Alison Brown and Jill Jaracz

Keep the Flame Alive® is the podcast for fans of the Olympics and Paralympics. Hosted by Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown, this weekly show has everything fans want to know about the Olympic and Paralympic Movements: How sports work, history, host city information, and much more! During the Games, our daily recaps cover all of the action.

Founded in 2017, Keep the Flame Alive® is one of the first continually-running podcasts about the Olympics and Paralympics. We have regularly been featured in the press, have spoken at industry conferences and were nominated for a 2022 Sports Podcast Award. We were honored to be accredited for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.


Meet the Team

Jill Jaracz – Host and Executive Producer

Jill Jaracz got hooked on the Olympics during LA 1984. A former research librarian, she’s also a freelance writer – check out her website and LinkedIn profile for more.

Alison Brown – Co-Host and Producer

Alison Brown fell in love with the Olympics watching Dorothy Hamil and Nadia Comenici. Alison is also a former research librarian and has spent several years in the nonprofit sector. Follow her on Insta and LinkedIn.

Ben Jackson – Contributor

Ben Jackson is a journalist turned trade association executive. He has tried a number of Olympic sports and currently does fencing and archery. Follow him on Twitter.

Book Club Claire – Contributor

Claire is an athletics fanatic (especially throws). Follow her on Twitter.

Film Buff Fran – Contributor

Fran Johnson leads our Movie Club discussions.

Super Fan Sarah – Contributor

Sarah Patton has been officially recognized as Team USA’s #1 fan and is a regular contributor and guest host on Keep the Flame Alive. She is also the co-host of The Games Odyssey podcast. Follow her on Twitter.