Summer Sanders: Olympic Swimmer, TV Host & Marathon Runner


After you’ve been the most decorated swimmer at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, an eight-time NCAA champion and two-time national Swimmer of the Year, what else is there to do?

For Summer Sanders, winner of two gold medals, one silver, and one bronze at age 19, she got out of the pool and onto the track to jog with her college girlfriends.

Now, 20 years later, she’s thrilled to have qualified for the Boston Marathon and will be running it next Monday, April 15th.

After swimming, she became a TV sports commentator for NBC’s “Inside Stuff” NBA show and also hosted MTV’s “Figure It Out”.

But the bigger story is that less than a year ago, she had a medical procedure for varicose veins and is running to raise awareness for venous insufficiency that affects 30 million American men and women. She was diagnosed when pregnant with her son, now five, then had a simple procedure last spring and noticed the difference right away.

A New Face Running For A Cause
Sanders ran the New York Marathon in 1999 – her first — and earned her place in Hopkinton for Boston by running fast enough at the 2011 Chicago Marathon.

“I honestly feel like my legs are so much lighter, which was a mystery to me before I had it done,” Sanders said. “It’s funny, now I notice everybody’s legs, I’m at the starting line checking everybody’s legs out.

Because the majority of people with vein disease are in their 60s and 70s, Summer Sanders is a new face and running for a cause.

“I want to put a new face to this condition. It’s not our mother’s problem, it’s our situation, and we can take care of it. I thought I’d be the last person in the world: an Olympic athlete, active all the time.”

As you may know from reading The Vein Clinic’s Blog or our website, medical advancements enable quick, efficient, in-office treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency, with most insurance plans and Medicare, covering the cost of this medically necessary surgery.



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