Summer Sanders

William Olver 02 Feb,2017

Facts of Summer Sanders

Birth Name
Summer Elisabeth Sanders
Famous Name
Summer Sanders
Married to
Erik Schlopy (m. 2005), Mark Henderson (m. 1997–2001)
Currently Married
Bob Sanders
Barbara Hopewell
Older brother named Trevor
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Career & Net worth

Net Worth
$2.5 million
Sportscaster, Reporter, Actress and former Olympic Champion.
Currently Club
HLN (Owned by CNN)


Married to
Erik Schlopy (m. 2005), Mark Henderson (m. 1997–2001)
Currently Married

Summer Elisabeth Sanders is an American former competition swimmer, sportscaster, TV host, and actress. Known for winning Olympic gold medals in the 1992 Olympics, as of 2018, Sanders is currently working as a commentator on Pac-12 network. In addition, she has also worked for NBC, MTV, WNBA, and CBS Sports in the past.


The former resident of Park City, Utah, Sanders reportedly earns around $60,000, as her yearly salary from the network. As of 2018, she reportedly has an estimated net worth of over $2.5 million. Her first marriage with Mark Henderson ended in divorce in 1997.  Later, in 2005, she married  Erik Schlopy, a World Cup Skier and has two beautiful children named Robert and Skye with him.

Summer Sanders Early Life and Educational History

Summer Elisabeth Sanders was born on October 13, 1972, in Roseville, California to father Bob Sanders and mother Barbara Hopewell. She grew up along her older brother Trevor.

CAPTION: Sanders(right) with her mom and brother SOURCE:

By nationality, she is an American nationality and belongs to the White ethnic group. Further, her star sign is Libra. Sanders completed her schooling from Oakmont High School in Roseville, California. Afterward, she got a swimming scholarship to attend Stanford University in 1990.

CAPTION: Summer Sanders High School Graduation photo SOURCE:

While at Stanford, she represented the United States for the 1992 Summer Olympics, an international multi-sport event celebrated in Barcelona, Spain.  Later, she graduated with B.A in Communications. Growing up she used to be a huge fan of Michael Jordan.

Summer Sanders Net worth and Salary

Sanders, the former competition swimmer is one of the popular female athletes who has made a successful career. As of 2018, Sanders has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million including her career earnings and personal properties. Still, her net worth is more than other fellow swimmers like Natalie Coughlin, Amy Van Dyken, and Allison Schmitt.

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Her 25-year television career began with CBS Sports and MTV as a commentator. Currently, she is associated with Pac-12 Network. As per reports, Sanders earns roughly $60,000 as a yearly salary.

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In March 2017, Summer appeared as a brand ambassador for Coolibar, a company which makes UV protective fabrics to prevent skin cancer. Apart from that, she is also the co-founder of a production company called BlackLine Media.

Further, the beautiful reporter added a good sum of money from her acting and television appearances. Sanders appeared in popular movies like JerryMaguire and Broken Records.

CAPTION: Sanders' home in Spain SOURCE:

Summer along with her family currently lives in Santander, Spain and has a beautiful home there. Previously, they lived in Park City, Utah.

Summer Sanders Professional Career

Swimming career

At an early age, Summer began competing in various school sports like volleyball and swimming. She first gained recognition from the swimming world, at the age of 15, after winning the third position in the 1988 Olympics.

CAPTION: Summer Sanders won four Olympic Medals in 1992 Olympics SOURCE: Twitter/Summer Sanders

In 1991, Sanders enrolled at Stanford University on a swimming scholarship, where she was coached by Richard Quick. In her 2-year college swimming career, she won 8 NCAA National Championship titles

Medals, Highlights, and Awards

Year Olympic Games World Championships Pan Pacific Championships
  • Gold  200m butterfly
  • Silver 200m medley
  • Bronze 400m medley
  • Gold 200m butterfly
  • Gold 200m medley
  • Gold 400m medley
  • Gold 200m butterfly
  • Gold 400m butterfly
  • Silver 200m medley
  • Bronze 400m medley
  • 1992 Sports Award

In 1991 World Championships in Perth, Australia, she then became the first American woman since Hall of Famer Shirley Babashoff (1976) to qualify for four individual events at one Olympiad at the 1992 Olympic Trials.

Broadcasting career

In 1993, Sanders agreed to do color commentary for the NCAA Swimming Championships. With NBC, she acted as an Olympic analyst and host during 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Games.

Summer spent eight years co-hosting NBA's "Inside Stuff" with Ahmad Rashad, also being a sideline reporter for the WNBA (Lifetime, 1997–1999; NBC, 1999–2002). She soon graduated to TV host—working for the 1994 MTV sports competition series "Sandblast".

Sanders is the first female host of a Nickelodeon game show "Figure It Out" (1997-1999).

Sanders hosted the award-winning "Elite Athlete Workouts" on Yahoo Sports and covered the 2012 London Olympic Games for the news outlet. She currently serves as a commentator on the new Pac-12 Network.

Summer Sanders Personal Life

As of 2018, Summer Sanders is 46 years old. Further, her star sign is Libra.  Summer has an impressive height of 5 feet 9 inch (1.75m) and has a weight of 57 kg (125.6lbs). Regarding her personal life, Sanders married Olympic Swimmer Mark Henderson on July 4, 1997. They lived together for a while and later in 2001, they divorced each other. 

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Currently, she is married to Erik Schlopy, a World Cup Skier. He is the former competent of 2006 Winter Olympics. The couple has been blessed with two gorgeous children. On April 21, 2006, their first child Skye Bella (daughter) was born. After two years, their second child Charles Robert (Son) was born on January 8, 2008.

Summer Sanders regularly conducts charitable programs and is very passionate about social activities. She was first appointed by the U.S Fund for UNICEF Ambassador in 1995.

Summer Sanders Facts

  • Age: 46 years as of 2018
  • Height: 5 feet 9 inch (1.75m)
  • Weight: 57kg (126 lbs)
  • Body Measurement: 34-25-36 inches
  • Net worth: $2 million
  • Salary: $40,000
  • She survived three melanomas

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