Olympic Channel Podcast: Ways to Listen

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From figure skating to gymnastics, we bring you the top Olympic talk around Tokyo 2020 with the biggest name athletes.

It's the official Olympic Channel Podcast and it comes out every Wednesday.

Past guests include Simone Biles, Lindsey Vonn, Yuzuru Hanyu, and more than 100 others.

During the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, we will have a daily podcast from the Olympic Capital too.

Podcast: The part-time model with a Youth Olympic medals and more from Lausanne 2020

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Ailing Eileen Gu of China is a freestyle skier with a Youth Olympic gold and silver medals 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 curler John Morris gives some tips on how to calm your nerves.

Podcast: Emma Terho on why she nearly left ice hockey and snowboarder Tessa Maud from Lausanne 2020

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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 excited to get started at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Podcast: USA freestyle skier Kiernan Fagan and a luge ride with Tobi Jizzle at Lausanne 2020

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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 asked him some Olympic trivia questions.

Podcast: USA luge buddies and volunteers from Afghanistan at Lausanne 2020

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USA men's luge doubles team, Sam Day and Sam Eckert, talk about their big ambitions for their career. Plus, two Afghan volunteers from the Youth Olympic Games who are living in Lausanne tell their incredible stories. Plus, a last question with some of the GB curling team.

Podcast: Olympic champ curler John Morris, cucumber, and Spanish ski mountaineers at Lausanne 2020

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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 achievement. Also, would you rather eat cucumber for a week or never taste chocolate again? Find out what the Norwegian curling team said about that.

Podcast: Inspiration from Olympic champion Kikkan Randall plus hummingbirds and mini ski jumps from Lausanne 2020

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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 Kate Wang.

Podcast: Kagiyama Yuma, curling, biathlon, and speed skating

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We've packed as many sports into today's episode. There are updates from curling, biathlon, speed skating and alpine skiing. Plus, men's figure skating champion Kagiyama Yuma stopped by to give his reaction.

Podcast: Figure skaters Patrick Chan, Nathalie Pechalat, and the unusual ice hockey teams of Lausanne 2020

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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

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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 alpine skier Amelie Klopfenstein who came off the reserve list to take first gold medal of the Games.

Aksel Lund Svindal's message for Lausanne 2020 and a Pakistani skier

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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 a last question with Lausanne mascot Yodli.

Stephane Lambiel on Lausanne 2020, Shoma Uno, and music

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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, some other athletes to look out for and we chat to Lausanne 2020 Olympic medal designer Zakea Page.

Lausanne 2020 preview: Chris Mazdzer

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We’ve all the info you need for the start of Lausanne 2020, including a good luck message from eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt and a walk through the historic St Moritz track with Olympic silver medallist Chris Mazdzer.

Best of 2019 - Simone Biles – the complete interview

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To celebrate our most popular episode of 2019, we are replaying our full chat with Simone. 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.

The athlete allergic to nearly all food

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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 true when she qualified for Tokyo 2020. But mentally, after all the trauma, she found it difficult to accept success.

Nathan Chen

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Two-time figure skating world champion Nathan Chen sat down with Olympic ice dance gold medallist Meryl Davis to discuss how he recovered from his 2018 Olympic performance to claim his third Grand Prix Final title in 2019.

Chen beat double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu in Turin, but the pair share a mutual respect and love competing against each other.

“It really fires me up, makes me want to take my jumps more and makes me want to be a little bit more aggressive with my skating. I think that's something that I don't feel quite as much when he's not competing with me.”

Kelly Slater

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The 11-time world champion surfer talks retirement, the Olympics, and Baywatch. Slater is 47 and could still qualify for Tokyo 2020.

Ben Ryan

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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 mindset to draw out the best from his players.

Salwa Eid Naser

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World champion 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 tattoos and five piercings.

“I don’t really care what people think. It’s my life and I do what I want.”

How a phone call made Lacey Henderson a Paralympian

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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 a cancer surviving amputee with a great sense of humour. She shares her story ahead of the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.

Owen Wright

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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 at Tokyo 2020 after winning a WSL event in Tahiti.

Nellie Kim

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She was the second woman to score a 'Perfect 10' at the Olympics 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 Biles, the wider gymnastic field, and her own Perfect 10 experience.

The ripple effect of the Caster Semenya ruling and why it matters now

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The double Olympic champion South African 800m runner 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 took Olympic medals home from Rio 2016 are all affected by the regulations. In this episode, Olympic medallists

Margaret Nyairera Wambui and Francine Niyonsaba tell their stories. With world exclusive interviews, we’ve travelled the globe to track down people affected by this important legal case.

Evgenia Medvedeva, Jason Brown, and Brian Orser

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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 Orser.

“They are from different backgrounds - but they seem to jive really well.”

Olympic champion Meryl Davis spoke exclusively to the pair and Orser about what makes their relationship so unique.

Katelyn Ohashi and Valorie Kondos Field (aka Miss Val)

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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 biggest life lesson from legendary coach Valorie Kondos Field.

The 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.

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