Olympic Channel Podcast

Olympic Channel Podcast

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Inspiration and motivation from the Olympics with interviews from the world’s best athletes. Discover the mentalilty it takes to succeed in one of the planet’s toughest tests: the Olympic Games. Whether it’s wrestling, swimming, figure skating, weightlifting, or gymnastics - the Olympic Channel Podcast will have you living your best life in no time. Hosted by Ed Knowles, past guests include four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles, Olympic champion wrestler Jordan Burroughs, world champion sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, and double Olympic champion cyclist Kristina Vogel.


Svetlana Romashina - the artistic swimmer with five Olympic gold medals
Jul 8 • 18 min
Russia’s Svetlana Romashina has dominated her sport for over a decade. After Rio 2016, she gave birth to a daughter and is aiming to make a comeback to win more Olympic titles at Tokyo 2020. The five-time Olympic champion talks mentality, winning, and her…
Greg Van Avermaet, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, and the future of virtual cycling
Jul 1 • 13 min
After the spread of COVID-19, Olympic champion and Virtual Tour of Flanders winner Greg Van Avermaet thinks top-level indoor cycling is here to stay. As elite sport returns, we ask how the coronavirus pandemic has changed competition. We speak to two-time…
Lizzie Armanto on Tony Hawk’s 360 loop, skateboarding, and the Olympics
Jun 24 • 21 min
Skater Lizzie Armanto is the first woman to complete Tony Hawk’s incredible 360 loop. She joins the Olympic Channel Podcast to talk Finland, skateboarding, and Sky Brown. Plus, we have the best bits from our Olympic Day workouts. Go to…
Refugees on hope, Tokyo 2020, and dreaming big
Jun 17 • 19 min
Coronavirus has meant families have spent months apart. These three IOC Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders have spent years without seeing their loved ones To celebrate World Refugee Day, Tokyo 2020 hopefuls Yonas Kinde, Abdullah Sediqui, and ‘Taking…
Simone Biles’ coach Cecile Landi on philosophy, Tokyo, and using a platform for good
Jun 10 • 23 min
Gymnastics coach and French Olympian Cecile Landi works with four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles at her gym in Houston, Texas. She spoke about the Tokyo 2020 postponement, why she’s prouder of her coaching career than her athletic career, and the…
J’den Cox on rivals, wrestling, and mental health
Jun 3 • 22 min
The 2019 freestyle wrestling world champion is partially deaf and suffered from depression but has found a way to thrive. Speaking before the protests in the USA, J’den talks candidly about Tokyo 2020 postponement, mental health, and his rivalry with…
Pride stories with Adam Rippon, Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, Keala Kennelly, and Amber Glenn
May 26 • 20 min
Pride month is usually a time for parades and parties. But COVID-19 means most events are postponed or cancelled. To help sooth the sadness, we have found some of the most inspiring stories across the Olympic world to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community.…
Alistair Brownlee on tea drinking, triathlon, and Tokyo 2020
May 20 • 22 min
British triathlete and double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee is usually very busy. With all competition paused, he found time to join the podcast for a look back on an incredible career and his epic moment of brotherly love. Plus, how to make the…
Laurie Hernandez, Brian Orser, and more on how to #StayStrong
May 13 • 20 min
Athletes and coaches have spoken to us from isolation about their inspiring stories and techniques for staying calm. We speak to runner Derek Redmond, figure skater Mirai Nagasu, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, coaches Brian Orser and Jerzy Gregorek. For more…
Claressa Shields - the Flint boxer who took on the world and won
May 5 • 36 min
Claressa is an undefeated professional boxer and two-time Olympic champion. Her life story is being made into a Hollywood movie. It’s no surprise. Her early life in Flint, Michigan, was not easy: a speech impediment, sexual abuse, and suicidal thoughts.…
Pandelela - the famous Malaysian diver in isolation
Apr 28 • 16 min
Imagine not spending one birthday with your family for over a decade. This was the price of success for Malaysian diver Pandelela Rinong Pamg. Her life on the road has left her lonely. The two-time Olympic medallist has been on coronavirus lockdown with…
Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele: Two-hour marathons, London, and the Olympics
Apr 22 • 15 min
The world record at the 2020 London Marathon looked to be under threat. But the world will have to wait for another attempt after the coronavirus pandemic meant a postponement of the race until October 4. The Olympic Channel Podcast caught up with…
Greg O’Shea - the ‘Love Island’ winner with an Olympic ambition
Apr 15 • 20 min
The Ireland Rugby 7s team have a celebrity in their ranks. Greg O’Shea won top UK reality TV show ‘Love Island’. But rather than cash in on his new celebrity status, Greg has stuck with his Olympic dream. He wants his country to qualify for the Olympics…
‘This is no Cinderella story’ - Scout Bassett’s guide to tackling tough times
Apr 8 • 51 min
Paralympic sprinter Scout Bassett was nearly eight years old when she left the Chinese orphange she called home. She moved to a small town in Michigan where she was the only person in the country with a disability. The American has beaten the odds to…
Behind the smile of Stephanie Gilmore - the seven-time world champion surfer
Mar 31 • 34 min
The sporting world is on pause due to the coronavirus. Like with most other sports, there are no surfing events at the moment. But Stephanie Gilmore spoke to us before the COVID-19 situation became so serious. In a wide-ranging interview, she talks about…
Isolation, the coronavirus, and why you should NEVER give up with Sakura Kokumai
Mar 25 • 34 min
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the plans of the globe. Massive parts of the population have been advised to stay at home. The Olympic Channel Podcast spoke to karate athlete Sakura Kokumai of the USA. Like countless other athletes across the planet,…
Boxing champ Nicola Adams on London 2012, mindset, and retirement
Mar 18 • 20 min
British boxing star Nicola Adams won everything there was in the sport: double Olympic champion, world champion, and undefeated as a professional. She retired from boxing but has retained her winning smile. We remember the epic London 2012 final with a…
Top figure skaters on haters, trolls, relationships, and respect
Mar 11 • 22 min
Olympic medallists Evgenia Medvedeva, Adam Rippon, Javier Fernandez, and Meryl Davis gave their advice on dealing with the drama of competition in figure skating. The Olympic Channel Podcast wanted to know how they retained their focus to win their…
Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez on 2020 goals
Mar 3 • 19 min
U.S. gymnasts Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez were part of the all-conquering ‘Final Five’ at Rio 2016. We have exclusive interviews with both ahead of their big Olympic year. Biles talk about her 2020 goals, the double double into the sea, and not…
Luvo Manyonga: From drug addiction to world champion
Feb 26 • 28 min
South African athlete Luvo Manyonga specialises in long jump. He’s an Olympic silver medallist and a world champion. But an addiction to methamphetamine meant his life on and off the field came close to irreversible ruin. LINKS: Annimari Korte podcast…
Boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko
Feb 18 • 24 min
The Ukrainian boxing legend joined the Olympic Channel ahead of the Tokyo 2020 qualification tournaments to talk about his memories from Atlanta 1996, Muhammad Ali and Anthony Joshua.
