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U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials Fantasy Draft!
Host Alex Cyr is joined by Eugene, Oregon correspondent Caela Fenton, and together they will each draft their fantasy team for this weekend's U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.
DISCLAIMER: This podcast was recorded before Shelby Houlihan tested positive for a banned substance and was handed a four year ban. We also recorded before Evan Jager pulled out of US Trials due to injury.
How to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, with Ben Flanagan
On this week's episode, I chat with Kitchener, Ontario's Ben Flanagan, who lives and trains in Virginia as part of the Reebok Boston track club. The 26-year-old Flanagan has forced his way into the consciousness of Athletics Canada's Olympic team selection committee by posting solid results across in the 5,000m and 10,000m this year. Most recently, Flanagan set a new 5,000m PB of 13:20 at Tracksmith's Platinum PT qualifier in Boston last week, winning the race in the process.
Ben and I talked about how he hopes to punch his ticket to Tokyo, high mileage vs low mileage, Ben's fascination with Utah, what it felt like to beat Ben True, and more.
Cam Levins on qualifying for Tokyo
Today's guest on The XC Podcast is Canadian marathon record holder and Hoka One One athlete Cameron Levins. Last week, some would have called the best Canadian athlete without Olympic standard. Then, on Sunday, with just a week remaining in the Olympic marathon qualification period, that changed. Between raindrops and nine time zones away from his residence in Portland Oregon, Levins won the S7 marathon in Loipersdorf, Austria in a time of 2:10:14 - comfortably under Olympic standard of 2:11:30.
In this episode the 32-year-old takes Alex Cyr through his latest race in great detail, he shares the wise advice American track star Jenny Simpson gave him back in 2012, and at one point he admits to having a soft spot for Korean dramas.
Canada's Olympic Marathon Squad Seems Set
Welcome to "The Rings," a weekly update on all things about the upcoming Olympics, brought to you by The XC.
This week, we talk all about Canada's Olympic marathon squad — who we think will be selected, including Cameron Levins, who qualified in dramatic, last-minute fashion over the weekend in Austria, of all places.
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Host: Alex Cyr
Introducing The Rings, a weekly Olympic update (67 Days Until the Opening Ceremony)
Welcome to the kick-off episode of The Rings, a weekly podcast and newsletter updating you on all things related to the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, including who's qualified, who hasn't, and other storylines as they break. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, as The Rings will go out each Monday straight to your inbox, along with a link to this podcast.
On this week's pod, just days after winning the 5,000m at USATF’s Golden Games in Walnut, California in a personal best of 15:02, Julie-Anne Staehli chats with Alex Cyr about what went through her mind as she smashed Olympic standard of 15:10. The 27-year-old runner from Lucknow, ON also shares her thoughts about how she developed from a strong varsity runner into an Olympic-level athlete.
Host: Alex Cyr
Guest: Julie-Anne Staehli
Mission Marathon Instant Reaction Pod!
The Kipper is back! Alex Cyr and Michael Doyle react to Eliud Kipchoge's triumphant (if perhaps highly choreographed) return to marathon dominance. They look at all the action from the NN Mission Marathon event in The Netherlands, including the surprisingly fun storylines that unfolded behind Kipchoge's comfortable 2:04 win, and the implications the event will have on the Olympic picture.