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Episode 37: Beijing 2008 Olympian Olya Ovtchinnikova on Sabre Fencing

Bonjour a Montreal! Jill and contributor Ben Jackson report in from the Montreal 1976 Olympic Village, where they're staying for a few days. They talk about all of things that are holdovers from the Games, as well as some of the quirks of the building. Our guest this week is Canadian Olympian Olya Ovtchinnikova who competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in sabre fencing. In the first part of her interview with Jill, Olya talks about how the sport of sabre works (and why you need to...


Episode 36: Paris 1924 vs. Paris 2024

A look back, a look ahead. In 2024, Paris will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the second time they hosted the Olympics. Jill and Alison spend this episode looking at the innovations from Paris 1924 and the parallels between it and Paris 2024. We look forward to what the 2024 Games will bring! (we can only hope it's as good as Alison's rendition of the "Chariots of Fire" theme). Plus, a trivia extravaganza, and we hear your reports from Olympic Fever Olympic Day #OFOD! Remember, you...


Episode 35 - Emily Cook on Overcoming Adversity

Contributor Ben Jackson is back with another part of last fall's interview with 3x Olympic Aerialist Emily Cook. Emily talks about overcoming adversity and returning from injury--and she had a doozy of an injury. Emily also talks about how to stay motivated and how to be OK if things don't go according to plan. Plus, we debut our Olympic Fever Book Club with contributor Claire Natsis. Claire's first choice is the New York Times bestseller, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their...


Episode 34: "Scouting Camp - The Next Olympic Hopeful" Returns!

Scott Riewald, the U.S. Olympic Committee's Director of High Performance, talks to us about bringing back its reality/documentary show "Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful" and what's new for season 2. If you want to try out for the show, check out their website. Show partner 24 Hour Fitness is hosting tryouts all over the country on June 2 -- you still have time to get in on this opportunity! The test includes a 30-meter sprint, pull ups and a vertical jump. Also on this episode, we...


Episode 33: Cross-Country Skiing Olympic Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall

She's a five-time Olympian, winner of the first US Olympic gold medal in cross-country skiing, first American to win a cross-country world championship--and now she's a member of the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission. Kikkan Randall joins us on this week's show! Kikkan made history in PyeongChang with Jessie Diggins in the cross-country team sprint and captivated viewers with their face glitter and pink hair. Olympic moments don't get any better than this victory,...


Episode 32: Video Journalist Sean Colahan's PyeongChang

Wouldn't it be amazing if your job took you to the Olympics? NBC Boston Video Journalist Sean Colahan lived the dream this winter by covering the Olympics for the local news station. Sean tells us what it was like to be a local news cameraman at PyeongChang 2018, the gold medal game he saw, the pins he traded, and just how cold it was. Here are some of the stories Sean put together while he was in South Korea: Finger HeartsHospitality HousesOlympic PicturesOlympic Wrap Plus, Alison has...


Episode 31: Rome 1960's Legacy

Jill's just back from Rome, Italy, and naturally did a little Olympic tourism while she was there, so she and Alison talk about the game-changing Olympics of Rome 1960 and Jill talks about some venues that still remain. Plus, the Team USA awards and trivia. Jill's got a ton of pictures of the Olympic venues she saw--she'll post them up ASAP, but for now, here's a shot of the basketball venue (still in use, though the outside doesn't look it) and the Mussolini obelisk in front of the main...


Episode 30: Moving Rio's Swimming Pools

Jill and Alison talk with Trevor Tiffany of A&T Europe and Chairman of Myrtha Pools USA to learn where Rio 2016's swimming pools went. That's right. They moved. Swimming pools can move! Plus, Trevor tells us about swimming pool plans (or non-plans) for Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and LA 2028.


Episode 29: Meagan Duhamel's Olympic Experience

Remember when we talked with figure skating mental coach Rebekah Dixon? The mental coach who was working with the great Meagan Duhamel? Well, now we talked with Meagan herself! Canadian pairs figure skater and 3x Olympic medalist Meagan Duhamel joins us to talk about her Olympic experiences at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018. Follow Meagan on Twitter and Insta -- and check out her healthy living blog!