Dina Asher-Smith - the world champion Team GB sprinter
Feb 11 • 22 min
Dina Asher-Smith is often pictured with a huge smile. The British runner had plenty to smile about in 2019. A fantastic season was capped by becoming a world champion in the 200m in Doha. Dina spoke to the Olympic Channel Podcast about Tokyo 2020, the new…
FIFA President Gianni Infantino on VAR, Tokyo 2020, and women’s football
Feb 4 • 18 min
The most powerful man in world football, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, joined the Olympic Channel Podcast to talk video assisted referees (VAR), how the women’s game could be developed, and his plans for the Olympics in Japan. Plus, a random last…
Figure skaters Mariah Bell and Adam Rippon
Jan 28 • 26 min
The crowd went wild for Mariah Bell at the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating National Championships. Her routine had the audience on their feet and Mariah with tears of joy. Coach and mentor Adam Rippon joined her on the Olympic Channel Podcast to dissect how the…
Beijing 2022 - what can we expect?
Jan 22 • 5 min
The next Winter Olympic Games will be in China. We take a look at some of the athletes, like freeskier Gu Ailing Eileen, who will light up the competition for the host country. Plus, we explore how preparations are taking shape.
Florence Schelling, Jennie-Lee Burmansson, and the last day of Lausanne 2020
Jan 21 • 6 min
Swiss ice hockey goaltender Florence Schelling gave her advice on how to survive the tough times. Swedish freeskier Jennie-Lee Burmansson talks what makes her sport so special. And we have a last question about Johnny Depp.
Olympic champ Viktor Knoch and a day at the the halfpipe from Lausanne 2020
Jan 20 • 6 min
Hungarian speed skater Viktor Knoch explains how to comeback from a major setback. Plus, we spent the day in Leysin watching the women’s halfpipe snowboard and freeski.
The part-time model with a Youth Olympic silver medal and more from Lausanne 2020
Jan 19 • 6 min
Gu Ailing Eileen of China is a freestyle skier with a Youth Olympic silver medal and went to Paris Fashion Week in her spare time. We also catch up with Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru who won the slopestyle freestyle skiing. Plus, two-time Olympic champion…
Emma Terho on why she nearly left ice hockey and snowboarder Tessa Maud from Lausanne 2020
Jan 18 • 6 min
After one of her biggest achievements, Olympic bronze medallist Emma Terho of Finland nearly left her sport. She explained why she decided to continue at her talk at the Chat with Champions event. Plus, find out why US halfpipe snowboarder Tessa Maud is…
USA freestyle skier Kiernan Fagan and a luge ride with Tobi Jizzle at Lausanne 2020
Jan 17 • 6 min
We find out what trick Kiernan Fagan would love to land at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Plus, we sent influencer Tobi Jizzle down a luge and tested his Olympic knowledge at the same time.
USA luge buddies and volunteers from Afghanistan at Lausanne 2020
Jan 16 • 6 min
USA men’s luge doubles team, Sam Day and Sam Eckert, talk about their big ambitions for their career. Plus, two Afghan volunteers who are living in Lausanne tell their incredible stories. Plus, a last question with some of the British curling team.
Olympic champ curler John Morris, cucumber, and Spanish ski mountaineers at Lausanne 2020
Jan 15 • 6 min
On finals day of the mixed gender event, two-time Olympic gold medallist John Morris explained why the sport of curling is so popular in Canada. Plus, successful Spanish ski mountaineering medallists Maria Costa and Ot Ferrer on their historic…
Inspiration from Olympic champion Kikkan Randall plus hummingbirds and mini ski jumps from Lausanne 2020
Jan 14 • 6 min
Five-time Olympian cross-country skier and cancer survivor Kikkan Randall spoke at the Chat with Champions event about how to combat negative thoughts. Plus, a last question with figure skater with figure skater Kate Wang.
Kagiyama Yuma, curling, biathlon, and speed skating from Lausanne 2020
Jan 13 • 7 min
We’ve packed as many sports into today’s episode. There are updates from curling, biathlon, speed skaitng and alpine skiing. Plus, men’s figure skating champion Kagiyama Yuma stopped by to give his reaction.
Figure skaters Patrick Chan and Nathalie Pechalat - Plus, the unusual ice hockey teams of Lausanne 2020
Jan 12 • 6 min
Olympic gold medallist Patrick Chan and two-time European champion Nathalie Pechalat on how to savour the moment. Plus, we hear the pre-game team talk for a mixed nationality ice hockey team here at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland.
Gold medals, twin brothers, and a late call up to Lausanne 2020
Jan 11 • 6 min
The Swiss athletes are off to an amazing start at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne. Twin brothers Thomas and Robin Bussard were first and second place in the ski mountaineering. Thomas said it was the best day of his life! And we caught up with…
Aksel Lund Svindel’s message for Lausanne 2020 and a Pakistani skier
Jan 10 • 6 min
Two-time Olympic champion alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal gives a good luck message to those competing at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne. Plus, Pakistani alpine skier Mia Freudweiler on her hope to inspire more women to ski in her country and…
Stephane Lambiel on Lausanne 2020, Shoma Uno, and music
Jan 9 • 11 min
It’s day one of the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Olympic silver medallist Stephane Lambiel gave us his opinion on who to look out for and opened up about his new coaching link up with Japanese figure skater and Olympic silver medallist Shoma Uno. Plus,…
Chris Mazdzer, Usain Bolt, and a guide to the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne
Jan 8 • 6 min
We’ve all the info you need for the start of Lausanne 2020… There’s a good luck message from eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt, a walk through the historic St Moritz track with Olympic silver medallist Chris Mazdzer, and much more…
Olympic State of Mind with Jordan Burroughs
Jan 1 • 23 min
High achieving athletes and Olympians guide you through the techniques they use to stay on top of their mental game. We spoke to Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medallist Jordan Burroughs, Olympic javelin champion Thomas Rohler, Rio 2016 badminton silver…
Simone Biles – the complete interview - REPLAY
Dec 25, 2019 • 22 min
To celebrate our most popular episode of 2019 - we are replaying our chat with Simone Biles. We caught up with the history-making four-time Olympic champion gymnast at her gym in Houston for an exclusive interview. We also spoke to Olympic champ Nastia…
The athlete allergic to nearly all food: Annimari Korte on why she never gave up
Dec 18, 2019 • 29 min
There have been so many medical conditions, Finnish 100m hurdler Annimari Korte has lost count. Two rare conditions meant she couldn’t even swallow water and suffered pain similar to a heart attack. Slowly, she made a physical recovery and her dreams came…
World champion Nathan Chen on Yale, success, quads, and Yuzuru Hanyu.
