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Flame Bearers - The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo's Torch

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Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo's Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts. We share their rarely heard stories and are a microphone for women who are true masters of resiliency. Through storytelling, we use sport as a vehicle for issues such as racial justice, disability bias and pay equity. This podcast is made possible by the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program.

Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo's Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts. We share their rarely heard stories and are a microphone for women who are true masters of resiliency. Through storytelling, we use sport as a vehicle for issues such as racial justice, disability bias and pay equity. This podcast is made possible by the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program.

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United States

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Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo's Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts. We share their rarely heard stories and are a microphone for women who are true masters of resiliency. Through storytelling, we use sport as a vehicle for issues such as racial justice, disability bias and pay equity. This podcast is made possible by the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program.

Language:

English


Episodes

Eliza Stone (USA): the Stone Sabre Squad & Redefining Success

4/28/2021
Eliza showed up to her first fencing class in a dress and little patent leather shoes because she wanted to make a good first impression. In tow, came siblings Robert Junior and Gracie. Flash forward to today, she's currently ranked as the #6 fencer in the world. In this episode, US sabre fencer, Eliza Stone, discusses how a small pizza shop changed the trajectory of her family’s life, and how her siblings fueled her to become one of the world's best fencers. Eliza also discusses why it’s so...

Duration:00:21:35

(En Español) Tamara Leonelli (Chile): La Espina Bifida y Sus Sueños Para El Futuro

4/21/2021
Tamara (Tami) basó los 18 años, más de lo previsto. Ahora tiene 23 años y se está convirtiendo en una de las mejores jugadoras de tenis de mesa del mundo. Ella nació con la espina bifida. Tami fue la primera jugadora de tenis de mesa Chilena en ganar oro en los Juegos Parapanamericanos, y es la primera jugadora de tenis de mesa chilena en clasificar para los Juegos Paralímpicos de Tokio. En este episodio, Tamara habla sobre su experiencia de tener la espina bífida y sus sueños para el...

Duration:00:19:02

Tamara Leonelli (Chile): Spina Bifida & True Inclusion Through Olympic & Paralympic Melding

4/14/2021
Tamara (Tami) was introduced to table tennis in a rehabilitation center: Tami was born with spina bifida and had a life expectancy of 18. She is now 23 years old, the first Chilean table tennis player to win gold at the Parapan American Games, and on her way to Tokyo. Tamara's ability to reach and connect with a wide range of people is almost as impressive as her constantly changing colored hair (most recently red, and purple before), and she's leveraged those skills to become an outspoken...

Duration:00:15:57

Bonus Content: Athlete Panel Discussion

4/7/2021
You've already met some of our incredible athletes, but we wanted to provide you with an even more unfiltered snapshot of who they are. As bonus content, we sat down with an intimate group to discuss their resiliency during the Games' postponement and their wishes moving forward. Brought to you in partnership with the student-led Harvard Kennedy School’s Women in Power Conference, this discussion is kicked off by Flame Bearers producer, Sara Asad, and moderated by world-renowned sports...

Duration:00:44:30

Sophia Herzog (USA): Dwarfism & Inspiring Social Change

3/24/2021
2016 Paralympic silver medalist, 2x World Champion, and 5x World medalist, Sophia Herzog is passionate about breaking stereotypes. She grew up in a small town of 450 people and was the first person with a disability to go to through her town's high school, so she's used to being the first. In this episode, Sophia opens up about her experience underwater and under most people’s eyeline as well as using her platform as a professional athlete to inspire social change. This episode was made...

Duration:00:26:09

Haydy Morsy (Egypt): Modern Pentathlon & the Next Generation of Egyptian Athletes

3/10/2021
When Haydy won the 2019 Pentathlon African Championship, she became the first athlete worldwide to qualify for Tokyo. She now hopes to become the first Egyptian woman to compete in two different Olympic sports: she will be competing in modern pentathlon, and she's additionally hoping to qualify in fencing. In this episode, Haydy Morsy discusses trailblazing as a young woman athlete and aspiring sports journalist. We’ll begin by exploring how Haydy got into Modern pentathlon, learn about how...

Duration:00:26:28

Naya Tapper (USA): Redefining Beauty & Supporting Black Lives Matter

2/17/2021
Naya Tapper is a leading try scorer for Team USA's Rugby Team. She wanted to be the "first girl in the NFL" but when she found rugby, she was hooked. In this episode, Naya Tapper of the USA Women’s Rugby Team discusses finding rugby, self love and speaking out about racial justice. We’ll start by learning how Naya got into rugby, hear how it’s shaped her personal understanding of beauty, and end with why she believes athletes like herself have an opportunity and responsibility to advocate...

Duration:00:30:55

Madeleine McAffe & Tanya Beths (Australia): Managing Careers, Health & Beach Handball

2/3/2021
Madeleine (Maca) and Tanya are close friends who play for the Australian beach handball team. They both juggle full time jobs: Maca is a lawyer and Tanya a teacher. Tanya also has ulcerative colitis. In this episode, Maca and Tanya discuss the pressures of managing professional careers and health on top of being elite athletes. Experts interviewed include Debbie Beths (Tanya's mother), Dr. Steven D. Pearson (President, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review), Dr. Leonora Risse (Applied...

Duration:00:27:50

Kimberly Alkemade (Netherlands): Loss, Adventure & Blade Running

1/13/2021
Kimberly didn’t start running until she was 27 -- she's now 30. In her 2019 debut race, the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, she came away with a silver and bronze medal in the 200m and 100m. She's seeking to compete on the Danish Para Track and Field Team in Tokyo. When Kimberly was eight-years old she was in a bus crash that changed her life and how she approaches everything she does. This episode explores the world of running prosthetics, Kimberly's love of adventure, and her...

