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Catalog Number 2013.55.68
Object Name Video
Title Carolyn Waldo
Scope & Content Carolyn Waldo:
00:47How did you get into synchronized swimming: almost drowned at age 3, developed fear and hatred of water, age 10 kids teasing her so she tried to swim, life guard who was synchro coach invited her to try out the sport, learned how to swim through synchro, realized she was not bad at it and pursued it
01:29Other sports: played every sport but swimming least favourite "but I wanted that Canada jacket. That is why I was determined to get involved in sport because I wanted to represent my country in whatever sport that would be"; did track, gymnastics, volleyball, football
02:20At what point did you decide synchro was your sport: decided to focus at age 14 after being away from the sport for 6 months that she missed it and realized her potential and could go somewhere with it
03:04At what point did you lose your fear: my fear was always there throughout my career, when she took off the goggles for the competition it created the fear again
03:52Sports idol: Terry Fox, most amazing athlete, Canadian and human being; what he accomplished for cancer; no model for synchro; her parents & coach role models
04:34What was it about Terry that inspired you: his determination, courage, never wanting to give up in life, fear on cancer coming back, could relate to that, Terry embodied what the Canadian spirit is
05:14What was it about synchro that connected with you: floated well, had perfect body makeup to be a synchro swimmer, was improving quickly & beating people older than her at a very young age motivates you when you see yourself improving and doing well, makes you want to see how much you can do if you push the envelope
05:51Right body type for synchro: right proportion of bone, muscle mass and fat, she is very small boned and buoyant
06:30Progress in sport: the journey was an enormous sacrifice, talks about the training regime, "I had a passion ... I knew what I wanted to achieve in life"
07:06When did you get your Canada jacket: first time at age 15, so proud, so excited
07:53I am a true Canadian at heart and I am so proud of my heritage of being Canadian, talks about wearing your country on your back
08:31Difference between solo and duet: solo you are by yourself, can put all of your strengths in your programme; duet have to overcompensate for your partner's weaknesses and strengths and have to be identical mirror images of one another, have to become one, even same pulse rate, on same wavelength, think the same, have the same reflexes
09:34Training for both events: very common in the sport, balance of life and sport, if focus on one event put too much pressure on yourself, if have other events you can fall back on them if have a bad performance in one
10:32Did you compete as a team: competed in the team event, lots of fun, dealing with 8 girls in a pool challenge
11:06When did you know you were going to the Olympics: felt like she had won a lottery, got a call from her coach that the solo event had been added to the 1984 Olympics and as Canadian champion she was selected to the team, had 2 months to prepare
11:45On walking into the stadium: amazing experience to be with the best athletes in the world
12:12How did you prepare: trained 6-8 hours a day, like a robot, when got there - now it is the time to get the job done; "That's what training is. If you do your homework, then you should have success."
12:53How did you build on the Olympic experience into the next one: overwhelming because of the media coverage, the Olympics are the Rolls Royce of any amateur event in the world, talks about being the in spotlight and having to adjust, biggest learning experience to dilute the pressure, dilute the media attention and make it seem like any other competition
14:00Solo event: confident going it that was going to win Gold or Silver, knew had to work hard for both Gold medals, duet won by 1/10th point, beat identical twins
14:54Competing over 2 days: you are in your own little world, just focused on the task and what she had to do, she had to calm herself down and not to think of the event, relieved the pressure by thinking of fun things, anything but synchro
15:46When did you realized you won the Gold: did very well in compulsory figures and went in 3 points ahead, knew Gold medal was pretty well won; duet different as the teams were neck and neck, could not afford to mess up if they wanted to win
16:35Contrast the Gold and Silver medals: 1984 Games went in with no expectations, had never been at a competition like that, elated with the Silver and the experience; 1988 was a job, different mindset; 1984 was more relaxed and 1988 more pressure filled
17:36On the podium moment: bittersweet moment in 1988, knew it was over & never experience this again, being the centre of the world, at top of the podium, great way to end her career
18:15How did you calm down from that for the duet: now have another job to do, continue on the same mental wave
18:46How did you and Michelle prepare: try not to put pressure on one another, let's go have fun, realized it was a moment to enjoy
19:36Prepared by spending a lot of time together, getting to know one another, getting to know mannerisms, did laps in synchro, got to get same bio-rhythms used video as well
20:36Was there a difference winning with a partner: nice to win a Gold with someone else because could share the moment, in the solo no one else knew what it felt like
21:02Bittersweet moment, they realized they had been training all their lives for this moment but now it's over and how can we duplicate this feeling
21:54Why retire then: time to turn the page and move forward with a career
22:22Career as a broadcaster: liked the people who did the interviews and felt she could be good at it, had experience being interviewed; did attend the 1992 Barcelona Games as a colour commentator for synchronized swimming
23:04/25:55What is the toughest thing to master: mental toughness to hold breath underwater when you want to come up, longest time held breath 1 minute, in the duet event, one of the toughest routines, her partner passed out several times, very demanding and difficult
27:07Life lesson: don't give up; went from a kid who almost drowned to having a passion about something, was told by one coach she would never be a World Champion but pursued it because it was something she loved. "And you really have to love what you are doing in live to be successful at it."
27:35On applying what she learned in sport to life: to persevere in life - be patient, be willing to try your hardest and not give up, these are wonderful qualities to have
28:11Talks about funny moment
29:19Touching moment: when won the 2 Gold and knowing career was over, proudest moment being name flag bearer in 1988, huge honour for herself and her sport
31:10On cultural diversity in sport: enormous spectrum at the Olympics, every single race and religion coming together, feeling that the whole world is at peace and we were all the same
31:51On being competitive: You don't have to be really competitive to enjoy sport. It gives you so much confidence ... It makes you feel good about yourself when you do have success. You don't have to be the best in the world. You can be best in your school or against the other kids. And that is success.
32:47On be inducted into the CSHoF: you take things for granted when you are younger, now realizes the enormity of the honour
33:40Other things learned from sport: failure is not a bad thing, can learn a lot from failure, it make you a stronger person, it's how you deal with failure in life that your learn from it. "Whatever you put into life is what you will get out of it."
34:29Talks about the Gold medals; feels it is important for athletes to share their success
36:00Not much contact with sport as very busy
36:28On Julie Sauve being inducted: always nice to see your sport recognized

Year Range from 1984
Year Range to 1988
Subjects synchronized swimming
1988 Olympic Games Seoul
Gold medal
1984 Olympic Game Los Angeles
Silver medal
World Championships
Search Terms passion
goal oriented/achievement
team work