Dec 11, 2019 • 22 min
Figure skater and two-time world champion Nathan Chen sat down with Olympic champion Meryl Davis to talk about how he recovered from his 2018 Olympic performance to winning his third Grand Prix Final in 2019. He beat Yuzuru Hanyu in Turin but the pair…
Kelly Slater on surfing at the Olympics, retirement, and Baywatch
Dec 4, 2019 • 29 min
The 11-time world champion surfer still has a chance to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Olympic Channel Podcast sat down with surfing legend Kelly Slater to look back his career which has stretched out for nearly 30 years.
Ben Ryan – the coach behind Fiji’s rugby 7s Olympic gold
Nov 27, 2019 • 25 min
Battling cyclones, family deaths, relationship problems, and mysterious magic curses – Ben Ryan’s time in charge of Fiji’s men’s 7s team was truly inspirational. He gives insight into the difficulties he faced and also how he had to develop his own…
World champ Salwa Eid Naser making statements on the track and in fashion
Nov 20, 2019 • 15 min
The 400m runner Salwa Eid Naser took a silver medal at the Youth Olympics in 2014 wearing a hijab and a full body suit. Fast forward to her incredible performance at the 2019 World Athletics Championships – she wasn’t wearing a hijab but now has nine…
Kate Richardson-Walsh’s battle with a broken jaw, the year from hell, and making dreams come true
Nov 13, 2019 • 22 min
Team GB hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh had a year from hell in 2014. “I started to ask myself some really big life questions. Why am I here? What is my value?” After breaking her jaw in the first game of the 2012 Olympics, she took a bronze medal on…
How a phone call made Lacey Henderson a Paralympian
Nov 6, 2019 • 24 min
US long jumper Lacey Henderson seemed like a dead cert for Rio 2016. But some personal issues came up and her performance dipped. A phone call when she was on holiday completely changed her life - and her outlook. Lacey is an amputee cancer survivor with…
Running in North Korea with Aimee Fuller and Mirjam Jaeger
Oct 30, 2019 • 18 min
Two Olympians were invited by Olympic Channel to run in the North Korean capital. Winter athletes Aimee Fuller and Mirjam Jaeger took to the rarely seen Pyongyang streets as the city opened its doors for an internationally-recognised marathon. The podcast…
Owen Wright: The surfer making a comeback from a traumatic brain injury
Oct 23, 2019 • 33 min
He was challenging for the world title in 2015 when Owen Wright’s world changed forever. The Australian suffered a severe concussion that meant bleeding on his brain. It’s been a long and difficult road to recover but, now, he’s a contender for the team…
Adam Rippon with Meryl Davis on advice, LGBTQ+ issues, and becoming an icon
Oct 16, 2019 • 29 min
Two figure skating legends on one Olympic Channel Podcast. From his tough times in his coach’s basement to becoming a cultural icon, Olympic champion Meryl Davis speaks to her friend and USA teammate Adam Rippon about his epic life story. LINKS: Meryl…
Perfection, Simone Biles, and gymnastics with Nellie Kim
Oct 8, 2019 • 23 min
She was the second woman to score a ‘Perfect 10’ at the Olympic Games. Now, Nellie Kim is a senior judge in gymnastics – it’s her job to analyse just how perfect things really are. The Olympic Channel spoke to the five-time Olympic champion about Simone…
Darya Klishna - The ‘lonely’ long jumper
Oct 2, 2019 • 22 min
She was the only athlete to compete for Russia in either track or field at Rio 2016. Her Olympic experience was not enjoyable. Darya Klishna had to take a break from long jumping in 2018 to recover mentally. The Olympic Channel Podcast spoke to her as she…
The ripple effect of the Caster Semenya ruling and why it matters now
Sep 25, 2019 • 25 min
Double Olympic champion South African 800m runner Caster Semenya won’t be at the IAAF World Championships in Doha. New rules means athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) can’t compete in the 400m, 800m, and the 1500m. The three athletes who…
Figure skater Mae-Berenice Meite: ‘I felt I was never skinny enough.’
Sep 18, 2019 • 22 min
Two-time Olympian and five-time French national champion Mae-Berenice Meite captured the world’s attention by skating to Beyonce at PyeongChang 2018. But her complicated relationship with her body meant she sometimes couldn’t enjoy her career. “I didn’t…
Jordan Burroughs: ‘Who am I if I am not the champion?’
Sep 11, 2019 • 21 min
U.S. wrestler Jordan Burroughs joins viral gymnast Katelyn Ohashi for an in-depth chat. Jordan won Olympic gold in 2012 but suffered a huge shock at Rio 2016 when he came away empty handed. The pair talk what defines success and failure and why he’s…
Frazer Clarke: The Olympic boxing hopeful who survived a knife attack
Sep 4, 2019 • 24 min
British boxer Frazer Clarke missed out on the Olympics in 2012 and 2016. Now, after being stabbed three times in 2016, he has a renewed focus and determination. He aims to continue the success of British Olympic medallists Anthony Joshua and Joe Joyce in…
Concussion and mental health in BMX with Tory Nyhaug
Aug 28, 2019 • 19 min
He’s broken over 15 bones, ruptured his spleen, and suffered several concussions. Tory Nyhaug still wants to get his hands on an Olympic medal. With anxiety so bad he literally felt like his skin was ‘on fire’, the Canadian BMX racer opens up about…
Simone Biles: The exclusive interview after making history
Aug 21, 2019 • 21 min
We caught up with the history-making four-time Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles at her gym in Houston for an exclusive interview. We also spoke to Olympic champ Nastia Liukin about why she thinks Biles is the greatest of all time. LINKS: Simone Biles…
Climber Alex Honnold from Free Solo on risk, the Olympics, and his fears
Aug 14, 2019 • 27 min
You have to be pretty fearless to climb up the 900m of El Capitan without any ropes. Alex Honnold from the Oscar-winning documentary ‘Free Solo’ joined the Olympic Channel Podcast to talk climbing at the Olympics, how to manage risk, and what really…
Kristie Phillips: The champion gymnast who never made it to the Olympics
Aug 7, 2019 • 27 min
In 1986, there was a Sports Illustrated cover. In 1987, there was a U.S. national title. In 1988, the world expected to see Kristie Phillips at the Olympic Games. It never happened. The media speculated it was because she had gained weight. Distraught and…
Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi takes on New York for #1YearToGo
Jul 31, 2019 • 29 min
With just 12 months to go until Tokyo 2020, we set ourselves a task. How many interviews can you squeeze into a podcast? The Olympic Channel Podcast went to New York with UCLA gymnast and viral sensation Katelyn Ohashi. In a crazy day, we spoke to Ali…
Katerina Stefanidi on love, star signs, and pole vaulting
Jul 24, 2019 • 32 min
It’s officially one year to go until Tokyo 2020. We invited Olympic champion pole vaulter from Greece Katerina Stefanidi on the podcast with her husband and coach Mitchell Krier. We spoke about how they met, why Katerina struggles with self-belief, and…
Chad Le Clos and Rami Anis on never giving up
Jul 17, 2019 • 27 min
South African swimmer Chad Le Clos is one of the few swimmers to beat Michael Phelps at the Olympics. He took gold in the 200m butterfly in 2012. Chad is determined to be mentioned amongst the greats. Rami Anis has been selected for the Tokyo 2020 Refugee…
Adam Peaty and Katinka Hosszu: Winning mentality in swimming
Jul 10, 2019 • 29 min
Olympic champions Adam Peaty and Katinka Hosszu say becoming a world record holder is all to do with their mental preparation. As we celebrate our 100th episode, we find out what sets apart two of the world’s very best swimmers ahead of the FINA World…
The uphill battle facing the USA artistic swimming team
Jul 3, 2019 • 20 min
Andrea Fuentes has a difficult task. She is hoping to use her experience, as a four-time synchronised swimming Olympic medallist, to qualify an American team to the Olympics. The U.S. hasn’t entered a team since Beijing 2008. The country used to dominate…
How in sync are divers Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini?