Episode 28: The 122nd Anniversary of Athens 1896

Did you know that the very first modern Olympics was held in April? We decided to celebrate by watching the 1984 TV miniseries "The First Olympics: Athens 1896." This, of course, means we need to set the record straight on some a lot of facts, so Jill goes to Colby College to talk with Pat Burdick about the James Connolly collection and geek out about seeing the first modern Olympic medal ever awarded. Then University of Michigan associate professor Mark Clague explains the situation with...


Episode 27: Performance Wear with Susan Sokolowski

We answer questions we had during PyeongChang, namely, why do different sports have such different uniforms? Alison chats with Susan Sokolowski, Associate Professor and Director of the Sports Product Design Program at the University of Oregon, to learn more. Plus, seven interested cities have decided to hang out with the IOC's New Norm and have officially stated that they intend to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Who's bidding, and who doesn't stand a chance? We take a look!


Episode 26 - Figure Skating Dresses with Pat Pearsall

Unless someone has a wardrobe malfunction on the ice, it's rare to hear an announcer talk about a figure skating costume. Yet they're a vital part of a skater's competition. We wanted to know more about the clothes, so Alison spoke with figure skating dress designer Pat Pearsall, who gives us the scoop on the dresses she designed for two-time Olympian and PyeongChang 2018 bronze medallist Mirai Nagasu, what she thinks of mesh matching, and how to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. Plus, Jill...


Episode 25 - Olympic Photography with Lou Jones

This week we're looking at some of the other important people who make the Games happen for us fans. Where would we be without the pictures? Multifaceted photographer and author Lou Jones talks with us about the wonders and difficulties of photographing the Games -- and shares his training regimen with us. Lou has shot 13 Olympic Games. 13! You can check out his work at his website -- and definitely check out some of his Olympic work. He's also on Twitter and Insta @loujones2008.


Episode 24: PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Wrap Up

We're back in PyeongChang (figuratively speaking) for a look at what's been going on with the Paralympic Games--and the hijinks of one of our favorite mascots, Bandabi. If you're interested in learning more about guides for visually impaired sports, check out VisionAware.


Episode 23: Paralympic XC Skiing and Biathlon with Robert Walsh

The Paralympics are almost here! Today's guest is World Para Nordic Skiing Sport Technical Committee Chair Robert Walsh, who explains how Paralympic XC skiing and biathlon work. Plus, there's a potential Olympic Fever knitting project in the works, Paralympic trivia, and another sad mascot story.


Episode 22: Sled Hockey with Taylor Lipsett

PyeongChang's not over yet! It's time for our 2018 Paralympics preview episodes. Three-time medalist Taylor Lipsett joins the show to discuss the sport of sled hockey. Plus, the Russians are back in the IOC's good graces, and Tokyo 2020's given us a new set of mascots to love!


PyeongChang 2018 - Last Day: XC Skiing, Bobsled, Ice Hockey, Curling, Closing Ceremonies

It's the last day of the 2018 Olympics! Jill and Alison wrap up the action in the 4-Man Bobsled, Men's Ice Hockey, Cross-Country Skiing and Curling events. Then it's time for the Closing Ceremonies, where we wave to all of our Team Olympic Fever members, give Soohorang one final hug and extinguish the Olympic Flame.


PyeongChang 2018 - Day 16: Curling, Big Air, Snowboard PGS, Team Alpine, Ice Hockey, Speedskating, Doping

Team USA's #1 fan Sarah Patton is back for our daily wrap-up. First up is our discussion of Team Olympic Fever's very own gold medalist John Shuster and Team Shuster's amazing victory over Sweden. Plus, Snowboard, Team Alpine, Ice Hockey, Speedskating, and the inevitable chat about doping at PyeongChang.


PyeongChang 2018 - Day 15: Figure Skating, Bobsled, Curling, Speedskating, Ice Hockey, Alpine Skiing, Snowboard, Biathlon

Alison's all dressed up for our review of the Women's Figure Skating free skate (or as Jill says, a Lipinski/Kwan redux). Then it's on to the other sports of the day--which turns out to be a lot, even though we're nearly at the end of the Games. We've got: And Jill channels her best Chad Salmela as she watches NBC's coverage of the Men's Biathlon Relay. We're down to the end of the Games -- and the end of our fundraising drive. Check out the PayPal button above for your opportunity to...


PyeongChang 2018 - Day 14: Ice Hockey, Curling, Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speedskating

It's been another exciting day of Olympic action! Jill and Alison discuss: