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Switching Countries, Dissuading Daughters, and Keeping It Simple: An Italian Special with Fiona May
Two World titles, two Olympic silvers, and a personal best of 7.11m. Fiona May achieved an awful lot in a stellar long jump career, but - despite having been born in Slough and becoming a Junior World Champion whilst competing for Great Britain - her greatest moments were for the Azzurri, after she switched citizenships in 1994, and never looked back. Her daughter, Larissa, is European Junior Champion, and already closing in on her mother's records. With Italy winning five golds in Tokyo - including a jaw-dropping 4x100 title, and an internet-breaking sob fest of a win in the men's high jump - we could think of no one better to chat it all through with. From her decision to change allegiances, and her attempts to persuade her daughter to pick any event but the long jump, to what it means to represent Italy - such a passionate sporting nation - we cover it all, and hope you enjoy the listen as much as we relished the conversation. Fiona - it was a JOY. Grazie. Thanks so much for tuning in. Please let us know your thoughts, and give us a follow on socials: @Claire_GThomas and @BackstraightB on Twitter, and @backstraightboyspodcast on Instagram. We weren't able to use our amazing microphones for this one, but - because we love them, and are so grateful for their support - here's a shout out to our friends at Hal Leonard Europe, who provided our swanky Samson gear. Enjoy Pre Classic, guys xoxo
Incredible Performances, Gorgeous Storylines, and just being 'So Olympics': Our (1st) Tokyo 2020 Review
'What's the plan for this one, Claire?' 'I'll do a quick intro, and then how about we just talk about the Olympics for an hour?' And there you have it: a non-stop romp through just a sliver of a truly magical Games. From Karsten to Rojas, and back again via Tamber(in)i and some stellar British performances. We laughed, gasped, and cried our way through the games, had a blast doing World Athletics' Inside Track, and remain utterly in love with the Olympics. We're sure you are, too. So, tuck in and enjoy. We'll be back soon to reflect some more - we hardly scraped the surface here - but couldn't not get together to celebrate a fortnight of glorious, glorious, track and field. Thanks, as per, to Hal Leonard Europe for their support - we adore our Samson microphones and mixer - and to you for tuning in. Please remember to rate/review/subscribe on your podcast platform, and to get in touch with any thoughts on Twitter (@BackstraightB & @Claire_GThomas) or Instagram (@BackstraightBoysPodcast). We really do enjoy hearing from you.
Deprived of Sleep, Delighted for Daley, and just INCREDIBLY Excited: Roger Black joins us to preview the Olympics
Athletics in Tokyo is just hours away, and - if we thought we were excited before Roger Black joined us to discuss it all - we had another thought coming. The three-time Olympic medallist has left us like kids at Christmas: he really was the perfect guest for this one. Stacked middle distance fields, infinite and bonkers scheduling permutations, and those 400 metre hurdle races... Be still, our beating hearts. We honestly cannot wait, and promise to keep serving up track and field chatter throughout. Let us know what YOU'RE excited about, why don't you? @Claire_GThomas, @BackstraightB, and @RogerBlack400 Don't forget to check out our Instagram Lives - @BackstraightBoysPodcast - and to leave us a review, if you haven't done so already. A remote recording this week, so no Samson mics in use, and - wow - did we miss our swanky kit. We can't wait to be back using our Hal Leonard gear very, very soon. Lots of love. Let the Games begin xoxo
Jubilant Jodie, Kween Keely, and Plenty More from Manchester: Our British Champs Sunday Special
When British Athletics offer you accreditation for Olympic trials, you drop everything, and so Claire and Bayo headed up to Manchester for a blockbuster Sunday of runs, jumps, and throws. They caught up with Adam, with Beth, with all three women's 800-metre medalists, with the ever-wonderful Elliot Giles, the prodigious Oliver Dustin, the gravity-defying duo of Jaz and Morgan, a delighted Tiff Porter (off to her THIRD Games), an ecstatic Jess Judd, a not-yet-qualified Amy-Eloise Markovc, and Jodie 'two golds' Williams. It was a blast. Here's a bit of chatter, a glorious smorgasbord of some of Britain's finest, and then a bit more chatter. We hope you enjoy it. We'll be back in the studio with our wonderful Samson gear (thanks, Hal Leonard Europe!) as soon as Jody is better (get well soon, other Backstraight Boy xxx), ready to get - if possible - even more excited for the Olympics than we already are. What a time, eh? We. Can't. Wait. Social media info, should you want to get in touch: @BackstraightB and @Claire_GThomas on Twitter, and @BackstraightBoysPodcast on Instagram. Please give us a rating on your podcast provider, if you haven't done so already. Means an awful lot. Happy British Champs to you all xoxo
Finish First, Finish Second, or Finish Third: US Trials Preview with Christian Taylor
US trials start today, so we hopped on Instagram Live with the reigning Olympic Champion, the goat, and the birthday boy, Christian 'friend of the pod' Taylor: the future president of World Athletics (/the world). Here's - and, brace yourselves, it's entirely unedited - our preview of what should prove a humdinger of a championship. On paper, the US trials are simple: have the standard, finish top three, and go to Tokyo. In reality, they're high pressure, high quality, and high drama. We. Can't. Wait. Thanks so much for tuning in. Please let us know your thoughts, and give us a follow on socials: @Claire_GThomas and @BackstraightB on Twitter, and @backstraightboyspodcast on Instagram. We weren't able to use our amazing microphones for this one, but - because we love them, and are so grateful for their support - here's a shout out to our friends at Hal Leonard Europe, who provided our swanky Samson gear. Happy birthday Christian. Good luck to all those competing at the trials. Check the origins of your food truck burrito meat. Much love to you all xoxo
Sha'Carri, Jump Format Changes, and Euro Team Champs: A Marmitey Backstraight Chat
We're never short on opinions at Backstraight Towers, but this week includes some particularly impassioned discussions: why on Earth are World Athletics persevering with the ghastly 'top three' jump competition format? does the European Team Champs have any relevance or merit as a meet these days? and what have we all made of sprinting sensation, Sha'Carri Richardson? We look back at Gateshead (wet and windy) and Doha (exactly the opposite), Silesia and Ostrava, and award a few gongs for recent performances. Of course, we also bring up Merlene Ottey and the boys getting drunk at various international competitions. Plus ca change... Got an opinion? Let us know your thoughts! @ClaireGThomas and @BackstraightB (plus @BackstraightBoysPodcast on Intsa). Leave us a review on your podcast provider, while you're at it... A huge thank you to Hal Leonard Europe for their support - our love for our new Samson microphones and mixer is growing by the week - to Faloola Chong for her recent review, and to you for tuning in. Stay hydrated, and always wear sunscreen xoxo