Jun 26, 2019 • 24 min
They are one of Canada’s big medal hopes for the FINA World Championships 2019. The diving pair are big friends in and out of the swimming pool. After two fourth place finishes at Rio 2016, Jennifer Abel needed the help of a new partner to put the ‘dark…
Putting the gun down to become one of the world’s best b-boys
Jun 18, 2019 • 21 min
Breaking legend B-Boy Moy was carrying a pistol to school the day his life changed. He discovered breaking at a talent show. After winning countless awards and contests, he’s now a big advocate for taking the sport to the next level: the Olympic Games. We…
Why Olympic skateboarding at Tokyo 2020 will be great
Jun 12, 2019 • 20 min
Women’s skateboarding, the ultra-competitive USA team, and core skating. There’s a lot to talk about as the countdown to the Olympics is officially on for skateboarding with qualification already underway. We caught up with Dashawn Jordan and Jenn Soto to…
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 preview
Jun 5, 2019 • 30 min
We have travelled the world to find the best football stories ahead of the WWC in France. There are two exclusive interviews with senior FIFA officials: Fatma Samoura (Secretary General) and Sarai Bareman (Chief Women’s Football Officer). Plus, we went to…
This Paralympian lost his sight but reawakened a sporting ambition
May 29, 2019 • 24 min
His vision became impaired but it meant earning a shot at his dream: representing his country at Tokyo 2020. British judoka Elliot Stewart had given up on following his father’s footsteps to become an Olympian. When he lost his sight, he lost his job and…
John McAvoy: The armed robber redeemed by sport
May 22, 2019 • 46 min
John McAvoy is an Ironman triathlete. The first part of his life was spent in prison or committing serious crime. Now, he’s broken world records in indoor rowing and had top-level meetings with the UK government the UK government. McAvoy vowed to change…
Ada Hegerberg – the footballer dominating Europe and fighting for equality
May 15, 2019 • 24 min
The Norwegian striker is going for her fourth consecutive Champions League title and has broken goal records consistently. The Olympic Channel Podcast found out about why she’s passionate about equality in women’s football, her Ballon d’Or win, and her…
How figure skater Gracie Gold deals with mental health issues
May 8, 2019 • 32 min
Depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder all disrupted the dreams of American figure skater Gracie Gold. She won two US National titles as a teenager and took an Olympic bronze medal home from Sochi 2014. But in 2017 she withdrew from competition to…
The epic story behind the shirtless flagbearer who is aiming to represent Tonga again at Tokyo 2020
May 1, 2019 • 27 min
Pita Taufatofua grabbed everyone’s attention when he arrived at Rio 2016’s Opening Ceremony with his bare, coconut-oiled chest. And then he did it again at PyeongChang 2018 in below freezing conditions. From escaping avalanches in Iceland to ending up…
Cheerleading in England and the chemotherapy nurse
Apr 24, 2019 • 15 min
As Alexandra Banfield prepares to represent England at the 2019 ICU World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida, the Solihull-based athlete explains how she balances an emotional job as a chemotherapy nurse with the rigours of training for a…
Briana Williams – one of the fastest teenagers on the planet
Apr 17, 2019 • 21 min
She’s fast. She’s Jamaican. And she’s coached by four-time Olympic medallist Ato Boldon. Briana Williams won the 100m and 200m at the U20 World Championships. Now, she is hoping to reach the 2019 World Championships (‘if her coach knows what he’s doing’ –…
The nurse who surprised the world to finish second at the Boston Marathon
Apr 10, 2019 • 29 min
The question on everyone’s lips was ‘Who is Sarah Sellers?’. The American beat the odds to finish second in the 2018 Boston Marathon. The Olympic Channel Podcast spoke to the full-time nurse about what’s changed a year on, her Tokyo 2020 chances, and why…
Friendship and figure skating: Evgenia Medvedeva, Jason Brown and Brian Orser
Apr 3, 2019 • 30 min
Coach Brian Orser has some of the best figure skaters in the world training at his famous ‘Cricket Club’ in Toronto, Canada. Two of the newest additions to the team are Evgenia Medvedeva and Jason Brown. “They do have a very special chemistry,” said…
Katelyn Ohashi on viral ‘Perfect 10’ routine and legendary UCLA gymnastics coach Miss Val
Mar 27, 2019 • 31 min
Her phone totally blew up. After being out with friends, US gymnast Katelyn Ohashi came home to 50,000 more followers on social media. We hear the full story behind the ‘Perfect 10’ routine that went viral, her friendship with Simone Biles, and the…
Meryl Davis on World Championships, Hanyu and Medvedeva
Mar 19, 2019 • 22 min
The ISU 2019 World Figure Skating Championships in Japan are upon us. Olympic champion figure skater Meryl Davis talks about what it’s like to compete at the top-level and gives her expert opinion on Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia.…
Elana Meyers Taylor on concussion, transphobia and double standards
Mar 13, 2019 • 29 min
President of the Women Sports Foundation and top USA bobsleigher gave an in-depth chat about her career, head injuries and women’s issues. We spoke to her just before the World Championships where, despite being one of the favourites to win, she crashed…
The Muslim boxer who kept her triumphs secret from her family
Mar 6, 2019 • 28 min
It’s something to tell your mum about – winning a national championship. But Ramla Ali preferred to keep her boxing career secret. She was a refugee from Somalia who discovered boxing in London’s East End. “My mum… in her eyes to be a good Muslim girl you…
Battling online harassment, body image and busting stereotypes with Madison de Rozario
Feb 27, 2019 • 24 min
Kristina Vogel on being paralysed four months after cycling world title win
Feb 20, 2019 • 23 min
Kristina Vogel, one of the world’s very best female track cyclists, won her record-breaking 11th title at the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Four months later, she was paralysed and in a wheelchair. A junior Dutch cyclist was practising…
The tears behind the triple axel triumph with figure skater Mirai Nagasu
Feb 13, 2019 • 35 min
After she was passed over for the USA team for Sochi 2014, Mirai Nagasu was done with figure skating. “It wasn’t fun… I used to think, ‘I deserve to sit here in my puddle of tears and cry.’” She vowed to make a comeback and became the first American woman…
Paralysed Olympic skier: “If I had the possibility to turn back time… I would stay like this.”
