Facing fear with Kim Chambers

Kim Chambers set a record as the first woman to swim from The Farallon Islands to San Francisco – 30 miles in 17 hours. Listen to how she uses fear as motivation to reach her goals.


Kim Chambers was a 30 years old athlete and powerful executive when she slipped and fell down a set of stairs. The serious injuries she sustained changed the course of her life. She defied the odds by surviving the fall, relearning to walk and becoming one of the most accomplished marathon swimmers in the world.

In 2014, she became the sixth person (and third woman) to complete the Oceans Seven, the swimming equivalent of climbing the Seven Summits. Each swim of the Oceans Seven is chosen for their treacherous conditions. Then, in 2015, Kim set a new world record to become the first woman to swim 30 miles from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge, a swim that’s incredibly dangerous. It’s full of strong currents, extremely cold water, big waves and a large population of great white sharks. Kim didn’t let fear stop her. In fact, she embraced it.

Today, Kim uses her platform to inspire women (and men) of all ages to appreciate their bodies and to pursue their dreams even if they seem unrealistic. While she’s continued to set new records and battle more challenges herself, she continues to be a huge proponent and a master at teaching people to face fear and push through it.

Listen to this episode if:

  • You are trying to get over your fears.
  • You are a swimmer.
  • You’ve ever battled something that seems impossible at the moment to get through.
  • You love stories of people defying the odds.


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