Ten of the most motivational podcasts from high achievers in sport
Self-improvement comes from within but sometimes it’s nice to have a helping hand.
The Olympic Channel Podcast has showcased some of the most inspirational sports stories across more than 100 episodes.
Here are ten recommendations to make the difficult days on the road to betterment a little easier.
Waiting for her at the airport in Toronto was her friend, and fellow figure skater, Jason Brown.
The pair have become even closer as they train under two-time Olympic silver medallist Brian Orser.
Medvedeva says that Brown has taught her ‘how to be happy and work at the same time’.
Olympic champion Meryl Davis interviewed Brown, Orser, and Medvedeva about the importance of friendship in success.
Podcast: Evgenia Medvedeva, Jason Brown, and Brian Orser
Podcast: Evgenia Medvedeva, Jason Brown, and Brian OrserCoach 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 Orser.“They are from different backgrounds - but they seem to jive really well.”Olympic champion Meryl Davis spoke exclusively to the pair and Brian Orser about what makes their relationship so unique.
Four months later, she was paralysed and in a wheelchair.
A junior Dutch cyclist was practising standing starts when Vogel crashed into him at full speed.
The double Olympic champion feels no resentment.
“I don’t need to forgive (the person because) I have no anger about him.”
She doesn’t know if her family feels the same.
“I have never asked them if they have forgiven him… I am scared to ask this question.”
The 28-year-old talked about her life-changing accident, acceptance and forgiveness.
Podcast: Kristina Vogel has 'no anger' from accident that left her paralysed
Podcast: Kristina Vogel has 'no anger' from accident that left her paralysedThe German Olympic champ suffered a training accident that saw her lose the use of her legs. We spoke to her about forgiveness and family.
The US swimmer's life is simply unbelievable: wins Olympic gold as a teenager, hits rock-bottom, becomes homeless and attempts suicide, regains control of life, makes Olympics again, and becomes oldest ever Olympic individual medallist swimmer.
Anthony Ervin spoke about pleasures and pitfalls of achieving your dreams.
“Winning is not the goal. Winning is just evidence of what you have done” – Anthony Ervin
Podcast: Triple Olympic champ Anthony Ervin says winning can be 'terrible'
Podcast: Triple Olympic champ Anthony Ervin says winning can be 'terrible'Swimmer Anthony Ervin won Olympic gold aged 19. His life then fell apart. He was homeless, attempted suicide, and drank heavily. In 2016, he won the 50m freestyle. Aged 35, he became the oldest individual Olympic gold medallist in swimming. “Winning can be a terrible thing that happens to you. It can completely intoxicate you… Winning is a test.” He spoke about Ryan Lochte, growing up with Tourette's, and how he wants to compete at Tokyo 2020.
The look on her face said it all.
When Jamaica’s Briana Williams crossed the line in the 100m final at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, she was visibly shocked.
Then aged 16, she was the youngest competitor in the 100m field.
Briana Williams: the next Jamaican sprint hope
It wasn’t the end of joy. She went on to win the 200m as well.
“I was thrilled. That is one word that I can say. I was really happy and proud myself,” she said to the Olympic Channel Podcast.
This Jamaican may still be a teenager but her ability is taking her places very fast.
Miss Val and Katelyn Ohashi
A lot of Olympians have been coached by Valorie Kondos Field (aka Miss Val).
But the legendary coach had some of major doubts when she first started with the gymnastics team at UCLA.
Her background was in dance and her lack of experience meant she lacked faith in her decisions.
She learnt to trust her instincts and went onto have an illustrious career.
The favourite Miss Val lesson of viral college gymnast star Katelyn Ohashi is: Be anxious for nothing and grateful for all things.
Ohashi spoke on the podcast about the influence of Miss Val in her life.
As she headed into her final season as coach of UCLA, Miss Val gave advice applicable to anyone looking to achieve.