Feb 6, 2019 • 26 min
Thomas Fogdö was one of the best slalom skiers in the world, but his life took an unexpected turn after he broke his back in a training accident. Despite now being in a wheelchair, the Swede has continued to give back to the sport he loves so much and…
Sprinter Bernice Wilson on being manipulated into doping
Jan 30, 2019 • 24 min
Great Britain’s Bernice Wilson was a promising young sprinter, but her career took a turn for the worse when she enlisted the services of ex-UK Athletics coach, Dr. George Skafidas. They began dating and he persuaded Wilson to start doping. She was…
”I sat down in the gym and my shin snapped…” - Bobby Clay, diagnosed with Osteoporosis at 18 years of age
Jan 23, 2019 • 24 min
Bobby Clay’s promising running future was put on hold because she over-trained and under-ate. After winning numerous British titles and earning herself a team GB bib, the young rising star’s body broke. ”I got to the point where I sat down in the gym and…
Olympic champ Wilfred Bungei on alcoholism ‘chaos’ and almost losing his life
Jan 16, 2019 • 32 min
Kenya’s Wilfred Bungei seemingly had it all: Money, fame, and an 800m Olympic gold medal. However, after retiring he couldn’t fill ‘the vacuum’ that training and competing once occupied, and slipped into deep alcoholism. On several occasions he almost…
Equestrian medallist Lucy Davis on recovering from burnout and giving back to the sport
Jan 9, 2019 • 24 min
Lucy Davis isn’t your average Olympic silver medallist. A Stanford graduate with a major in architecture, she’s also a top-level equestrian showjumper. But even the best athletes suffer burnout, as Davis found out after winning silver in Rio. “I kind of…
Start 2019 the right way with five inspirational Olympic stories
Jan 2, 2019 • 34 min
If you’re looking for some motivation to achieve what you want in 2019, then have a listen to these amazing stories from across the Olympic world. We hear from Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Jordyn Wieber, and more. Whatever your aim for the new year, we…
The best of the Olympic Channel Podcast 2018
Dec 26, 2018 • 32 min
To celebrate our first incredible year, we have put together highlights from some of our most downloaded interviews of the year. We have an absolute stellar line-up including Simone Biles, John Orozco, Anthony Ervin, Brian Orser and Yuzuru Hanyu. LINKS:…
How to come back from a career-threatening injury with snowboarder Michela Moioli
Dec 19, 2018 • 24 min
Italian Michela Moioli felt nervous ahead of her first Olympic snowboard cross final at Sochi 2014. Those nerves turned to despair as her medal hopes were crushed when she crashed heavily. Aged just 18, her career was in jeopardy after suffering a torn…
Brian Orser - The man behind the world’s greatest figure skaters
Dec 12, 2018 • 21 min
We sent Olympic champion figure skater Meryl Davis to Vancouver to cover the Grand Prix Final for the Olympic Channel Podcast. And she bumped into a familiar face. Double Olympic silver medallist Brian Orser is coach to Yuzuru Hanyu, Javier Fernandez and…
“I cried myself to sleep every night about being disabled” - Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir
Dec 5, 2018 • 31 min
British Paralympian David Weir has won more London Marathon titles than anyone on the planet. But despite his success, he’d never come to terms with his disability. He was born with a spinal cord transection that left him unable to use his legs.…
Creating hope after tragedy with Bronx gymnast John Orozco
Nov 28, 2018 • 28 min
“It’s not popular for men to be emotional in America. Especially black men.” Family tragedy. Injuries. A new mission in Los Angeles. You may remember US gymnast’s emotional NBC interview after he qualified for Rio 2016. He beat the odds to make the team…
Chinese ski jumpers take their first ski lesson as they target Beijing 2022
Nov 21, 2018 • 20 min
China have sent some of their most promising athletes to Norway to transform them into Winter Olympians. A set of athletes aged 15-20 have been given an incredible challenge. They haven’t ever worn skis before but are still hopeful of becoming…
Triple Olympic champion swimmer Anthony Ervin says ‘Winning can be terrible’
Nov 14, 2018 • 37 min
Swimmer Anthony Ervin won Olympic gold aged 19. His life then fell apart. He was homeless for a time, attempted suicide, and drank heavily. By 2016, he had completely turned his life around and won the 50m freestyle at the Olympics. Aged 35, he was the…
Simone Biles: The full, exclusive interview
Nov 7, 2018 • 30 min
Simone Biles: A full, exclusive interview just after she became world champion in Doha 2018.
