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Meet Myriam Glez of Athletes Soul in Marina Del Rey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Myriam Glez.

Myriam, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a former synchronized swimmer. I competed for the French National Team for many years including many international competitions and the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In 2002, I transitioned from the pool to the office. At the time, I got accepted in one of the top business school in France and my sport federation asked me to choose between sport and education. I pursued higher education and earned a degree, which led to a job opportunity in marketing.

I worked for a hotel company and moved to Australia. After a few years living in Australia, I got the opportunity to return to the pool and was lucky enough to swim in a second Olympic Games, this time for Australia. It renewed my love for sports and when I retired again, I began working in sports management, going back to the Olympics as a coach and finally working as CEO of USA Synchronized Swimming.

In recent years, I’ve provided guidance to athletes. The many experiences I’ve had in the pool, at the office, and in the boardroom have allowed me to share insight and perspective, but also to identify and associate common patterns. This became my inspiration for creating Athletes Soul, a non-profit organization which supports athletes as they transition out of sports. I wanted to continue to support athletes but in a different way, one that was more directly focused on their well-being and personality to allow them to fully realize themselves after sports and give them options. The creation of this organization is the results of my life experiences as an athlete, coach and executive.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Our organization is fairly recent. We are still in the early stages of development. So far, it has been pretty smooth but I think it is because we spent quite some time developing the right structure.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Athletes Soul is a 501(c)3 start-up non-profit organization which was founded by former athletes. Its mission is to support retiring athletes as they transition out of sports and raise awareness about the challenges of athletic retirement. Athletes dedicate their formative years to the pursuit of excellence in sports, and oftentimes, they develop an exclusive athletic identity. Upon retirement, they will suddenly lose this identity, resulting in low self-esteem, lack or confidence and lack of purpose. Athletes Soul helps retiring athletes navigate the end of their sporting career, providing them with holistic transition coaching and offboarding educational tools. The ultimate goal is to help athletes find inspiration, balance and purpose as they move into the next chapter of their life.

Our organization was created after many months of research, reflection and consultation with former athletes who are passionate about sports, well-being and transition. This allowed us to create an organization with solid foundations and define all aspects of the business. We believe that our structure is what sets us apart from others.

Athletes Soul is unique because it is:
– Independent from sporting institutions and run by former athletes – serving exclusively the interests of athletes;
– Holistic – we address all aspects of the transition from sports;
– Accessible – open to ALL athletes with no eligibility limitations and offering financial aid;
– Mission-driven and not-for-profit – solely focused on transition from sports and supporting retiring athletes;
– Specific – our curriculum is specific to the transition from elite sports.

What role has luck (good luck or bad luck) played in your life and business?
I don’t really think in terms of luck. I believe you need to be ready to grab any opportunity when it comes. Even an event that may appear as bad luck can be turned into a great opportunity. Throughout my personal and professional life, I have been able to create and grab incredible opportunities. This has allowed me to live in several countries, change career several times and create several organizations.

Pricing:

  • 6-month transition coaching (individual) – $5,000/athlete
  • Accelerator program – $6,000/athlete
  • A La Carte transition coaching – Pack of 5 sessions $1,800, Pack of 10 sessions $3,600

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Image Credit:
Poby photography, Alan Place

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