U.S. Olympic Swimmer Jenny Thompson, 8-Time Gold Medalist, Reflects On Her 4 Games

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Jenny Thompson of USA in action during the Women's 4x100 Medley Relay Final at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia. (Hamish Blair/Allsport via Getty Images)

Today, as part of our series on former Olympic medalists and their lives after the games, we talk with swimmer Jenny Thompson. She competed in four Olympics — Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens.

With 12 medals, eight of them gold, she’s Olympic women’s swimming’s most decorated athlete ever. She’s now a practicing anesthesiologist in Portland, Maine, and the mother of two.

Here & Now‘s Eric Westervelt talks with Thompson about her career.

More from Here & Now‘s series on life after the Olympics.


Jenny Thompson, former Olympic swimmer. She tweets @JennyThompsonUS.

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