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Keep the Flame Alive


Keep the Flame Alive is the podcast for fans of the Olympics. Each week co-hosts Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown interview athletes, Gamesmakers, historians and more to the greatest sporting festival in the world. Give us a call: 208-FLAME-IT.

Keep the Flame Alive is the podcast for fans of the Olympics. Each week co-hosts Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown interview athletes, Gamesmakers, historians and more to the greatest sporting festival in the world. Give us a call: 208-FLAME-IT.


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Keep the Flame Alive is the podcast for fans of the Olympics. Each week co-hosts Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown interview athletes, Gamesmakers, historians and more to the greatest sporting festival in the world. Give us a call: 208-FLAME-IT.








Episode 146: The IOC's in Session

We report back on what went down in the International Olympic Committee's 136th Session, which is the big gathering of all IOC members. We've got an announcement from TBach, news from Tokyo 2020, plus reports from all of the other Games on the docket. Today is also one year to go until Tokyo 2020 (in 2021), so the Tokyo Organizing Committee had a recognition celebration. It was a little more somber than last year's, but beautifully done. Grab your Puffs -- you'll need them when you watch...


Episode 145: Archivist Teri Hedgpeth on the Moscow 1980 Olympic Boycott

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Moscow 1980 Olympics, which may be better known for the 66-country boycott of them. Our TKFLASTANI archivist Teri Hedgpeth joins us to talk about the boycott and a new exhibit she put together for the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee that honors the US athletes who were affected by it. Follow Teri on LinkedIn! We are working on a side project about the 1980 boycott from a global aspect, so if you were involved or have historical context to...


Episode 144: Ken Hanscom on Tokyo Olympic Travel

We welcome back our TKFLASTANI travel expert Ken Hanscom, COO of Ticket Manager, who tells us the latest on how to make plans to travel to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021. Follow Ken on Twitter and Insta. Follow Ticket Manager on Twitter. We also have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT about our plans to celebrate one year to Tokyo 2020 on July 24! Look for more details on our Insta, Twitter, Facebook Page and Facebook Group this week! Our TKFLASTANIs have been on a bunch of podcasts and in...


Episode 143: Lighting Round - Hannah Brown, Ken Hanscom & Maura Grogan

This week is Canada Day and American Independence Day, so we're celebrating with a Lightning Round episode. This one features our TKFLASTANI archery official Hannah Brown, travel/tickets expert Ken Hanscom and 1976 Olympic luger Maura Grogan.


Episode 142: Derek Leung on the Geology of Curling Stones

We need to cool off, so we're hitting the ice -- the curling ice, that is. On this episode we talk with Derek Leung, a graduate student pursuing a research master’s in geology at the University of Edinburgh. His focus is on the damage evolution of curling stones, so we wanted to hear what he's discovered about the rocks themselves. Derek has a YouTube channel called Minerals Rock! where you can see his slo-mo research in action. He also has a GoFundMe page to help defray the costs of...


Episode 141: Dr. Claudia Reardon on ADHA in Elite Athletes

Simone Biles and Michael Phelps are among the Olympians who have ADHD. But what is that disorder, and how does it affect elite athletes? Dr. Claudia Reardon, Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry of University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and co-chair of the International Olympic Committee's working group "Mental Health in Elite Athletes," joins us to talk about how athletes can manage and excel with this condition.


Episode 140: Canoeist András Törő's Olympics

We welcome back 4x canoe sprint Olympian András Törő, and in this episode we talk about his Olympic experiences at Rome 1960, where he won a bronze medal; Tokyo 1964, where he defected; Munich 1972, which suffered a terrorist attack, and Montreal 1976. Also, we follow up on the latest developments in the IOC's and USOPC's efforts to acknowledge athletes' opinions and desires when it comes to making protests. Plus there's information from the IOC's latest Executive Board meeting, and some...


Episode 139: Protests Throughout Olympic History

It's been a tough week in America--and in cities around the world that are rising up against racism and social injustice. In hundreds of cities, people are banding together to make a statement about the brutal killing of George Floyd and to demand change. Because of the situation going on in the world, we wanted to take some time and look at protests that have occurred on the Olympic stage throughout its existence, even though Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states, "No kind of demonstration...


Episode 138: Lightning Round 9: Marnie McBean, Kelly Claes & Karolos Grohmann

It's a holiday week here in the US, so we've got a Lightning Round episode for you. Past guests Marnie McBean, Kelly Claes and Karolos Grohmann face up to the slow roll of our lightning round questions. Follow our guests: Marnie: Twitter | Insta | Website Kelly: Twitter | Insta | Website Karolos: Twitter Also, here's Marnie's amazing Barcelona 1992 Opening Ceremonies uniform. This is a national treasure. Thank you to all of our Patreon patrons! If you like what you hear, please support...


