Publications+Commentary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               As a thought leader in higher education and the sporting world generally, Betsy appreciates the opportunity to connect with others in similar and disparate fields to discuss the massive impact that sports have on our society from all angles including morally, recreationally, educationally, economically and more. In 2024, Betsy is launching two book projects.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The first, More than Medals, is a memoir-esque set of lessons learned on her journey from YMCA swimming to collegiate dominance and Olympic medals in 1984 and 1988. Betsy shares these lessons in an inspirational commentary on the state of youth sports today and how we need to find and keep the joy in amateur sports. Targeting youth sport parents, coaches and athletes, Betsy’s mission as a collegiate athletic director and thought leader in college sports is to hold meaningful conversations on how to refocus our amateur sports culture on development, character and fun.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         As of May 20, More Than Medals is available in three formats: paperback, e-reader, and an audio book, which Betsy narrates herself! Please pre-order today and check below for upcoming conversations, readings and signings. Please reach out to arrange an engagement for your organization.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Purchase More Than Medals at betsymitchell.us/buy                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Betsy’s next book, Swimming Upstream, is a thought leader set of essays regarding Youth, College and Olympic Sports and the ruinous path we are on. Betsy’s perspective is unique, fresh and unafraid to surface the many things gone wrong in our sporting culture today, despite having achieved and enjoyed participating and winning at every level, in two sports.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Publications:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Creating a Change Culture” Athletic Management, February, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Athletic Recruiting” Presenting Yourself to Colleges. Greene, Howard. January 2002                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “To be fair pay for performance,” The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, February 18, 2000                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Amateur means ‘one who loves’,” The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, August 6, 1999                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Olympic Games’ discarded ideals must be restored,” USA Today, Washington, DC, Feb. 1999                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “The Olympics’ Lost Glory,” The Wall Street Journal, New York, NY, February 2, 1999                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Co-author, Swimming: Character and Excellence, Arche Press, Silver Spring, MD, 1994                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “More Than Medals,” CG Sports Publishing, Seattle, WA, May 2024

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Betsy Mitchell, two-time Olympian, gold medalist, world champion and record holder, provides details about her youth and her rise to greatness in the sport of swimming. During her journey competing...

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The Fight Over the Future of College Sports Is Here: ‘It Needs to Implode’

If anyone knows the issues within the NCAA, it’s Betsy Mitchell. She was an athlete at one of college athletics’ richest juggernauts, Texas, has been a coach at Division I’s lowest tier and now...

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NCAA: Same old problem, not new constitutional crises.

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International Caltech recruitment event speaks to high school students about women in STEM…

Betsy delivers remarks to high school students across the globe about the esteemed Caltech athletics program and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields). Her...

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A Pre- and Post-Covid College Athletics Perspective

May  1, 2020 In college sports, what really matters is not “new,” but rather should be normal.  I am a collegiate athletic director and Olympian. Over my 30 year career in sports and...

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NCAA Name, Image and Likeness Modernization—Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater: A Perspective

Name, Image and Likeness Modernization—Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater … Three members of the NCAA Board of Governors working group on Name, Image and Likeness were present and, on...

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