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Our greatest risk is taking no risk at all. Hall of Fame Paralympic athlete and the first "nearly unassisted" paraplegic to summit Mt Kilimanjaro in a handcycle Chris Waddell interviews people, who had been dropped into a situation that forced them to confront everything they'd thought to be true. "Experts in the Experience of Being Human," Paralympians, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, share their fight/struggle/strategy to succeed in the face of adversity.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Our greatest risk is taking no risk at all. Hall of Fame Paralympic athlete and the first "nearly unassisted" paraplegic to summit Mt Kilimanjaro in a handcycle Chris Waddell interviews people, who had been dropped into a situation that forced them to confront everything they'd thought to be true. "Experts in the Experience of Being Human," Paralympians, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, share their fight/struggle/strategy to succeed in the face of adversity.

    Julie Foudy - Iconic Women’s Soccer Player, Journalist, and Trailblazer

    Julie Foudy - Iconic Women’s Soccer Player, Journalist, and Trailblazer

    I tried to match Julie’s legendary energy in this podcast. You’ll have to be the judge of whether I was successful or not. She’s famous from her team’s history changing Women’s World Cup Title in 1999. Learn how as athletes they were the best in the world, but also how they took upon themselves to ensure that the Women’s World Cup in the US would be successful and that they could fill the 92,000-seat Rose Bowl. She talks about the We versus Me mission of the team and passing that baton from one generation of players to the next as they continue to win titles, raise the level of women’s sport, and shape the world into one with equal rights for all. As she’s done since she was still a player in 1998, Julie will cover this year’s USWNT in New Zealand and Australia as they go for an unprecedented third World Cup in a row. 

    • 46 min
    John Maclean - Ironman Champion, English Channel Swimmer, Former Professional Rugby Player, and Paralyzed Athlete Who Has Completed a Triathlon without a Wheelchair.

    John Maclean - Ironman Champion, English Channel Swimmer, Former Professional Rugby Player, and Paralyzed Athlete Who Has Completed a Triathlon without a Wheelchair.

    John was a professional rugby player and aspiring triathlete during the off-season when an eight-ton truck hit him as he trained on his bike. Medical experts set his chances at “pine or mahogany” and told the family not to expect him to make it through the day. John made it through that day. When he emerged from the coma, he asked about his bike, which had lost significance since he’d now use a wheelchair. Months of treatment and therapy eventually brought him to rebuilding his former self. As he lifted weights with his mate, his father asked, “How far can you go?” Far went well beyond pine box or mahogany. In over twelve hours of swimming, cycling, and wheelchair racing, John became the first paraplegic to meet all the cut-off times as an official finisher of the Kona Ironman. Then he swam the English Channel, the world’s busiest shipping lane, in twelve hours and fifty-five minutes. Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, a Paralympic Medal, and learning to walk again well enough to finish the original triathlon for which he was training when the truck met his bike. And there’s another challenge on the horizon. 

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Dan Egan - Pioneering Extreme Skier of “Egan Brothers” Warren Miller Fame and the Business Mind to Make it a Career

    Dan Egan - Pioneering Extreme Skier of “Egan Brothers” Warren Miller Fame and the Business Mind to Make it a Career

    Dan followed his brother John, six years older, into Warren Miller movies. They skied the steepest and gnarliest, but also went where the news was happening. Dan said, if it’s happening on CNN, that’s where I want to be, which meant skiing the Berlin Wall, sneaking into Lebanon, and almost dying in a storm on Europe’s tallest mountain, Russia’s Mt Elbrus. He hitchhiked with his skis strapped to his back, slept on couches, and made good on the relationships that he forged as a young teenager turning screws for the Ski Market. This boy from Boston has seen it all, skied it all and now his written it down in Thirty Years in a White Haze: Dan Egan's Story of Worldwide Adventure and the Evolution of Extreme Skiing.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Lori Frisher - Game Changing Disability Rights Advocate

    Lori Frisher - Game Changing Disability Rights Advocate

    Lori played Division I tennis player even though she couldn’t hear the racket hit the ball. Relying on lipreading to communicate, COVID’s masks rendered the world quiet and alone. She was the first person in the world to receive an Esteem implant (an invisible hearing device) with her Cochlear implant. Suddenly the song of the world came alive then she went deaf after ten years. She fights the fight for  those who’ve been left on the outside by letting you walk in their shoes and by demonstrating how their buying power can transform your business. As the CEO of Ready or Not Media she’s changing the world.

    • 58 min
    Scott Wolf - Actor, Producer, Director

    Scott Wolf - Actor, Producer, Director

    Those of you of a certain age, will definitely remember him as Bailey from Party of Five. He has tons of acting credits in film and television and has been part of some long running shows like the aforementioned Party of Five, Everwood and now Nancy Drew. He made his directorial debut on Nancy Drew during the third season with the “Voices in the Frost” episode. He’s also a friend and a Park City resident. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ivan Blumberg - Sports Agent Who Leveraged the Power of the Athlete to Make the World a Better Place.

    Ivan Blumberg - Sports Agent Who Leveraged the Power of the Athlete to Make the World a Better Place.

    It was Arthur Ashe, who made Ivan recognize the power of the athlete. Arthur had just been diagnosed with AIDS as a result of a tainted blood transfusion during heart by-pass surgery. He was dying and he could have hidden, but he asked, how can we use this? The resulting widely viewed, highly attended televised event the day before the US Open in what would eventually become Arthur Ashe Stadium put a face on the AIDS epidemic. After twenty-five years in the agent business, Ivan started Athletes for Hope to help athletes leverage their unique skills the way that Arthur had. Muhammad Ali, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Warrick Dunn, Andre Agassi, Alonzo Mourning and Jackie Joyner-Kersee remain the founding members of an organization that now numbers more than 12,000 athletes. 

    • 1 hr 15 min

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

CLiebhardt ,

Delicious words

Chef Eduardos story share is filled with deep wise flavors. Thankyou . BigSky kitchen is a wonder to watch. His journey & daily challenge is now even more meaningful to me. We are blessed to know his truth and enjoy his purposeful food. Clare.

ThankYou Ivan for your vision of compassionate leadership in Athletes for Hope. The fellowship created in your organization is neverending.
AFH provides a multi level bridge to care and peace in our world.
Chris, excellent, thoughtful and educational podcast. Clare

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Chris does a remarkable job bringing out the stories and insights from his collection of fascinating guests.

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Great stories about amazingly inspirational people.

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