This week visually impaired Paralympian Ness Murby is back to talk about how visual impairments work in his para athletics event, the discus. Ness told about the classification process, the importance of having a sports assistant, and who was more popular at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, him or his service dog Lexington.
This week we're kicking off our year of looking back at Atlanta 1996. Sarah Dylla is an Exhibition Curator at the Atlanta History Center, and she’s curated the museum’s new exhibit on the Atlanta Games called Atlanta ‘96: Shaping an Olympic and Paralympic City. We talked with Sarah about the exhibit, how the Games got to Atlanta and how they affected the city….and yes, we’ve got Izzy talk too.
2020's been a doozy for the Olympic and Paralympic world, so we put together a contributor roundtable with Book Club Claire and Superfan Sarah to talk about the biggest stories from this non-Olympic year.
We're on a boat! The last Lightning Round episode of the year features Olympic paddlers we've interviewed in 2020: Andras Törő, Leslie Klein and Luuka Jones.
What's the historical Olympics that Keep the Flame Alive podcast will cover next year? Olympipod's Ruth and Chris join us for the big announcement and some background on these Games.
This week we've got two conversations covering different elements of gender and sport. First up is Olympian Jackie Silva, ambassador for the #LetHerRun movement. Then we've got Paralympian Ness Murby to talk about transgender and the gender spectrum in sports. Plus, the International Olympic Committee has approved the event program for Paris 2024 -- we've got all the b-details for you!
The Velvet Voice of John Register returns, and this time we're talking about his Paralympic experiences. John tells us how he was on track to make the Olympic team until a horrific accident closed that door and opened a window into the world of the Paralympics. John talks about learning how the other half lives when experiencing the Atlanta 1996 Games, and how good hosts can create an exceptional Games, like Sydney did in 2000. Plus, an Aretha Franklin encounter!
We're celebrating U.S. Thanksgiving with an all-author edition of our Lightning Round series. Enjoy some hot takes from Stephen Wenn and Robert Barney, David Davis and Andrew Maraniss.
Film Buff Fran is back for the first non-English-language movie we're featuring in Movie Club: "Gold: The Dream that United Our Nation," on the 1948 Indian field hockey team that competed as an independent nation for the first time at the London 1948 Olympics. Will it move us? Will we break out into a Bollywood song and dance number? Will Alison show us her abs? You'll have to listen to find out!
When your Olympics is halfway around the world, how does your body clock affect your performance? We talk with researcher Renska Lok about circadian rhythms and the surprising way they can affect Olympians' competitions.