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Susan Rapp-von der Lippe

Susan Rapp-von der Lippe is a three-time Olympic team member, gold and silver medalist and a member of the Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame. She currently works with SwimLabs in Fort Collins, CO teaching learn-to-swim and competitive lessons and runs her own marketing company, www.igbbmarketing.com.

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What I Remember Most About Swimming in the 70s and 80s - Part III

Posted on May 23, 2018 4:15:02 PM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in kids swimming, in Feel good, in competitive swimming

Never Say Never

My first race, and I thought my last, occurred in the summer of 1971 when I was six years old and living at West Point, NY with my family. My older sisters both were swimming with the West Point swim team and had recruited me to join them at a swim meet hosted by the Newburgh Jaycees.

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What I Remember Most About Swimming in the 70s and 80s - Part II

Posted on Apr 25, 2018 5:39:21 PM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in kids swimming, in Feel good, in competitive swimming

Jello fingers, Roy Rogers, and Cap’n Crunch

Oh, the stories Starlit swimmers can tell! I swam during the glory years of Starlit Aquatic Club located outside of Washington, DC in the 1970s and 80s. Nutrition was a different beast back then. Although good nutritional advice was abundant, to a teenage swimmer starving after a 10,000 meter workout or a three-day meet, I ate nearly everything and anything. Perhaps my swimming suffered and I didn’t quite make it to my full athletic potential, but it sure was memorable.

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What I Remember Most About Swimming in the 70s and 80s

Posted on Apr 6, 2018 5:56:19 PM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in kids swimming, in Feel good, in passion for swimming

Pea Green Pools and Plopping Insulation

Starlit Aquatic Club in Fairfax, VA was my swim club through the 70s and 80s. I progressed through the ranks from a skinny, mediocre eight-year-old to an internationally ranked collegiate swimmer with this club. What fond memories that place and coaching staff provided to me and my three sisters as well as hundreds of other athletes in northern Virginia.

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College Searches – Keeping Your Sanity

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 7:00:00 AM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in Parenting Tips, in Swimming Community, in olympian, in college

This mom knows all too well the stresses of helping a son and daughter with their college decision.

Academics, location, swim program, division level, team dynamics, and overall college cost kept me up many nights. I don’t remember my college search being quite so stressful but then again, that was 1983 and I was being recruited by a few top swimming programs. My parents lucked out with four of their girls receiving full swimming scholarships and a brother attending West Point. Nowadays, colleges are twice the cost (or more), and there are vastly more great athletes vying for coveted scholarships.

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