Failing at life with BMX Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker
Oct 31, 2018 • 32 min
Failing at life means learning to succeed with BMX Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker
LA life: On campus with US gymnasts Jordyn Wieber and Madison Kocian
Oct 24, 2018 • 25 min
As we gear up towards the artistic gymnastics world championships in Doha, we sat down with two incredible Olympic gold medal winning gymnasts. Jordyn Wieber became world champion in 2011 but then missed out on the all-around final at London 2012. “I felt…
Behind the scenes at the Golden Generation premiere Podcast Special
Oct 23, 2018 • 15 min
Get up-to-speed with the new documentary ‘The Golden Generation’. We have interviews from both directors - including with the Oscar-winner Juan Jose Campanella. Plus, we get the full low-down on why Manu Ginóbili and the rest of this Argentinian…
Youth Olympic Games review with Waleed Abu Nada of Jordan
Oct 17, 2018 • 20 min
Waleed Abu Nada set up a weightlifting club in the biggest refugee camp for Palestinians outside of Palestine. Here was here in Buenos Aires for the Youth Olympic Games as part of the Jordan team. We spoke about our favourite moments from the past few…
Esports, the Olympics and Gamer Jake Lyon at the Youth Olympic Games
Oct 17, 2018 • 14 min
He’s 22 and already considered a veteran in the gaming world. Jake Lyon says that Esports and the Olympics could learn a lot from each other. “You could be confined to a wheelchair… you can be a man, woman, young (or) old – all these barriers that would…
Alex Deibold: Sustainability is about protecting the human race
Oct 15, 2018 • 12 min
Are the Olympic Games at risk because of climate change? Olympic bronze medallist snowboarder Alex Deibold worries it’s a real possibility. “That’s what is at stake if you don’t take climate change seriously. … The moments of triumph. The moments of joy.”…
Never give up: Ghana skeleton slider Akwasi Frimpong’s advice for YOG
Oct 14, 2018 • 10 min
He is aiming to be Africa’s first gold medallist at the Winter Olympic Games. The track prospect swapped sports to skeleton - but some people still didn’t believe in Akwasi Frimpong. “I definitely know what it feels like to be bullied. I definitely know…
Success, setbacks and the Youth Olympic Games with swimmer Chad le Clos
Oct 14, 2018 • 13 min
Olympic champion swimmer Chad le Clos opened up about how he dealt with his parents’ cancer diagnosis just before Rio 2016. He argues that you must put everything to one side before stepping onto the blocks to perform. “You don’t cry for losing. You cry…
Finding Instagram followers that matter with Nyjah Huston, Leticia Bufoni and Kaelynn Gobert-Harris from the Youth Olympic Games
Oct 13, 2018 • 15 min
Nyjah and Leticia are two of the world’s top skateboarders and we asked about their feeds - what do they post and why? Plus, we tracked down professional dancer Kaelynn Gobert-Harris on what grabs her attention on Insta and tips on how to make it. We also…
Jade Jones on dating, distraction and winning at the Youth Olympic Games
Oct 12, 2018 • 10 min
Double Olympic champion Jade Jones is 25 and aiming for a third title at Tokyo 2020. She’s travelled to Argentina as an athlete role model to give advice to those competing. With that in mind, we fired some difficult questions about dating and being an…
Breaking barriers with the b-girls and b-boys of the Youth Olympic Games
Oct 11, 2018 • 11 min
We went behind-the-scenes at the first ever Youth Olympic breaking individual finals. We spoke to Bumblebee, Shigekix, and Emma after they won their medals. Don’t forget the team event will be streamed on OlympicChannel.com today. Plus, we have all the…
The 18-year-old cancer survivor playing 3x3 basketball at the Youth Olympic Games.
Oct 10, 2018 • 15 min
Syrian refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini on Instagram distractions, meeting Emma Watson and helping refugees: Youth Olympic Games Podcast
Oct 9, 2018 • 16 min
Yusra nearly drowned in the Aegean Sea when she fled Syria and became a refugee. She steadied a boat with her sister - saving the lives of the people on board. She went on to compete at Rio 2016 and won her swimming heat. We talked to her about her…
Kirsty Coventry, Senegal and the Youth Olympic Games: Africa’s First
Oct 8, 2018 • 20 min
Missy Franklin and the Youth Olympic Games starts
Oct 7, 2018 • 11 min
We open our daily podcast from Buenos Aires with a bang as USA’s Missy Franklin. She opens up about her body issues when she was a teenager. There’s some sage advice on how to perform under the glare of the world afrom the five-time Olympic champion.…
‘To win would be unbelievable’ - A Youth Olympic Games Preview
Oct 3, 2018 • 17 min
The start of Buenos Aires 2018 is almost here. Over 4,000 elite sporting teenagers are descending on Argentina for the Youth Olympic Games. Former Youth Olympians include snowboarder Chloe Kim, diving’s Tom Daley and Spain’s badminton Olympic champion…
All-time most decorated Olympian Michael Phelps on mental resilience
Sep 26, 2018 • 20 min
The 23-time Olympic champion, Michael Phelps, opened up to the Olympic Channel Podcast about his struggles with mental health. “Being able to be open, to be honest (and) being your authentic self… that’s kind of the equation for success.” Phelps was third…
Changing Coaching attitudes to athlete mothers with Sarah Storey
Sep 19, 2018 • 19 min
Sarah Storey has won more Paralympic gold medals than any other British woman. She won 14, in both swimming and cycling, across her ground-breaking career. During Rio 2016, she took the decision to breastfeed during competition. She thinks that it’s…
Interviewing an Olympian… Naked
Sep 12, 2018 • 23 min
Rhythmic gymnast Marta Pagnini is an Olympic bronze medallist from Italy who is totally confident with her body. She wants to promote a positive message. “I’m confident with my body and I shouldn’t be judged for my body, I should be judged for my…
Where are the openly gay male footballers?
