Flame Bearers: Keeping the Fire Burning

Flame Bearers: Keeping the Fire Burning spotlights women Olympians and Paralympians who sought to compete in the Tokyo Summer or Beijing Winter Olympi…
Nov 30th, 2022 | 30:49

Athlete Follow Up: Deja Young-Craddock (USA): Turning Postpartum into Power

Every 4th episode this season, we’ll circle back with an athlete we’ve previously worked with to update you on her life and what we previously discuss…
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Nov 23rd, 2022 | 02:09

Thanksgiving Break & Athlete Follow Up with Deja Young

We want to honor Deja’s story to the best of our abilities, so because this week is Thanksgiving in the United States, we will publish her episode nex…
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Nov 9th, 2022 | 25:20

Alexa Moreno (MEX): Vaulting Over the Critics

Alexa is a 2x Olympian (Tokyo and Rio) and the first Mexican woman to win a World Championship Medal. She's one of the 100 most powerful women in Me…
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Oct 26th, 2022 | 27:27

Diede de Groot (NED): Conquering the Courts & Finding Her Voice

Diede de Groot has won 31 majors, is the current world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, and achieved a Golden Grand Slam: winning all four major tou…
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Oct 13th, 2022 | 33:58

Sue Bird (USA): Bigger Than Basketball

Sue is one of the most iconic athletes in the world: she's been a professional athlete for 20 years, won 5 gold Olympic medals (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016…
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Oct 5th, 2022 | 01:11

Season 3 Trailer: Keeping the Fire Burning

Flame Bearers: Keeping the Fire Burning spotlights women Olympians and Paralympians who sought to compete in the Tokyo Summer or Beijing Winter Olympi…
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Apr 6th, 2022 | 27:56

Simidele Adeagbo (Nigeria): The Original Sleigh Queen

Simidele (Simi) was the first African and black woman to compete in Skeleton at the Olympics, and more recently, the first African to take home gold a…
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Mar 23rd, 2022 | 23:22

Ukrainian Athletes: What the World Needs to Hear

In light of Russian war on Ukraine, this special edition episode is different than our normal episodes. In an effort to elevate Ukranian voices and th…
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Mar 9th, 2022 | 15:31

Mihaela Hogas (Romania): Breaking Barriers Through Speed Skating

When Mihaela was 9, she went to a park and saw some kids inline skating. She didn't realize it was actually for the winter sport of speed skating, but…
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Mar 2nd, 2022 | 19:34

Kendall Gretsch (USA): 2 Games in 2 Sports Within 6 Months

3x Paralympic Gold Medalist, Kendall Gretsch is one of the only athletes who competed in Tokyo this past summer who is also competing in Beijing. Less…
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Feb 16th, 2022 | 20:37

Dr. Natalia Siuba-Jarosz (Poland): Being a Doctor & Elite Parasnowboarder

Dr. Natalia Siuba-Jarosz is an elite Polish Parasnowboarder and Doctor in Radiology. She has gone by Simba ever since her last name was misspelled in…
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Feb 9th, 2022 | 18:51

Valentina Margaglio (Italy): the Skeleton Lioness

Valentina or 'The Lioness' grew up in Italy as a 'very competitive child' with her three sisters and one brother. She describes her heritage as "the p…
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Feb 2nd, 2022 | 16:50

Aline Rocha (Brazil): Sport as Freedom & Women in Para Sports

When Aline was 15 years old, she was in a car accident that paralyzed her from the waist down. That said, she says "sport changed my life, not the acc…
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Jan 26th, 2022 | 21:07

Mialitiania Clerc (Madagascar): Being the First Malagasy & Alpine Skiing

Mialitiana (Mia) is the first woman Winter Olympian from Madagascar and her goal is to "inspire all Africans." While she grew up in France with her ad…
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Jan 19th, 2022 | 18:55

Mariama Jamanka (Germany): the Underdog Gold Medal Bobsled Queen

Reigning Olympic gold medalist, Mariama Jamanka never thought the words 'Olympic Champion' would apply to her, as a relative newcomer to bobsledding a…
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Jan 12th, 2022 | 23:55

Bradie Tennell (USA): Figure Skating & Making the Tough Calls

US Olympic bronze medalist and 2X National Champion figure skater, Bradie Tennell has already made a career out of breaking records…and unfortunately…
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Jan 5th, 2022 | 26:34

Акжана Абдикаримова (ROC): The Invisibility of Disability & Biathlon

To kick off Season 2, we speak with 2x Russian Paralympian (soon to be 3x), biathlete and wheelchair racer, Akzhana Abdikarmova. She shares what it m…
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Nov 19th, 2021 | 33:38

Caster Semenya (South Africa): Who Decides Who's Female and Why?

