Book Club Claire is back for another session of book club! This time we've got our first Paralympics-related selection: "Driven to Ride: The True Story of an Elite Athlete Who Rebuilt His Leg, His Life, and His Career" by two-time Paralympic Snowboarder Mike Schultz. In the genre of athlete memoir, how does this one rate with us?
It's Part 2 of our contributor roundtable with Book Club Claire and Superfan Sarah, with more hot takes on the Beijing 2022 Olympics and Paralympics. Plus, Jill has a story she's been waiting seven weeks to tell.
We are back from Beijing, so it's time to talk about all of the things we couldn't get to while we were in China! Coming along for the fun are contributors Book Club Claire and Superfan Sarah. We talk with them about how we got out of China, as well as the US vs. China Games experience.
Our contributors Book Club Claire and Super Fan Sarah are back to talk about what they're looking forward to at Beijing. Plus, Jill has made it to China and tells how her trip almost didn't happen. But, she's in the closed loop and is ready to report back on what she's experienced so far.
Book Club Claire is back for our first book club session of 2022! Because of the cries from various Western countries (United States, we’re looking at you) to boycott the Beijing 2022 and the ensuing...
Book Club Claire is back with our last selection for 2021: Off Balance: A Memoir by Dominique Moceanu, which a nice tie-in with our year-long look back at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics. Question is, how angry will Alison get this episode?
Book Club Claire is back to discuss our latest selection: Sevens Heaven by Ben Ryan. As you may remember from Episode 193, Ben coached the Fijian men's rugby sevens team to (spoiler alert) win Fiji's first-ever Olympic gold medal. His book is the story of all of the work that went into achieving that victory.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are almost here (we hope)! We sit down with contributors Book Club Claire and Superfan Sarah to talk about what we think will happen during the Olympics.
Book Club Claire is BACK for our discussion of "Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John du Pont's Madness, and the quest for Olympic Gold" by Mark Schultz with David Thomas. Bonus! The dulcet tones of Jason Bryant also joins us to give context to the story and how it affected the wrestling community. Plus, we've got new Tokyo 2020 Playbooks, news on the torch relay, an Atlanta 1996 story and the International Olympic Committee's announcement about its virtual sports event.
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.
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.
Book Club Claire is back for a lively discussion of A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold and Beyond, by Abhinav Bindra, India's first individual Olympic gold medalist who competed in the sport of air rifle. Does it hit the bulls-eye as a good read, or does it miss the mark?
Book Club Claire is back to discuss 1964: The Greatest Year in the History of Japan: How the Tokyo Olympics Symbolized Japan’s Miraculous Rise from the Ashes by Roy Tomizawa. Also, we have found our nickname for John Coates--and we can't even take credit for it.
Book Club Claire is back to discuss “Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany” by Andrew Maraniss.
Book Club Claire is back! We've got a rousing discussion of "The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle" by Kent Alexander & Kevin Salwen. The book covers the story of the bombing during the Atlanta 1996 Olympics and how the rise of the 24-hour media cycle contributed to getting the story wrong.