Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel jumps into role of coach
After 14 years of 24/7 training, two-time Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel finally has some time off.
Following the Summer Games in Rio, she took a vacation to Thailand and Australia. Now, the 24-year-old Olympian is back home in the Ocean State with plenty of free time.
"It's like a whole new world. Literally. I've never experienced this before. Normally, my alarm is going off at 5 a.m. every single day, and now I'm like, 'I can sleep until 10 if I want to. I can go meet friends for coffee. I can go do whatever I want,'" she said. "It's a whole new type of freedom that I've never experienced. I really, really love it."
While home, Beisel has stayed busy with plenty of business opportunities through her sponsorship deal with Speedo, including speaking engagements and swimming clinics across the country.
"It's just been awesome to be able to say yes to everything that I normally wouldn't be able to say yes to because I would be in hard training and training for the Olympics and stuff. So, I’m a break now from swimming and I'm able to do a lot of things I didn't used to be able to do," Beisel said.
Beisel has always had an interest in a broadcasting career after her swimming days are over, but it was a call from her former high school swim coach that has her hooked as a volunteer coach at Roger Williams University.
"You know, I never really considered coaching, but now that that window has been cracked open a little bit, it's sort of like, 'Wow, like why not. I absolutely love it. I'm still an athlete, so I can sort of connect with them on and athlete-to-athlete level. But I can also use my past experience to help them as a coach," Beisel said.
"It's awesome. Her personality fits in seamlessly with what we're all about. It's high energy. We like to have fun. One of our core philosophies is 'have fun but get it done,' and that's Elizabeth to a T," RWU head swimming coach Matt Emmert said.
While the coaching experience has been fun for Beisel in her home state, it's extra special for the swimmers at Roger Williams.
"She's just a great role model for all of us on the team," said RWU junior Paul Marchese of Monroe, Connecticut.
"It's great. It's just a great booster of confidence, and she's such a great influence and it makes you almost want to try harder because you're like, 'Oh, an Olympian's here,'" said RWU senior Brittany Cuevas of Holliston, Massachusetts.
Beisel will stay home until the end of the year, spending the holidays with family and friends, and then it's back to work. She will train in Spain in January and Australia in February with the World Champions on her mind for next summer.