Sep 5, 2018 • 25 min
Sweden’s Rio silver medallist Nilla Fischer thinks we’re a long way from seeing a big, male star ‘come out’ in the sport. But the first openly gay referee in the English game, Ryan Atkin, believes homophobia is on the decline in football. We want to know…
How to fall madly in love with a figure skater: Aljona Savchenko’s husband explains all
Aug 29, 2018 • 20 min
Imagine you’re single. Your date turns out to be an Olympic figure skater. Six months later, you propose. She says yes. Liam Cross went from knowing nothing about figure skating to being physically sick before the Olympic Games in PyeongChang because he…
Cycling 18,000km: Kiwi Olympian Rebecca Wardell explains why it’s easier than you think
Aug 22, 2018 • 26 min
Heptathlete Rebecca Wardell is on a mission to cycle through most of Europe and Asia before hopping on a plane and finishing her journey through New Zealand. After injury forced her hopes for a second Olympic appearance six weeks before London 2012, she’s…
Back to Beijing 2008: 10 years after Usain Bolt’s 100m win shook the world
Aug 15, 2018 • 21 min
Four-time Olympic medallist, coach, and NBC commentator Ato Boldon remembers Usain Bolt’s incredible world record breaking performance at Beijing 2008. The Trinidad and Tobago sprint legend has been at the stadium every time Jamaica’s Bolt has broken a…
Cancer and Olympians: Let’s talk about the C-Word with Kikkan Randall
Aug 8, 2018 • 26 min
Less than three months after winning Olympic gold in cross-country skiing at PyeongChang 2018, Kikkan Randall was diagnosed with breast cancer. The 35-year-old American is receiving treatment and the prognosis is good. But she’s had to shave her hair off.…
Finding your courage with Olympic gold medallist Eleftherios Petrounias
Aug 1, 2018 • 19 min
Courage is easy to talk about but hard to practise. How can we find the courage to speak out for the right thing? And do you have the courage to face your fears? Greek gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias won gold on the rings at Rio 2016. His journey to that…
Denis Ten: A life remembered
Jul 25, 2018 • 17 min
Figure skater Denis Ten died suddenly on 19 July 2018. There was an immediate outpour of emotion after the Sochi 2014 bronze medallist was reportedly attacked and stabbed in Kazakhstan. The Olympic Channel Podcast spoke to Olympic gold medallist Aljona…
Sunny Spain to Ice Man: Javier Fernandez the figure skating Spaniard
Jul 18, 2018 • 20 min
The sun beats down hard on the Madrid street and it’s hot. The ice here is normally in drinks to cool down. The Spanish capital doesn’t seem like a natural first choice for Winter Olympians. That was until Javier Fernandez slowly worked his way to…
Gold to homeless: Why you should never give up with Klete Keller
Jul 11, 2018 • 39 min
The swimmer won Olympic gold in 2004 with Michael Phelps and just a few years later he was jobless and living in his car. Klete Keller experienced the highs of beating Olympic swimming legends like Ian Thorpe but, after his winning career was finished, he…
Lessons from finishing fourth with Katinka Hosszu and Emma Twigg
Jul 4, 2018 • 23 min
What happens when you are expected to stand on the podium as an Olympic medallist – but you finish fourth? Swimmer Katinka Hosszu was favourite for gold in 2012. (Interview starts at 03:05) During the race, she realised that she was in third position and…
What next for Yuzuru Hanyu and Evgenia Medvedeva?
Jun 27, 2018 • 26 min
It’s time to start thinking about the new Olympic cycle for figure skating. So, we asked two Olympic champions what they think Yuzuru Hanyu and Evgenia Medvedeva should do next. Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko (interview starts at 02:56) says that Hanyu is…
Redefining refugees with Yusra Mardini and Gatkuoth Puok Thiep
Jun 19, 2018 • 22 min
If you have a look at Yusra Mardini’s Instagram feed – there are clues about what she does: pictures of swimming training and plenty of selfies. She’s clearly an international standard athlete. But her story runs deep – after fleeing Syria and swimming…
Luka Doncic: A New NBA Draft Hope
Jun 13, 2018 • 23 min
Everywhere Luka Doncic has gone – he’s won. From the Eurobasket with Slovenia to the Euroleague with Real Madrid, the 19-year-old is hot property for the NBA Draft. But what makes him so special? And could we see Slovenia finally compete and even…
What hurts more physical or emotional pain?
Jun 6, 2018 • 26 min
Physical trauma is, on the surface, much harder to stomach than any emotional pain. Imagine choosing between sparring a few rounds with a boxer compared to being called a few names. The choice seems easy. But, as an elite boxer watches cuts and bruises…
Evgenia Medvedeva: A Russian figure skater on the move
May 30, 2018 • 27 min
When two-time Olympic silver medallist figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva announced that she was leaving her coach to join Brian Orser in Canada, it was a surprise. We managed to grab a word with the two-time world champion about anime, meeting EXO, and her…
Nyjah Huston, Olympic skateboarding and ‘Til Death
May 23, 2018 • 23 min
It’s not every day that you receive an invitation to visit the home of one of the biggest skateboarders around. So the Olympic Channel Podcast naturally leapt at the chance to speak to Nyjah Huston at his apartment in Los Angeles. Why on earth are we…
Kelly Slater and his ‘perfect’ wave machine
May 16, 2018 • 26 min
Surfing legend and 11-time world champion Kelly Slater invited us to his new ranch in California, USA. He has created a wave pool that, he claims, produces the best artificial waves in the world. It’s located roughly 160 kilometres inland and we took a…
Carl Lewis and the future of athletics
May 9, 2018 • 22 min
Nine-time Olympic champion Carl Lewis has some big ideas about how to shake up the athletics world and make the sport even more entertaining to watch in the post-Bolt era. Plus, we hear from the grassroots with ex-sprinter turned Olympic Channel social…
Dancing with the Stars: Backstage special
May 2, 2018 • 17 min
Sparkles, music and dancing… the Olympians are already crushing the latest season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’. We went backstage and managed to grab a quick word with some of the contestants like Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding and Chris Mazdzer. Plus, we got…
Johann Olav Koss + Yusra Mardini
Apr 26, 2018 • 18 min
Is the world’s future in good hands? Four-time Olympic champion Johann Olav Koss gives his reasons to be optimistic. Plus, Syrian refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini stands as an example to show that her generation can have a ‘no excuses’ attitude. Remember…
Connor Fields and Shuriken Shannon
Apr 18, 2018 • 19 min
We are all scared of something, aren’t we? But imagine the fear that is racing through the veins of a BMX rider at the Olympics: it’s dangerous and some of your peers have struggled with life-changing injuries. So how can you compete with complete focus?…
Missy Franklin and Joseph Schooling
Apr 11, 2018 • 24 min
Expectations can affect any achievement. Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin went into London 2012 without any expectations and had the time of her life. At Rio 2016, she admits her approach wasn’t correct. What are her expectations for Tokyo 2020?…
Olympic Channel podcast with Ester Ledecka and Danell Leyva
Apr 5, 2018 • 23 min
To become the world’s first Olympic champion in skiing and snowboarding was impressive – but how difficult is it to have two passions? Can you balance two things that you love? Ester Ledecka opens up about her dual passion for skiing and snowboarding.…
