Ep. 09 – Quieting the Noise with Samantha Arsenault Livingstone

In this episode of UnNiched, we hear from Samantha Aresenault-Livingstone, Olympic gold medalist, high performance coach and consultant, transformational speaker and educator, and the creator of Rise Free Academy. Samantha discusses her lifelong struggle with perfectionism, from a childhood athlete to a young woman with an Olympic gold medal around her neck. It was her run in with every parent's worst nightmare that changed everything for her. Join me for this empowering, soul-stirring conversation!


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Samantha Arsenault Livingstone is an Olympic Gold Medalist, high-performance coach and consultant, transformational speaker, educator and entrepreneur. After a traumatic and perspective-shifting experience involving one of her daughters, Samantha took a leap into the world of entrepreneurship to pay forward all she's learned about achievement, rising from failure and finding happiness.

Today, Samantha helps athletes, coaches and women who lead to cultivate the habits, mindset shifts and skill set needed to quiet the noise, release the grip of fear and step unapologetically into their light so they can achieve AND feel fulfilled along the way.

She is the founder of Livingstone High Performance, LLC. and the Rise Free Academy, an 8-module online academy infused with live coaching. In addition to private and group coaching, Samantha works with organizations and teams to design and implement the WHOLE Athlete Initiative, a holistic approach to cultivating high-performance cultures that supports the growth of brave, resilient, mindful athletes. Programming includes, but is not limited to Mindful Sports Performance Enhancement (MSPE), culture building, leadership training and Athlete Wellness Initiatives.

Samantha earned a master’s in education and spent six years teaching science at Norcross High School in Georgia, where she served on the school-wide leadership council; co-chaired the science department; served as curriculum leader for biology teachers; and was nominated for Teacher of the Year.

Samantha was a member of the U.S. National Team, 1999 U.S. Pan Pacific Team and 2000 U.S. Olympic Team.  As an 18-year-old, she stood atop the Olympic podium in Sydney, Australia after swimming the lead-off leg of the record-setting 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay. Post- Olympics, Samantha battled an eating disorder, depression and shoulder surgery. With the help of an amazing mentor, she rose from the rubble stronger, happier and healthier, ending her career as a 7 x NCAA All-American. To close out her career, Samantha led her teammates to the 2005 National Championship title as the co-captain of the Georgia Bulldogs.

She was named the 2005 NCAA Georgia Woman of the Year and is a recipient of the 2005 NCAA Top VIII Award given to student- athletes for their success on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. She earned the Joel Eves award at the University of Georgia for earning the highest GPA of all student-athletes in her graduating class and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America 1st Team.  She was a recipient of post-graduate scholarships from both the SEC and NCAA.

Samantha resides in Berkshire County, Massachusetts with her husband and four daughters. She is a mama of multiples, and a mama of a heart warrior, as well as the wife of a coach and entrepreneur. She candidly shares her battles with the inner critic, depression, perfection, PTSD and parenting as a working mother because she believes in the transformative power of story - and the strength that comes from knowing we are not alone.