It’s been a while since the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, but we wanted to amplify and celebrate a voice the world missed in Japan. 2x Olympic gold…
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Sep 1st, 2021 | 11:34

Kamila Dosmalova (Kazakhstan): Being the Only Woman on the National Team

Kamila started taekwondo when she was 9 years old and was the only girl on the team; years later, she's still the only woman, this time on Kazakhstan'…
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Aug 18th, 2021 | 27:09

Jessica Long (USA): Perfection, Faith & Paraswimming

Jessica Long is one of the most successful athletes in Paralympic Games' history, holding 23 medals with 13 of them being gold. As she heads into her…
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Aug 4th, 2021 | 17:32

Ni Nengah Widiasih (Indonesia): Para Powerlifting & Her Support System

At the age of four, Ni Negah Widiasih lost use of her legs at age four due to polio. In Rio she made history, becoming Indonesia's first Paralympic po…
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Jul 21st, 2021 | 26:26

Jacqueline Simoneau (Canada): Artistic Swimming, Family & Friends

In this episode, we speak with 4X Pan American Games' gold medallist and soon to be 2X Canadian Olympic Jacqueline Simoneau. At home, she's Jacquelin…
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Jul 7th, 2021 | 25:25

Danusia Francis (Jamaica): Gymnastics & Positive Manifestation

At age five, Danusia watched Elena Zamolodchikova of Russia compete on TV, and decided then and there that she wanted to be an Olympic gymnast. 22 yea…
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Jun 23rd, 2021 | 28:13

Deja Young (USA): Mental Health & Choosing Life

Being a "non traditional athlete" with brachial plexus has never held Deja back. Even though her condition was caused by medical malpractice during he…
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Jun 9th, 2021 | 22:32

Ray Bassil (Lebanon): Finding Your Courage to Lead

To date, Ray is the only Lebanese athlete who has qualified for Tokyo, but Ray is used to blazing her own trails: she was the first Arab female Olympi…
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May 26th, 2021 | 28:09

Sarah Davies (Great Britain): The Barbell Queen Defying Convention

Sarah Davies is Great Britain's best ever female weightlifter on a pound for pound basis, lifting between 100-125kg (or 220-275 lbs) depending on the…
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May 12th, 2021 | 24:04

Carlotta Nwajide (Germany): Rowing & Activism

Carlotta is not only a Vice World and European Champion, but also an outspoken activist who leads by thoughtful example. She believes that inaction is…
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Apr 28th, 2021 | 21:35

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

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…
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Apr 21st, 2021 | 19:02

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

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 mu…
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Apr 14th, 2021 | 15:57

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

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 2…
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Apr 7th, 2021 | 22:43

Bonus Content: Athlete Panel Discussion

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 conte…
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Mar 24th, 2021 | 26:09

Sophia Herzog (USA): Dwarfism & Inspiring Social Change

2016 Paralympic silver medalist, 2x World Champion, and 5x World medalist, Sophia Herzog is passionate about breaking stereotypes. She grew up in a sm…
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Mar 10th, 2021 | 26:28

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

When Haydy won the 2019 Pentathlon African Championship, she became the first athlete worldwide to qualify for Tokyo. She now hopes to become the firs…
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Feb 17th, 2021 | 30:55

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

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.…
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Feb 3rd, 2021 | 27:50

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

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 Ta…
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Jan 13th, 2021 | 32:38

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

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…
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Dec 30th, 2020 | 17:57

Zahra Nemati (Iran): Archery & Hope

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, s…
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Dec 2nd, 2020 | 20:39

Kym Crosby (USA): Sprinting, Marriage & Albinism

Paralympic 100M bronze medalist and World Championship silver medalist, Kym Crosby has 'limited sight, limitless dreams.' Kym is legally blind, but sh…
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Nov 12th, 2020 | 27:31

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

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…
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Oct 21st, 2020 | 30:49

Katarina Roxon (Canada): Swimming & Body Positivity

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…
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Sep 23rd, 2020 | 25:06

Ezinne Kalu-Phelps (Nigeria): Basketball & Entrepreneurship

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 c…
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Sep 9th, 2020 | 25:04

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

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 fo…
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Aug 26th, 2020 | 20:26

Lea Davison (USA): Mountain Biking & Queer Visibility

Lea Davison is a 2X Olympic Mountain Biker and 2016 World Championship silver medalist looking to qualify for her 3rd Olympics. Lea is unabashedly her…
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Aug 24th, 2020 | 23:18

Manasi Joshi (India): Badminton & Disability Policy

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 M…
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Aug 17th, 2020 | 23:18

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

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…
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Aug 8th, 2020 | 03:56

Trailer: Unlit. Tokyo's Torch

Flame Bearers actively celebrates the current generation of women Olympians and Paralympians seeking to go to Tokyo. We have real conversations about…
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Aug 8th, 2020 | 34:01

Becky Sauerbrunn (USA): Soccer & Equal Pay

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 pl…
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