Intense moments on the starting blocks
  • Racing Michael Phelps
  • Winning his first medal
  • Dark days during career
  • Training and Preparation in Melbourne
  • Performance Round
  • Pain Association
  • Best Advice
  • Listener Questions
  • New Wave Swim School and Engine Businesses
  • Physical Challenge: 8 hours sleep and a 7 minute hang from a bar.

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Andrew Lauterstein Andrew Lauterstein

Australian World Record – 50m Fly

Bronze Medal at Beijing Olympics 2008


‘Trust the people around you to guide you to take you on the journey that you want.’ – Best Advice
‘Be open and honest with your communication about your goals and the way that your body feels.’
‘Not having to think about what you are doing. It’s automatic.’ Being in the zone
‘Don’t try, just float.’
‘If you enjoy what you are doing, you don’t really complain about it. You just get it done!’
‘Time dictates your result.’
‘It wasn’t about winning or losing, it was about the time that I got.’
‘Once you are successful, you can keep yourself ahead of others.’
‘More is not better.’
‘Find a better balance between rest and work..
‘The extra spark wasn’t there coming down the home straight!’
‘Trust your coach and give it your best to compete at the highest level.’

To follow Andrew Lauterstein

Instagram: @alauterstein

To follow New Wave Swim School

To follow Engine Swim

Website: Engine Swim
Facebook: @engineswim
Instagram: @engine_swim


0:00 Start
1:00 Introduction to Andrew
7:10 Growing up in Victoria
9:00 Playing footy and swimming
13:00 Who Andrew most admired growing up
22:00 Moving from Backstroke to Butterfly
26:00 Training rhythm
29:30 Being on the starting blocks
32:00 Racing Michael Phelps
36:00 Winning his first medal
39:20 Dark days during career
48:00 Training and Preparation in Melbourne
52:00 Performance Round
57:00 Pain Association
59:50 Best Advice
1:00:00 Listener Questions
1:05:50 New Wave Swim School
1:11:00 Physical Challenge: 8 hours sleep and a 7 minute hang from a bar.
1:20:49 Finish

People Mentioned:

Tom Lynch – Adelaide Crows AFL Player
Michael Phelps – American Swimmer
Michael Klim – AUS Swimmer
Patrick Murphy – AUS Swimmer
Matt Welsh – AUS Swimmer
Glenn Baker – Swimming Coach
Ian Crocker – US Swimmer
Ian Thorpe – AUS Swimmer

For questions and comments about this Episode

Send to the show host @Brad_Beer (Twitter)

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