Leslie Klein, Olympian and former director of the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee's Athlete Career and Education (ACE) program, talks with Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown on athletes' transition from competitive/elite sport in this episode of Keep the Flame Alive podcast..

Episode 149: Leslie Klein on Elite Athlete Transition from Sport

Release Date: August 13, 2020

Category: Athletes | Podcast

If 2020 was a normal year, we would’ve just said good-bye to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics–and many athletes would be making big decisions about their futures. Since many athletes retire after an Olympics, we wanted to look at how elite athletes transition out of competitive life. To help us understand this topic, we talked with Leslie Klein, an Olympian who most recently was the Director of Athlete Career and Education (ACE) at the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee until the COVID-19 pandemic eliminated her position. She told us about the efforts of Team USA and other National Olympic Committees to help their athletes plan for life beyond sport.

In our visit to TKFLASTAN, we read Phil Andrews thoughts on leadership during COVID-19 and heard how Kikkan Randall plans comebacks.

Also, Team Canada has released its Olympic kit (we definitely have some thoughts about this, which are hindered by Alison’s attempt to be more positive), and the Hungarian Olympic Committee is now branding itself as Magyarock.

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Photo courtesy of Leslie Klein.