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SUCCESS with Olympian Kim Vandenburg

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Hosts Kenneth Jeon and Brigitte Jia interview Olympic Bronze Medalist, Kim Vandenburg focusing on the theme of success. Kim says that one has to fail to succeed and explains what she learned from her failures. Having fun is critical to success and she makes sure the students she teaches are happy, enjoying the process, and empowered. Giving 100% effort and learning from mistakes is the meaning of success for Kim. With swimming, she has made life-long friends from around the world. A chapter is read from Be the Star You Are!® for Teens by Dr. Bernie Siegel where he encourages readers to do what will make you happy and success will follow. Arjin Claire offers a segment of Innovation Nation where he explains why wars have helped nations overcome obstacles to survive including the telegraph, longer-range weapons, ironclad warships, naval mines, the Gatling gun, the first ambulance, the Space Age, Velcro, and vaccines. Innovations lead to success in a multitude of different ways, and more are constantly on the horizon. Failure is the best teacher to success.

Happiness is success. A successful life is your choice.” Cynthia Brian

Bio: A California native, Olympic bronze medalist Kim Vandenberg specializes in both the butterfly and freestyle. Kim swam for Campolindo High School in Moraga, Orinda Aquatics, and UCLA Bruins. She is a two-time gold medalist from the 2011 Pan American games in the 200 butterfly and the 4x200 freestyle relay, a silver medalist from the 2007 world championships in the 200 fly and a three-time national champion in the 200 fly. Vandenberg saw the benefits of training abroad and viewing the world’s different training methods. Vandenberg has also taken time to inspire and teach aspiring swimmers from around the world. Since competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she has traveled the world giving motivational talks and teaching swim clinics and private lessons to international schools throughout the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. She continues to swim for the New York Athletic Club and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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