Content warning: This episodes contains discussions of eating disorders. During the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, our listeners had a ton of questions about ski jumping (particularly with that suit controversy). We talked with Blake Hughes, former USA Nordic Women's Ski Jumping Team Director and Head Coach of USA Nordic Sport, to sort it all out.

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We talk a lot about more nations getting involved with sports, or smaller nations having more presence at an Olympics or Paralympics. For a nation to be at the Games, they need to have a national governing body in the sport – but what does it take to start one? On this episode we’re talking with skeleton athlete Shannon Galea, who has dual citizenship with Canada and Malta, and who founded the Maltese Bobsled and Skeleton Federation with hopes of qualifying for the Olympics.

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Nordic Combined is the only sport on the current Olympic program that is only open to men. Many athletes are working to change that, including Team USA’s Annika Malacinski. We talk with Annika about how the sport works, which surprisingly involves a lot of body measurements (see: ski jumping suit scandal at Beijing), and we learn about one of the best winner's prizes ever. Also, how you can help the women in their effort to get onto the Olympic program.

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What are TKFLASTANIs like on other podcasts? We've got a special cross-over episode of Hear Her Sports, where host Elizabeth Emery talks with Olympic speedskater Erin Jackson. Dive into more of the details of this sport -- something we love to do!

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What can we look forward to from the ski slopes at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics? No one really knows, but Tom Kelly has a good guess. Tom, who's an Olympics communicator and has been involved with skiing and snowboarding events for decades, walks us through each of the disciplines on the Alpine Skiing program at this year's Olympics. Who should we look for, and how many times do we say, "Hot Diggity!"? Listen to find out!

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We're sliding closer to Beijing 2022! On this episode Olympian Jayson Terdiman tells us how the sport of doubles luge works, from top to bottom. Plus, news from TKFLASTAN and an update on the medal ceremony elements for Beijing 2022 as we hit 30 days to go before the Olympics. Does Jill have a flight yet?

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TKFLASTANI biathlete Clare Egan is back to discuss what's on tap for the biathlon competition at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.....well, what she knows about the venue. We also learn about ski waxing and how China (not a biathlon powerhouse) is coming along in the sport. Be sure to listen to the show for a big announcement about the last episode of the year and how you can be a part of it!

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This week we're joined by Wayne Lamarre, who will be traveling to Beijing 2022 as an athlete trainer on the team's support staff. Wayne is the is a Clinical Professor and the Director, Athletic Training Program at the University of New England. He is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and has served on the medical staff for the U.S. Women's National Ice Hockey Team since 2015. Wayne talked with us about what an athletic trainer does and how their techniques have evolved in the last several years.

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All of our TKFLASTANIS are very dear to us, but Citizen #1 will have a special place in our hearts. Bobsledder Josh Williamson, winner of the first season of Team USA's "The Next Olympic Hopeful" was our first interviewee, and now he returns, on the cusp of fulfilling his "Next Olympic Hopeful" goals and making it to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Book Club Claire is back to discuss the book World Class: The Making of the U.S. Women's Cross-Country Ski Team by Peggy Shinn. We also have some updates from the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee on how they'll make the Olympics work. But if they can't, Florida is really to step in.

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What's it like to become the first Olympian for your country in the sport of skeleton? Israeli athlete AJ Edelman tells us about his experiences in the sport of skeleton and his current work in building up Israel's bobsled and skeleton team in hopes of competing at the Beijing 2022 Olympics.

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We need to cool off, so we're hitting the ice -- the curling ice, that is. On this episode we talk with Derek Leung, a graduate student pursuing a research master’s in geology at the University of Edinburgh. His focus is on the damage evolution of curling stones, so we wanted to hear what he's discovered about the rocks themselves.

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We're going back to 1976 to hear one Olympian's story of what life was like on the luge track at a time when there wasn't even a U.S. Luge Association. Maura Grogan, née Haponski, tells us how she got involved in the sport as a high schooler, what it was like to train with hardly any resources, and about her time at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck.

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Team USA recently aired Season 3 of its "The Next Olympic Hopeful" program in which it tests athletes from around the country to find potential talent that can fill out the development programs in some of the smaller sports on the Olympic program. Skeleton winner Leah Fair joins us to talk about her experience on the show, what it's like to hurl yourself down a mountain face first, and what she learned about custom fitting a skeleton helmet.

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