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The 2024 Paris Olympics will be iconic. Beautiful location. Pumped up athletes. And NO pandemic restrictions! ”Dying to Ask: The Road to Paris” tells the backstories of athletes, coaches and people behind the scenes who get Team USA to the top of the podium. Join 11-time Olympic reporter Deirdre Fitzpatrick and the Hearst Olympic Team to get inspired and maybe add a little Olympic edge to your life.

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The 2024 Paris Olympics will be iconic. Beautiful location. Pumped up athletes. And NO pandemic restrictions! ”Dying to Ask: The Road to Paris” tells the backstories of athletes, coaches and people behind the scenes who get Team USA to the top of the podium. Join 11-time Olympic reporter Deirdre Fitzpatrick and the Hearst Olympic Team to get inspired and maybe add a little Olympic edge to your life.

    Beach Volleyball Duo Theo Brunner, Trevor Crabb on How To Get Along With Anyone

    Beach Volleyball Duo Theo Brunner, Trevor Crabb on How To Get Along With Anyone

    A trip to Paris would be the ultimate revenge after getting dumped for Theo Brunner and Trevor Crabb.
    Both are veteran beach volleyball players and both got dumped last year by their prior partners.
    The timing couldn't have been worse.
    Crabb says it often takes three to four years of playing with a partner to create the kind of chemistry it takes to qualify for the Olympics.
    "We're one of the older teams on tour. I'm 34 he's 38 . We've been through the partner changes and stuff before," says Crabb.
    That experience let them get to work while getting to know each other.
    "As an elder statesman in the sport, I've seen good teams win tournaments who hate each other's guts and don't talk and teams that love each other that can't get it done. All that matters is scoring points," says Brunner.
    The Paris Olympics will feature 24 teams, of each gender, playing under the Eifel Tower.
    Team USA has already qualified two women's teams. Countries can qualify a maximum of two pairings per gender and so far no U.S. men's teams have met the qualification. The main qualification period ends on June 10.
    On this Dying to Ask:
    Why Trevor wasn't an obvious partner choice for Theo
    How far down the list of potential partners Trevor was for Theo
    The advantage of being an older, experienced player in a new partners
    Advice on how to get along with anyone

    • 21 min
    Zen And The Art Of Rowing With Michelle Sechser

    Zen And The Art Of Rowing With Michelle Sechser

    The girls in the boat are heading to Paris and Folsom's Michelle Sechser has Lake Natoma to thank.
    Sechser is a two-time Olympic rower in lightweight double sculls. She fell in love with the sport at age 14 after following her older sister to Capital Crew.
    That rowing club is based at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma and has produced multiple Olympic champions.
    "When I started at Capital Crew, never in a million years that I think I will be a two-time Olympian," Sechser said. 
    She started seriously pursuing the National Rowing Team after grad school and came in 5th at the Tokyo Olympics.
    Lightweight sculls feature athletes much smaller than those found on the eight-person boats. That leads to races being won (or lost) in the blink of an eye.
    At 37, Sechser is older than a lot of rowers. She'd already planned on Paris being her last Olympics. Then the International Olympic Committee announced her event would be dropped from the Olympic lineup after 2024.
    Sechser predicts an epic final saying, "I know every girl on that starting line will be having the exact same thought, which is I've got nothing to lose, cause this is it. It's all or nothing."
    On this Dying to Ask:
    The Zen of rowing
    How rowing with a partner is like being in a marriage
    How to build physical and mental endurance and push through boredom 