Duration:00:32:38

Zahra Nemati (Iran): Archery & Hope

12/30/2020
Zahra Nemati is arguably Iran's most popular female athlete. While she grew up competing in taekwondo, after a car accident left her legs paralyzed, she decided to pick up a bow and arrow at the age of 21. Zahra’s physical disability allows her to qualify for the Paralympics, but she also was also the first to beat out many able-bodied athletes to additionally qualify for the Iranian Olympic team. In this episode, Zahra shares what it’s like to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics,...

Duration:00:17:57

Kym Crosby (USA): Sprinting, Marriage & Albinism

12/2/2020
Paralympic 100M bronze medalist and World Championship silver medalist, Kym Crosby has 'limited sight, limitless dreams.' Kym is legally blind, but she hasn't let that stand in the way of anything she sets her mind to, including becoming one of the world's fastest women. As half-Jamaican, she identifies as bi-racial, but the world has rarely viewed her that way because she has albinism. In this episode we explore Kym's experience as a black woman with limited sight and albinism, and her...

Duration:00:20:38

Ida Jacobsen (Denmark): Rowing & Adjusting to the Pandemic

11/11/2020
While most know Danish Olympic Rower, Ida Jacobsen for her prowess on the water, she's also a political science junkie and cheese expert (much to the chagrin of her boyfriend, Samir). Ida decided she was going to compete in the Olympics shortly after her first time rowing 12 years ago. Therefore, the current postponement of the Tokyo Games really made Ida question her identity and sources of motivation. This episode explores how Ida has dealt with the postponement of the Olympic Games, and...

Duration:00:27:31

Katarina Roxon (Canada): Swimming & Body Positivity

10/21/2020
Katarina grew up on the island of Newfoundland, so at an early age, her parents, Leonard and Lisa thought that it was important she learn to swim. 20 years later, Roxon brought home her first medal, a gold in the 100-m breaststroke in Canadian record time during the 2016 Paralympics. This episode dives into Katarina's family dynamic including her relationship with her father (who is also her coach), her decision to compete for Team Canada instead of Team India, and her commitment to living a...

Duration:00:30:48

Ezinne Kalu-Phelps (Nigeria): Basketball & Entrepreneurship

9/23/2020
2019 Women's Afrobasket MVP, Ezinne Kalu plays for the reigning African champions, Nigeria's D'Tigress. While most know Ezinne for her talent on the court, she's also jumped headfirst into the world of entrepreneurship; she's launched her own cosmetics company, Kalu Kosmetics, and an organization empowering young girls who want to play basketball, the Kalu Team Heat. This episode explores Ezinne's entrepreneurial drive and commitment to uplift the Black community, as well as the connection...

Nicky Nieves (USA): Sitting Volleyball & Black Lives Matter

9/9/2020
Nicky is a middle blocker on the USA's Sitting Volleyball team, and a Rio Paralympic gold medalist. She is an Afro Latina and an outspoken advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement, spearheading conversations about race on her team and via social media. This episode explores Nicky's experience playing volleyball without a hand, but focuses on her conscious decision to advocate for racial justice, providing listeners with suggestions for how they can help. Experts interviewed include...

Duration:00:25:04

Lea Davison (USA): Mountain Biking & Queer Visibility

8/26/2020
Lea Davison is a 2X Olympic Mountain Biker and 2016 World Championship silver medalist looking to qualify for her 3rd Olympics. Lea is unabashedly herself in all ways, including being open about her sexuality: Lea is gay. This episode takes a dive into some of Lea's professional cycling highlights, her co-founding of Little Bellas with sister, Sabra (a mountain biking/mentorship nonprofit for girls), and her decision to be open about her sexuality, which is something her sponsor Garneau,...

Duration:00:20:26

Manasi Joshi (India): Badminton & Disability Policy

8/24/2020
Manasi Joshi is India's current Para-badminton World Champion and BBC India's Sportswoman of the year. One day on her way to work, a truck ran into Manasi; hours dragged on before she received treatment, and her leg eventually needed to be amputated. In this episode, Manasi talks about losing her leg, how badminton was a crucial part of her rehabilitation process and her passion for disability rights. Her sister, Nupur shares her take on her sister. Experts interviewed include Sharon...

Duration:00:23:20

Sanda Aldass (IOC Refugee Team): Judo & the Refugee Experience

8/17/2020
Sanda is a Syrian refugee, living in the Netherlands with her husband (who is also her coach) and their three children. She’s a current International Olympic Committee (IOC) Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holder, the elite group amongst which the 2021 Refugee Team will be selected. This episode spotlights what it means to be refugee, how Sanda copes with her situation, and what going to the Games (hopefully!) will mean to her. Experts interviewed include Renée Wolforth, Jackdar Mohammad, and...

Duration:00:23:17

Trailer: Unlit. Tokyo's Torch

8/8/2020
Flame Bearers actively celebrates the current generation of women Olympians and Paralympians seeking to go to Tokyo. We have real conversations about what it means to be amongst the best female athletes in the world, and discuss the untold stories not caught on camera including the difficult daily tradeoffs and tensions many feel about their aging bodies, careers, and interests in having children to name a few but also the unheard positive stories about deeper connections and solidarity....

Duration:00:03:56

Becky Sauerbrunn (USA): Soccer & Equal Pay

8/8/2020
Becky is on the US Women's National Soccer Team and has been the rock of the back line for the last 8 years. She's an Olympic gold medalist and has played in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, won the 2015 and 2019 World Cup championships, and recently became the US Women's National Team Players Association President. Alongside teammates Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and former teammate, Hope Solo, she brought forth a pay discrimination lawsuit against US Soccer. In this episode,...

Duration:00:32:42