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.

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.”

Kate Richardson-Walsh

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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 home soil.

The quest for an Olympic gold seemed to be impossible after a disappointing performance in the 2014 World Cup. But the team did become champions at Rio 2016.

So, how did she make her dreams come true?

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.

Simone Biles

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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.

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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