Episode 201: Randal Roark and Michael Dobbins on Atlanta 1996’s Olympic Legacy

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Atlanta 1996, so we are talking about the legacy of those Games from the city planning perspective. We’re joined by Randal Roark and Michael Dobbins, who along with Leon Eplan wrote the new book "Atlanta’s Olympic Resurgence: How the 1996 Games Revived a Struggling City." We talked about the planning that went into those Games, plans that didn’t work and the legacy of those Games.Read more

Episode 200: SPC Alejandro Sancho on Greco-Roman Wrestling

One week from Tokyo 2020! Today we're learning about Greco-Roman wrestling from SPC Alejandro Sancho of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. Alejandro will be competing for Team USA at Tokyo 2020 in the 67kg weight class. We talk about how to distinguish Greco-Roman from freestyle wrestling and what it's like to drop someone on their head.Read more

Episode 199: Tim Sherry on Three-Position Rifle

We're on the shooting range with SPC Tim Sherry of Team USA and the US Army Marksmanship Unit. Tim walks us through the sport of 3 Position Rifle, including how to shoot in wind and rain, dealing with your feet falling asleep during competition, how puberty affects your shooting, the cost of a rifle, and why the new Olympic mixed rifle event will be exciting to watch.Read more

Episode 198: Historian Georgia Cervin on the Evolution of Women’s Gymnastics

Women's gymnastics is one of the most popular Olympic events, but the way the sport evolved made it ripe for abuse and overtraining. Sports scholar and former international gymnast Georgia Cervin joins us to talk about her book, "Degrees of Difficulty: How Women’s Gymnastics Rose to Prominence and Fell From Grace" Just how did such a popular sport become such a welcome environment for abuse, and can today's gymnastic stars change their sport for the better?Read more

Episode 197: “Total Olympics” Author Jeremy Fuchs

On this episode we look at great and unique Olympic moments with Jeremy Fuchs, author of the new book "Total Olympics: Every Obscure, Hilarious, Dramatic and Inspiring Tale Worth Knowing." We talk Olympic legends, how the Nazis used the 1936 Winter Olympics as a dress rehearsal for the Berlin Summer Olympics, and the infamous plunge for distance event.Read more

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