Olympic Channel podcast ‘The Maximum’ with Mick Fanning, Sven Thorgren and Josh Levin
Mar 28, 2018 • 22 min
For an Olympian, pushing things to the maximum is normal. But where is the breaking point? We speak to pro-surfer Mick Fanning about when your days of performing at the maximum have passed, sport climber Josh Levin about peaking performance and we put…
Olympic Channel podcast with Alina Zagitova, Michael Johnson and Chris Hoy
Mar 20, 2018 • 24 min
It’s a generational gap of gold as all the guests are gold medal winners. We have 15-year-old Russian figure skater, Alina Zagitova, on why she had to give up sweets to be Olympic champion. Michael Johnson gives us his view on the world of athletics.…
Olympic Channel podcast with Yuzuru Hanyu, Hope Solo and David Wise
Mar 14, 2018 • 27 min
Double Olympic champion figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu spoke to the Olympic Channel podcast in English which was an absolute pleasure. Plus, Hope Solo talks about life away from the football field and freestyle skier David Wise opens up about dealing with…
Olympic Channel podcast with Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and the Korea Unified hockey team
Mar 2, 2018 • 29 min
Olympic Channel is the place where the Games never end and neither does the podcast! These are probably the best interviews we have done here. Both Lindsey and Mikaela were really honest and open and it was an absolute privilege to speak to the athletes…
BONUS: Olympic Channel Podcast with ‘The Nagano Tapes’
Feb 27, 2018 • 13 min
We are proud to present a special bonus podcast about our first film from the signature Five Rings Films series. We’ve got an interview with Jaroslav Spacek who was on the team. We speak to a journalist who remembers what it was like back in the Czech…
Olympic Channel podcast with Martin Fourcade
Feb 25, 2018 • 15 min
The Games may be coming to an end but the Olympic Channel is the place where the Games never end… We say goodbye to Olympic Channel volunteer Haeji Kim. Plus, we get some sage advice from the most decorated French Olympian of all-time - biathlete Martin…
Olympic Channel podcast with Marit Bjorgen and Robert Johansson
Feb 24, 2018 • 15 min
Norway are having an incredible Winter Olympic Games here in PyeongChang. So we ask two gold medallists and the chef de mission – what is their secret? Plus, in episode 15, we get to speak to the man with the best moustache at the Olympic Games – ski…
Olympic Channel podcast with Anna Gasser and Julia Dujmovits
Feb 23, 2018 • 16 min
Where’s the party at? Austria threw a fiesta to remember after snowboarder Anna Gasser created history by winning gold at the inaugural Olympic Big Air event. We chilled with another Austrian snowboarder Julia Dujmovits who is into yoga. Plus, can…
Olympic Channel Podcast with Kamil Stoch, Ashley Wagner and Hayden Smith
Feb 22, 2018 • 19 min
After a mini break, we are back with Polish ski jumping extraordinaire Kamil Stoch. He won gold here in PyeongChang but he also gives us the details of his chat with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. US figure skater Ashley Wagner talks about her…
Olympic Channel Podcast with Noriaki Kasai, Yun Sung-Bin and Kjetil Jansrud
Feb 20, 2018 • 15 min
Three legends for episode 13: one Iron Man with a gold medal in skeleton for South Korea, a skiing phenomenon with five Olympic medals and a daredevil ski jumper who is still rubbing shoulders with the young guns in his mid-40s.
Olympic Channel podcast with Lizzy Yarnold, Javier Fernandez and Finnish knitting
Feb 19, 2018 • 15 min
We are back. After a busy day meant no podcasting, it’s a return to some top interviews. Olympic Channel reporter Alessandro Poggi has been on fire speaking to Spanish figure skater Javier Fernandez and surprise Super G Olympic champion Ester Ledecka. We…
Olympic Channel podcast with Ted Ligety, Gus Kenworthy and Frida Hansdotter
Feb 17, 2018 • 15 min
PyeongChang remains very cold but are we losing the cold in other places? US skiers Ted Ligety and Gus Kenworthy have seen, at first-hand, the changes. Plus, we get the lowdown on the new Olympic event, Big Air, from the man who oversaw its construction.…
Olympic Channel podcast with Yuzuru Hanyu and the Norwegian Curling Team’s Pants
Feb 16, 2018 • 13 min
Happy New Year from PyeongChang. Olympic Channel volunteer Haeji Kim looked a little glum as she was working away on the podcast and not with her family to celebrate. But we cheered her up with some loud clothing courtesy of Norway’s curling team. Plus,…
Olympic Channel podcast with Ayumu Hirano and Robin Cousins
Feb 15, 2018 • 15 min
We grabbed some time with Olympic silver medallist snowboarder Ayumu Hirano of Japan. He gave a great interview but made a funny confession (in English) at the end. We hear Erin Jackson’s crazy story as she qualified for the US long track speedskating…
Olympic Channel podcast with Torin Yater-Wallace and Adam Rippon
Feb 14, 2018 • 17 min
Have you ever met someone after seeing their hilarious social media posts and they’ve been, well, a bit disappointing in real life? Well, US figure skater Adam Rippon is nothing like that. He’s great online and in person. Freestyle skier Torin…
Olympic Channel podcast with Marcel Hirscher and the Dufour-Lapointe sisters
Feb 13, 2018 • 17 min
He finally did it! Skier Marcel Hirscher has added an Olympic gold medal to his already very full trophy cabinet. We catch up with him - plus the three Dufour-Lapointe sisters talk about their difficult year. Olympic Channel volunteer Haeji Kim is back…
Olympic Channel podcast with Pita Taufatofua, Gus Kenworthy and Shannon-Ogbani Abeda
Feb 12, 2018 • 16 min
Tops off time! Tongan flagbearer Pita Taufatofua braved the PyeongChang cold shirtless at the Opening Ceremony but what’s the story behind the stunt? Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy gives us a secret about his abs. And Eritrea’s first alpine skier…
Olympic Channel podcast with Julia Mancuso and the Jamaican bobsleigh team
Feb 11, 2018 • 15 min
Fancy doing some freezing surfing? Olympic champion skier Julia Mancuso did! She gave us her expert view on the USA alpine skiing team. It’s 30 years since the movie ‘Cool Runnings’ - now the women’s Jamaican team want in on the action - we have an…
Olympic Channel podcast with Lindsey Vonn and Akwasi Frimpong
Feb 10, 2018 • 16 min
The buzz of the Opening Ceremony is still in the air but it’s straight back to business for episode number four. Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn cried at a press conference plus we have an incredible interview with Ghana’s first skeleton slider Akwasi…
Olympic Channel podcast with Martin Fourcade and Wim Hof
Feb 9, 2018 • 14 min
It’s go time! PyeongChang starts to fill up ahead of the Opening Ceremony so we get the lowdown from two-time Olympic champ and France flagbearer Martin Fourcade on how the cold affects the biathlon plus some fascinating perspective from Wim Hof who…
Olympic Channel podcast with Shaun White and Chloe Kim
Feb 8, 2018 • 15 min
It was an early start for the Olympic Channel podcast team this morning to bag a place at the news conference for top USA half-pipe snowboarders Shaun White and Chloe Kim. We catch up with them plus get a bit of snowboard history from Hilary Sims. And…
Olympic Channel podcast with Jamie Anderson and Eve Muirhead
Feb 7, 2018 • 12 min
Grab your backstage pass to PyeongChang 2018 for the first episode of the Olympic Channel podcast. We learn the Korean word for ‘awesome’. Plus, we sit down with Olympic gold medallist snowboarder Jamie Anderson and Olympic bronze medallist curler Eve…