    • 29 min
    Shooter Sagen Maddalena Takes Aim At Gold

    Shooter Sagen Maddalena Takes Aim At Gold

    Sagen Maddalena has a literal shot at gold this summer at the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.
    Maddalena is a two-time Olympic shooter and will compete in two air rifle events at the summer games.
    She grew up in Groveland, California. She was homeschooled in the small mountain town and was introduced to her sport through a 4-H gun safety class.
    She got hooked and went on to become an eight-time All-American collegiate shooter at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
    That led to a career as a sharpshooter in the U.S. Army and these days, Sgt. Sagen Maddalena is a member of the elite World Class Athlete Program, which allows members to train and compete in sports on an international level while representing their country.
    You might think shooting is a sport of perfectionists. Maddalena says perfectionism actually works against her as an athlete.
    "I think that's one of the things that makes me so good at it is is that I've put in a lot of hours of work and discipline. I've been stubborn to make sure I follow that discipline and that work ethic to be as I can be without being perfect. Having that mentality that would be overwhelming," Maddalena says.
    On this 'Dying to Ask':
    Few people guess Maddalena's sport correctly. The sport they think she does.
    How to achieve mental clarity and avoid the pitfalls of perfectionism.
    How Maddalena is inspiring kids in small towns to dream big.

    • 27 min
    'All in Stride' With Olympic Author Johanna Garton

    'All in Stride' With Olympic Author Johanna Garton

    The American dream and the Olympic dream collide in Johanna Garton's new book, "All in Stride."
    All in Stride: A Journey in Running, Courage and the Search for the American Dream is about Olympian Shadrack Kipchirchir and his wife, Sgt. Elvin Kibet, two American professional runners.
    Both competed in February's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Shadrack competed for Team USA in the 10,000m at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.
    Johanna Garton is a longtime Colorado-based endurance sports writer who met the married couple in Denver.
    All in Stride tells the story of how the runners independently made their way from Kenyan villages to American colleges, the military and professional running.
    Their American dream turns into an Olympic dream as each pushes to represent their new country. Their adjustment to American culture isn't easy and includes brushes with bigotry and intolerance.
    "I heard about this program that was part of the U.S. Army based in Colorado Springs. It was soldiers in the U.S. Army who also were training to become world class athletes. I went down and spent time at one of their workouts, and I happened to meet Shadrack, who's kind of the main character in this book," says Johanna.
    Johanna Garton started her career as an immigration lawyer. But her love of distance running won out career-wise. She transitioned to sports writing and writes mainly about endurance sports. Johanna ran for Syracuse University as a walk-on. She's run more than 20 marathons including five Boston Marathons . And, she even made it to Everest Base Camp in 2022.
    On this Dying to Ask:
    What it's like when the American dream and the Olympic dream collide
    The role the US Army plays in helping athletes get to the Olympics
    The special role Team USA's immigrant athletes play in the Olympic experience
     

    • 17 min
    Kali Wilding Finds Olympic Inspiration At Home

    Kali Wilding Finds Olympic Inspiration At Home

    Kali Wilding and Shelley Oates-Wilding are on the ultimate Olympic mother-daughter road trip that hopefully ends in Paris.
    Kali is one of Team USA's top sprint kayakers. Shelley is a two-time Olympian for Team Australia and the current U.S. National Coach in canoe-kayak.
    Kali grew up in Hawaii surrounded by water and her mother's Olympic legacy. But Shelley says she was careful to not push her sport on her kids. Kali started out as a gymnast but couldn't resist the water.
    She recently won the K-2 sprint kayak event at the U.S. Olympic Canoe Kayak Team Trials at the CSUS Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma, California. The next and final step in becoming an Olympian is competing in the Continental Olympic qualifier in Sarasota, Florida, in April.
    An Olympian being coached by a parent who is also an Olympian is rare. And, Kali and Shelley hope to make that dream happen this summer at the Paris Games.
    "We get to travel so much together. It's crazy fun having a mother as a coach, best friend, travel buddy. It's a dream come true," says Kali Wilding.
    Shelley Oates-Wilding says, "Representing your country at the Olympics is one of those things. You're being the best you can be in your chosen profession. It's the journey going toward what your Olympics is."
    On this Dying to Ask:
    The growing sport of sprint kayaking
    What it's like growing up with an Olympian for a parent
    What Shelley did to not force her sport on her kids
    What it takes to pursue an Olympic dream while going to a school like USC

    • 22 min
    FIVE WITH FITZ: Riley Loos

    FIVE WITH FITZ: Riley Loos

    Get to know Olympic hopeful gymnast Riley Loos as he tumbles with Fitz through a round of FIVE WITH FITZ.
    Five rapid fire questions with a bonus question.

    • 6 min

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