It's one of the greatest stories ever told. Kathrine Switzer was chased after in the 1967 Boston Marathon and since gone on to raise awareness, millions of dollars and has put women in sports on the map around the world.
Mike Reilly returns to the BC Lions for 2019 a recent Grey Cup champion and elite marquee name. His story is an epic one and his leadership on and off the field is evident through his strong words and attention to detail.
Andrew Ebbett played for a dozen teams in the AHL and NHL, including stints with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Sidney Crosby and Shane Doan. He's since found himself enjoying a lengthy run overseas and recently returned from his first Winter Olympics appearance with Team Canada in 2018.
Michael Landsberg was one of TSN's original anchors and has since hosted 5,000 episodes of Sportsdesk (now known as Sportscentre), along with Off the Record and is now one of the biggest advocates for mental health in the country.
Theoren Fleury is a Stanley Cup winner, World Junior and Olympic gold medallist, all-star and Alberta Hall of Fame inductee. His road to the top was one that he has worked up the courage to speak about and help other avoid.
As a child and young teenager he was molested by a hockey scout with the Winnipeg Warriors. He chatted with us about his incredible story and how he's used his Rise to help better the lives of those around him.
On this episode Jay DeMerit interviews Ryan "Sully" Sullivan about The Rise of the Green Men - Vancouver sports' most recognized fans. The two finesse-filled fans ended up endorsing major brands, releasing a book, were inducted into the ESPN Hall of Fame and also helped raise over $100,000 for various local and national charities.
This is the story of Scott Mathieson, the guy who grew up in Vancouver, BC and went on to play one of the most storied careers of any pitcher ever (and it's still going).
Scott ran into some injury trouble with the Philadelphia Phillies and decided to go overseas to the most underrated baseball hot bed on earth.
He was named captain of Watford FC in the Premier League last episode. He now heads to his first World Cup in South Africa representing Team USA before being named the first captain in Vancouver Whitecaps MLS history.
The American-born defender that risked it all to one day play Premier League soccer shares his entire Rise to fame story. In this first part of this two-part series we learn about Jay's journey from a childhood in Wisconsin to battling Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo on the world's biggest stage.
The Rise of the epic Georgia Simmerling is on the air! Georgia has competed in two winter Olympics and one summer in three different disciplines. Her tenacity and attitude are truly infectious and are on full display in this episode.
Long time NHL veteran, WJHC silver medallist and former Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs centre Kyle Wellwood stopped by The Rise set to chat with hosts Ryan Sullivan and Jay DeMerit.
Kyle was in the Canadian hockey spot light for the better half of a decade and details his Rise from small town Ontario to the pros.
Three-time Olympian, world record holder and medallist Brent Hayden stopped by The Rise set to chat about his rise from a small town to the world's biggest stage.
Brent chatted with Ryan and Jay about his journey all the way to the Olympic podium and his new brand Astra Athletica. The video of this episode can be found on our YouTube channel here: https://bit.ly/2Pau1Q7
Kirk McLean is easily the most recognizable Vancouver Canucks goaltender of all-time and he chatted with Ryan and Jay about his improbable journey to the top of the NHL.
McLean's #1 is permanently cemented to the top of Rogers Arena in the team's Ring of Honour. He's one of the standout goalies of the 90's and spent time with the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers.
Ryan Sullivan and Jay DeMerit sat down with MLS legend Kei Kamara to hear how he want from the civil war torn Sierra Leone to the professional pitch. He dominated in MLS before getting the call to join Norwich City in England.
He is one of only ten players to ever score 100+ goals in the MLS, a Golden Boot finalist, an MLS Cup finalist and the reigning Humanitarian of the Year.
Full video of the interview here: https://bit.ly/2xSV08c
The hottest story in Vancouver sports right now is that of a guy running on the BC Place turf in his boxers. Yes, that's the hottest story. We chat with lawyer James Maledy of LawyersWest about his case against the BC Lions.
We then talk some hockey as the 2018 NHL Draft weekend wraps up for the Vancouver Canucks.
Ryan and Jay teamed up with former Bundesliga superstar Rob Friend to chat with Minister of Sport for the BC NDP Ravi Kahlon about why Vancouver missed the boat for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada.
The guys got some confirmation on some burning questions and tried to figure out what and where it all went wrong. They also chatted current World Cup matters through the opening matches of the 2018 spectacle in Russia.