Summer was born and grew up in Roseville, California, a city outside of Sacramento. Summer narrowly missed making the 1988 Seoul Olympic team. She attended Stanford University and won numerous titles for their swim team there. Going into Barcelona in 1992, after winning the 1991 World Championship at…more
Summer enjoys gardening.
When she was only four years old, Summer joined a recreational team called the Sugar Bears.
During her stay at Stanford University, Summer won six individual titles and four relay championships.
Before going to college, Summer won three gold medals in the Goodwill Games in 1990.
Among Summer's most embarrassing moments are when she forgets people's names and when she tripped right in front of Madison Square Garden.
Summer admitted to having a teenage crush on Kirk Cameron.
There is an Olympic-size swimming pool named after her in her hometown of Roseville.
Summer has been slimed twice on her show Figure It Out. Once, it was because she was "Being Summer Sanders".
In 1992, Summer was awarded the Babe Didrickson Zaharias Award as the top amateur athlete.
Summer missed the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team twice, in 1988 and in 1996.
Summer keeps her medals in her sock drawer.
Summer credits her brother for inspiring her to take up competitive swimming.
Summer published the book Champions Are Raised, Not Born: How My Parents Made Me A Success in 1999, which is a tribute to her parents.
Summer stands five feet and nine inches tall.
Summer married a World Cup skier, Erik Schlopy, in 2005, with whom they have a daughter named Sky Bella.
During her stint in the 1992 Olympics, Summer garnered gold medals in the 200-meter butterfly and 400-meter medley relay, a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley, and a bronze medal in the 400-meter individual medley.
In 2004, Summer was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
Summer leads the Similac Moms Alliance, an online community for moms which gives tips regarding important issues.
Summer married Mark Henderson, a former Olympic swimmer, in 1997. They got divorced in 2001.
Summer: Well, actually, I thought I was going to have to blow chunks that last 25 meters.
Summer: The first question always is, 'Were your parents hippies?' The answer is no. The second question always is, 'Do you come from California?' The answer is yes. The third question always is, 'What's your brother's name? Winter?' I hate the third question. It's so stupid.
Summer: I retired from swimming because I got sick of the wedgies.
Summer: The things you learn from sports - setting goals, being part of a team, confidence - that's invaluable. It's not about trophies and ribbons. It's about being on time for practice, accepting challenges and being fearful of the elements.
Summer: (On the Similac Moms Alliance) It's like having a team of veteran moms in your corner, coaching you and cheering you on.