Podcast: Katelyn Ohashi on viral routine and legendary UCLA gymnastics coach Miss Val
Podcast: Katelyn Ohashi on viral routine and legendary UCLA gymnastics coach Miss ValHer 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 story behind the ‘Perfect 10’ routine that went viral, her friendship with [**Simone Biles**](https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/athletes/detail/simone-biles/), and the biggest life lesson from coach **Valorie Kondos Field (aka Miss Val)**. The [Olympic Channel Podcast](https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/stories/news/detail/olympic-channel-podcast/) also spoke to Miss Val about what’s next for American gymnastics and what she’s learnt in her three decades at UCLA.Subscribe on [**iTunes**](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/olympic-channel-podcast/id1347405249?mt=2)**,** [**Spotify**](https://open.spotify.com/show/78cyGdRl1eplfnatrvf5fw?si=oVnjpPt9RjC1OgXFgEHk9g)**,** [**Podbean**](https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/mcr37-65696/Olympic-Channel-Podcast)**,** [**Acast**](https://www.acast.com/olympicchannel)**LINKS** [Katelyn Ohashi Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/katelyn_ohashi/?hl=en) [Miss Val Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/missvalkondos/?hl=en) [Scott Bregman Twitter](https://twitter.com/sbregman87?lang=en) [Ed Knowles Twitter](https://twitter.com/eddieknowles?lang=en) [Original Perfect 10 Routine in Full](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ic7RNS4Dfo) [Updated Perfect 10 Routine in Full](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtiDMdfoUBg)
Italian rhythmic gymnast Marta Pagnini is an Olympic bronze medallist who is totally confident with her body.
She participated in a naked podcast to promote a positive message.
"I should be judged for my performance as an athlete and what I do as a woman. Not for my body.”
“I shouldn’t be judged for my body" - Marta Pagnini
Interviewing an Olympian… Naked
Interviewing an Olympian… NakedRhythmic gymnast Marta Pagnini is an Olympic bronze medallist who is totally confident with her body. She wants to promote a positive body message.“I’m confident with my body and I shouldn’t be judged for my body, I should be judged for my performance as an athlete. And from what I do as a woman, not for my body.”SUBSCRIBE for the best interviews around the Olympics every Wednesday.
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 seek treatment for her mental health.
Gracie is now taking a day-by-day approach to recovery as she explains in this honest, open, and raw interview.
Podcast: How figure skater Gracie Gold deals with mental health issues
Podcast: How figure skater Gracie Gold deals with mental health issuesDepression, 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 seek treatment for her mental health. Gracie is now taking a day-by-day approach to recovery as she explains in this honest, open, and raw interview.
USA artistic swimming team
After 12 years of disappointment, the US Synchro team have enlisted the help of a four-time Olympic medal winning coach Andrea Fuentes.
The Spaniard is hoping to inspire a group of young hopefuls to reach Tokyo 2020.
It’s going to be difficult but Fuentes’ attitude remains strictly positive.
Podcast: The uphill battle facing the USA artistic swimming team
Podcast: The uphill battle facing the USA artistic swimming teamAndrea Fuentes has a difficult task. The Spaniard 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 the sport – can they beat the odds and reach Tokyo 2020?“We are doing in five months what others took years to achieve,” said Fuentes. Ahead of the Pan American Games and the FINA World Aquatics Championships, we follow a coaching team determined to realise a dream.
Once one of Britain’s most wanted criminals, John McAvoy says he would be dead if it wasn't for sport.
''I wouldn’t be the person I am today. It literally did save my life." he told the Olympic Channel Podcast.
After a career in crime, and serving 10 years behind bars, he became a record breaker and is now a fully professional Ironman triathlon athlete.
The 35-year-old is on a mission to help inspire, and prevent other young people from making the same mistakes he did.
Podcast: The armed robber redeemed by sport
Podcast: The armed robber redeemed by sportJohn 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 been given an official pardon by the UK government. McAvoy vowed to change his ways when his friend died in a car chase. He left behind a criminal life of chasing money to focus on motivating and inspiring people. “If you gave me the option between winning a gold medal at the Olympics, or sacrificing my whole athletic career to stop one kid going to prison: I’d sacrifice everything,” he said to the Olympic Channel Podcast. Photo credit: @thatcameraman/instagram
Imagine having to keep national sporting success a secret from your parents.
That was the reality for boxer Ramla Ali after she became the first Muslim woman to win English national boxing titles in 2016.
Born into a strict Muslim family, including an imam for a father, she was expected to dress and behave modestly.
"My mum, I think what she feared most at the time was the community and how they would perceive me," Ali said to the Olympic Channel Podcast.
Ramla escaped war-torn Somalia to become a refugee in Great Britain but now she is representing her country on an international level.