Olympians Katie Hoff and Missy Franklin to host new swimming podcast

Former athletes aim to connect with sports audiences on a deeper level

Former competitive swimmers and Olympic medalists Katie Hoff and Missy Franklin are hosting a new podcast deep-diving into their experience within the world of professional athletics. 

The podcast is titled Unfiltered Waters, and is launching next year on 3 January. The show will be available to listen to across all major platforms as well as available to watch on YouTube. In an Instagram post, Franklin said that the podcast’s mission is to connect audiences with athletes on a “deeper level”. 

“Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes where we’ll dive into various topics, from the world of swimming to wellness and beyond,” said Franklin. “We will spend this next month generating excitement, doing giveaways, and hopefully start to engage what we believe will be an amazing community.”

“We have already started having meaningful conversations with the best athletes in the world, and we absolutely can’t wait for you to hear what they have to say.”

Hoff retired from swimming in 2015 due to continuing health issues, while Franklin announced her retirement from the sport in 2018. Since then, both athletes have continued to use their respective platforms to get their audiences to engage with important issues such as kidney care and blood clot awareness.

With this podcast, Hoff and Franklin will continue to raise awareness on such issues by sharing their own experiences as well as speaking to fellow athletes. They join a number of former Olympians who have also gone on to find new audiences through podcasting later in their career.

Examples include former professional ice hockey player, broadcaster, and Olympic medallist Cassie Campbell-Pascall who now hosts a new sports podcast for BBC World Service titled Amazing Sport Stories. The podcast launched in October this year and is an adaptation of the BBC’s Sport Insight articles, which tell in-depth stories from the world of sports.