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Episode 62: A Freeze on Boxing

12/7/2018
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This past weekend could've been d-day for boxing and weightlifting. The IOC Executive Board met to determine whether or not those two sports should remain on the Olympic Program for Tokyo 2020. Weightlifting seems to be making improvements, but the IOC decided to put a freeze on boxing. What does that mean? Jill and Alison delve into what's going on within the AIBA, boxing's international federation. Like this controversy from Seoul 1988. The freeze could potentially be a good...

Duration:01:05:00

Episode 61: Kim Rhode's Olympics

11/29/2018
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Kim Rhode is back on the show to talk about her 6 Olympic experience. She's got one of the most storied Olympic careers, having competed in 6 Olympics in shotgun--and earning a medal at each one of them. She's got some great stories, from fun in the Olympic Village at Atlanta, to having her son watch her compete in Rio. We also recap "Scouting Camp: The Next Olympic Hopeful" Season 2, which was on over the weekend, and we have some Team Olympic Fever updates. Kim Rhode's aiming for her 7th...

Duration:01:23:54

Episode 60: Lightning Round 1

11/22/2018
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It's Thanksgiving Day weekend in the US, which means Jill and Alison are busy carbo loading (well, to be fair, Jill's doing a 5K too). This week we debut a recurring segment: The Lightning Round. In recent months we've asked our interviewees the same 5 questions. Hear how Olympic judo coach Jimmy Pedro, Olympic rower Tessa Gobbo and Olympic swimmer John Naber answer them. It's perfect listening while you wait to baste your turkey or prepare other Thanksgiving foods....and if this isn't...

Duration:00:59:22

Episode 59: Kim Rhode on Olympic Shotgun Shooting

11/16/2018
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Legend in the house! 6x Olympian and 6x Olympic medalist Kim Rhode joins us to explain how the Olympic shotgun events work. But first! We have a correction on the Hollywood version of the Blood in the Water polo match between Hungary and the USSR at the 1956 Olympics. Quentin Tarantino was the producer behind the documentary "Freedom's Fury," which was narrated by Mark Spitz. Plus, there is a Hungarian movie (which Jill vaguely remembered finding but couldn't do so quickly) called...

Duration:01:08:58

Episode 58: Tony Azevedo's World of Water Polo

11/8/2018
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We're jumping in the pool to talk with 5x Olympian Tony Azevedo about the sport of water polo. This is another sport that's no joke -- did you know it's the only sport that develops certain muscles in your feet? Tony gives us the lowdown on techniques, controversies with hand gluing and ball deflation, and what it's like to be in the Croatian celebrity press. Also, the US Olympic Committee has de-sanctioned USA Gymnastics as a National Governing Body. We talk about the ramifications and...

Duration:02:09:03

Episode 57: "Running for my Life" with Book Club Claire

11/1/2018
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Book Club Claire is back to discuss Lopez Lomong's book "Running for my Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games." Lopez has had a remarkable life so far: He was kidnapped by Sudanese rebel fighters, escaped that situation with people he called his "angels," spent most of his childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp, and was chosen to move to the United States where he developed his running talents and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic teams in 2008 and...

Duration:00:49:57

Episode 57: “Running for my Life” with Book Club Claire

11/1/2018
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Book Club Claire is back to discuss Lopez Lomong’s book “Running for my Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games.” Lopez has had a remarkable life so far: He was kidnapped by Sudanese rebel fighters, escaped that situation with people he called his “angels,” spent most of his childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp, and was chosen to move to the United States where he developed his running talents and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic teams in 2008 and...

Duration:00:49:57

Episode 56: Dawn Harper Nelson’s Olympics

10/26/2018
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Hurdling great Dawn Harper Nelson is BACK! This week she talks with us about gold at Beijing 2008, silver at London 2012, and a heartbreaking 2016 US Olympic trials. Plus, we’ve got TOFU, a Tokyo 2020 update, and an opportunity for you to help the Beijing 2022 Games. Also, Jill and Alison discuss who would win in a mascot race. Here are Dawn’s races — once you listen to the show, check out the London race again and see if you see what Dawn’s talking about. BeijingLondon2016 Olympic...

Duration:00:49:34

Episode 56: Dawn Harper Nelson's Olympics

10/25/2018
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Hurdling great Dawn Harper Nelson is BACK! This week she talks with us about gold at Beijing 2008, silver at London 2012, and a heartbreaking 2016 US Olympic trials. Plus, we've got TOFU, a Tokyo 2020 update, and an opportunity for you to help the Beijing 2022 Games. Also, Jill and Alison discuss who would win in a mascot race. Here are Dawn's races -- once you listen to the show, check out the London race again and see if you see what Dawn's talking about. BeijingLondon2016 Olympic...

Duration:00:49:34

Episode 55: Hurdles with 2x Olympic Medalist Dawn Harper Nelson

10/19/2018
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Dawn Harper Nelson, gold medalist at Beijing 2008 and silver medalist at London 2012 in the 100m hurdles, explains how to approach a hurdle race. Plus, Jill has a startling confession--or perhaps you'd call it a b-confession. So many links for you this week. First off, follow Dawn: Twitter:@DHarp100mH Insta:https://www.instagram.com/dharp100mh/ Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/dawnharpernelson www.dawnharpernelson.com Some of the videos of her that we mentioned on the show: Watch...