Episode 137: Dr. Kristin Keim on Sports & Mental Health during COVID-19

It's Mental Health Awareness Month, so we welcome Dr. Kristin Keim back to the show to talk to us about how athletes -- and non-athletes -- can think about how to care for our mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow Kristin online on Insta, Twitter and Facebook. In our visit to TKFLASTAN, we learn that Teri Hedgpeth has left the USOPC, but not before putting together a bunch of virtual exhibits. Jackie Wong was on Jeopardy--get the highlights on his Twitter feed. Brianna...


Episode 136: Andras Törő on Canoe Sprint

It's week 2 of canoe! On this episode, 4x Olympian Andras Törő tells us details about the Canoe Sprint discipline that will help us watch it better at the Olympics. Andras is pretty amazing. Competing for Hungary, Andras won a silver medal in the Men's 1000m C2 event (that's doubles) at the Rome 1960 Olympics. [check out this video of his event - his boat's in the middle. Was Hungary robbed?]He competed at Tokyo 1964 in singles, and came in 4th. That's when he decided to defect to the...


Bonus Episode: #GivingTuesdayPodcasts

It's #GivingTuesday, so we're participating in the movement to give a boost to independent podcasters by recommending three podcasts we've been loving: Hear Her SportsWhy I'll Never Make ItPodcast Gumbo Listen to why we love them and add them to your podcast playlist!


Episode 135: Olympian Luuka Jones on Canoe Slalom

We're back! Same fun Olympics podcast, but a brand new name! We're still getting things transitioned over to the new name -- you'll see a new website soon, and the back catalog will get reconfigured as well. We have all new social media handles--new accounts actually, so please follow us and help others find us. It's the same across Insta, Twitter and Facebook--@flamealivepod. Our Facebook Group is Keep the Flame Alive Podcast. We welcome New Zealand Olympic medalist and silver fern owner...


Coming Soon: Keep the Flame Alive

New name, same great Olympics podcast!


Episode 134: Film Buff Fran on "Miracle"

Film Buff Fran is back to talk about our latest Olympics movie club selection, "Miracle," the story of the 1980 U.S. men's ice hockey team and the "Miracle on Ice" game. Plus, it's a big milestone for the show, and we have a new novela! For our next movie club episode, we're doing a double feature! We're watching "Without Limits" and "Prefontaine," both about early 1970s U.S. Olympic runner Steve Prefontaine. We'll meet again in early August to discuss these two, so you have...


Episode 134: Film Buff Fran on "Miracle"

It's our last episode of Olympic Fever (but don't worry, we're not going anywhere--we're just changing our name)! This week, we're having a Movie Club meeting, so that means a visit from Film Buff Fran. Fran joins us to discuss "Miracle," the story of the 1980 US men's ice hockey team, also known as the "Miracle on Ice." DISCLAIMER: OLYMPIC® is a trademark of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (“USOPC”). Any use of OLYMPIC® in the Olympic Fever podcast is strictly for...


Episode 133: Book Club Claire on "Games of Deception"

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. We also hear from author Roy Tomizawa about his book "1964," which is our next selection. We wonder which Team Olympic Fever Quarantine House we should stay in, and we have some gymnastics qualification updates for Tokyo 2020. DISCLAIMER: OLYMPIC® is a trademark of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee...


Episode 132: Catching Up with Tom Scott and Sean Colahan

We're catching up with more members of Team Olympic Fever to see how they're faring in the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we're chatting with our karate Olympic hopeful Tom Scott and video journalist Sean Colahan. Plus, we talk about the Olympic flame's current location, and we have a new self-isolation Olympic sport we think should be up for consideration in the Olympic program. Follow Tom Scott: FacebookInstaTwitter Follow Sean Colahan on Twitter. DISCLAIMER: OLYMPIC® is a trademark of the...


Episode 131 - An NGB Perspective with USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews

Today we're learning what the Olympics are like from a National Governing Body (NGB) point of view. Phil Andrews, CEO of USA Weightlifting joins us to talk about what his NGB does for its elite, Olympic-bound athletes, as well as for its clubs, coaches and other athlete members. We also talk about drug testing in the wake of COVID-19 and how that's especially important to the sport of weightlifting. Follow Phil on Twitter and Insta, and check out his website! USA Weightlifting is currently...


Episode 130: Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponed

It's official: The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look at the timeline of the decision. We also check in with Team Olympic Fever members Jacqueline Simoneau, DeAnna Price, Samantha Schultz and new members Dr. Mary O'Connor and Phil Andrews to see how they're doing. We also discuss some of the thousands of pieces that are in play in rescheduling the Games for (likely) 2021. DISCLAIMER: OLYMPIC® is a trademark of the United States Olympic &...