#097: Andrew Lauterstein - How talent and hard work make a three-time Olympic medallist

By Jordan Michaelides
December 18, 2018

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Andrew Lauterstein (@alauterstein) is a retired Australian swimmer, three-time Olympic medallist, owner of the New Wave Swim School and Director of Engine Swim.

Andy is the perfect match of both talent and hard work. Clearly aware that he holds a nous for sport & high-performance, Andy rarely lets that get in the way of a focused growth mindset. When I spoke with his sister, it was interesting that she highlighted his willingness to give even mere mortals like myself the time in his busy schedule - when really he doesn’t have to.

I remember Andrew very well from my early years at the Senior School of Brighton Grammar. Lauto, as he was affectionately known, was somewhat of a god for us Year 9 kids - but surprisingly one of the friendliest people you’d come across. That leadership and willingness to care about people is what his sister spoke about, and was the attribute that always made me look up to him, and how to carry yourself as a man.

This was a great chat, where we covered:

  • Reuniting with Brighton Grammar

  • Why swimming?

  • Talent vs hard work

  • His time at the Olympics

  • Sponsorships & social media

  • Engine Swim

  • Crucial elements to swimming

  • Burnout and how he decompresses

  • BJJ, Crossfit & the high-performance mindset

If you enjoy this episode, you will highly likely enjoy our chats with strength coaches Eugene Teo or Olivia Orchowski.


01:27 - Introduction

04:33 - Surf lifesaving

05:54 - Early childhood memories

09:22 - Working with his parents

14:32 - Reuniting with Brighton Grammar

17:29 - Why swimming?

18:58 - Talent vs hard work

20:30 - Leadership & principles

22:30 - His time at the Olympics

25:36 - Hindsight and doing things differently

28:55 - Life as an Olympian

33:06 - Sponsorships & social media

34:40 - Training schedule at his peak

36:50 - Engine Swim

42:18 - Service vs retail brands

43:41 - Living on the peninsula

47:53 - Crucial elements to swimming

51:34 - Dealing with burnout

55:00 - Loving the job

57:06 - How he decompresses

58:00 - BJJ, Crossfit & the high performance mindset

01:03:26 - Daily routines

01:06:24 - Exercise program

01:08:57 - Best purchase under $200

01:11:55 - A book he’d gift

01:12:35 - A quote he lives by


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