Duration:01:00:10

Episode 54: Jason Bryant on Olympic Announcing

10/11/2018
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MatTalkOnline's Jason Bryant returns to tell us about his adventures as the in-house English announcer for the wrestling competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics. It's a wild journey that goes through Uzbekistan, naturally. Follow Jason on Twitter and his network on Facebook for all the latest in the world of wrestling. We also have a slice of TOFU for you, as well as some insensitivity at a recent sailing test event. Wasn't us! We weren't there! Brand new: Join our virtual water cooler at...

Duration:01:25:50

Episode 53: Youth Olympic Games? What Youth Olympic Games?

10/4/2018
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Did you know that the 2018 Youth Olympic Games is opening this weekend? Wait a second....there's a Youth Olympic Games? Yep. Jill and Alison spend this episode--and only this episode--talking about why the Youth Olympic Games exists and if it's worth the trouble. Olympic and multi-sport/multi-day event expert Rich Perelman talks them through the YOG and if it's a good thing for the Olympic movement. Rich is also the founder and editor of The Sports Examiner, a thrice-weekly publication...

Duration:00:55:21

Episode 52: The John Naber Swimming Experience

9/27/2018
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Happy Anniversary to us! That's right--one year ago this week, we launched our very first episode (you want to go back and listen, right?.....Maybe not. We didn't really get into a groove until episode 3 or 4)! It's been a year of amazing adventures and fascinating Olympic stories, and this week's guest is no exception. We continue what seems to be a Montreal theme this year and sit down with swimming legend John Naber. John was the golden boy of the 1976 Montreal Olympics, winning four...

Duration:01:04:29

Episode 51: How Olympic Wrestling Works with Jason Bryant

9/20/2018
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On this week's show, the dulcet tones of Wrestling Hall of Fame writer, broadcaster and announcer Jason Bryant joins the show to explain the ins and outs of one of the oldest Olympic sports: Wrestling. Plus, Alison hatches a 10-year plan to compete at LA2028, and we're wowed at our Team Olympic Fever members' accomplishments for this week's slice of TOFU. You can find Jason online at Mat Talk Online -- and if you like wrestling (don't you?--or don't you now after listening to this...

Duration:00:50:07

Episode 50: Being Sam the Olympic Eagle

9/13/2018
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Jill is back from the World Olympic Collectors' Fair, and she's got some great stories of touring the LA Coliseum and the LA84 Foundation. She also got to catch up with our Olympin friends, make some new friends and hear some great Olympic stories, like this week's interview with Joan and Sid Marantz. Joan and Sid have been Olympic fans and collectors for decades, and when the Olympics were in Los Angeles in 1984, they both volunteered with the movement. Joan worked in Youth Services...

Duration:00:53:05

Episode 49: How to Build an Olympic Village with Yvan Dubois

9/7/2018
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It takes a village to house an Olympian, but what does it take to create that village? Yvan Dubois, Director General of the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games and Mayor of the Montreal Olympic Village tells us how it's done. He was one of the first to create the environment that makes the Olympic Village special and contributes so much to the magical experience of the Games. Plus, kudos to Team Olympic Fever Sarah Gascon and the US Women's Handball team for winning their series against Canada for...

Duration:00:47:46

Episode 48: Sarah Gascon on Why We Should Play Handball

8/30/2018
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You asked, we're delivering! In today's Listener Request episode, we scratch the surface on the world of handball. Jill and Alison talk with USA Team Handball captain--and new Team Olympic Fever member--Sarah Gascon about the sport and what is wrong with America because it doesn't have much visibility in our country (no, seriously--have you seen how exciting this sport is??). Once you've listened to Sarah, you can watch the basics explained by USA Team Handball. You can also watch Team USA...

Duration:02:16:14

Episode 47: Rowing with Olympic Gold Medalist Tessa Gobbo

8/23/2018
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We're on a boat! This week Jill and Alison get a rowing lesson from Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist Tessa Gobbo, who won in the women's 8 competition. Learn when Tessa found out she was Olympic caliber, what training for the Games was like, how the water in Rio actually was and perhaps pick up some rowing tips. Tessa was honored in New Hampshire with a day in her honor. Tessa Gobbo Day is on September 9. Listen to learn how to celebrate it!

Duration:01:03:58

Episode 46: Judo with Jimmy Pedro

8/16/2018
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You ever have one of those conversations where you just don't want it to end? That's this week's interview with U.S. judo legend Jimmy Pedro. Jill and Contributor Ben Jackson chat with Jimmy about the sport, how it struggles to find its place within American sports/martial arts participation and its relationship with MMA. Plus we learn why 2x Olympic Gold medalist Kayla Harrison decided to start fighting MMA. Plus, the U.S. National Gymnastics Champs is in Boston! Are you around and going...

Duration:01:08:31

Episode 45: Samantha Achterberg on Why Modern Pentathlon Is 5x More Fun

8/9/2018
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Modern Pentathlon is the Olympics' own sport, developed by the founder of the modern Olympics himself, Pierre de Coubertin. Contributor Ben Jackson interviews 5-time U.S. Senior National Champion Modern Penthathlete Samantha Achterberg on how the sport works and why it's a must-see at the Olympics. Plus, Jill and Alison create their own versions of a modern pentathlon that may or may not be as good as the real thing. Follow Samantha!! She's on: Facebook Insta Twitter Website If you...

Duration:00:45:23