8 episodes

Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo's Torch spotlights some of our world's greatest masters of resiliency and arms listeners with tips and calls to action for how we can all better stand together in solidarity. This podcast brings 2021 female Olympians’ and Paralympians’ experiences to life, giving them a platform of celebration and an opportunity to share their learnings. This podcast is made possible by the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program.

Flame Bearers - The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo's Torch Jamie Mittelman

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Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo's Torch spotlights some of our world's greatest masters of resiliency and arms listeners with tips and calls to action for how we can all better stand together in solidarity. This podcast brings 2021 female Olympians’ and Paralympians’ experiences to life, giving them a platform of celebration and an opportunity to share their learnings. This podcast is made possible by the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program.

    Katarina Roxon

    Katarina Roxon

    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 years later, Roxon brought home her first medal, a gold in the 100-m breaststroke in Canadian record time during the 2016 Paralympics.

    This episode dives into Katarina's family dynamic including her relationship with her father (who is also her coach), her decision to compete for Team Canada instead of Team India, and her commitment to living a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

    Experts interviewed include Katarina's father and coach, Leonard Roxon, mother, Lisa Roxon, sister, Miranda Roxon, Canadian Paralympic Committee CEO, Karen O'Neill, and yoga instructor and activist, Seane Corn.

    Audio clips from: 'How to Get the PERFECT BODY' YouTube video, Allure's 'Girls Ages 6-18 Talk About Body Image YouTube video, How Seane Corne Leads with Love YouTube video, and Yoga Journal's 'Behind the Scenes with Seane Corn'.

    Ezinne Kalu-Phelps

    Ezinne Kalu-Phelps

    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 court, she's also jumped headfirst into the world of entrepreneurship; she's launched her own cosmetics company, Kalu Kosmetics, and an organization empowering young girls who want to play basketball, the Kalu Team Heat.

    This episode explores Ezinne's entrepreneurial drive and commitment to uplift the Black community, as well as the connection between bias and entrepreneurship.

    Experts interviewed include Ezinne's father, Mr. Kalu, teammate and coach, Ndidi Madu, Founder and CEO, wovoyage, Rashmi Chadha, and Harvard Business School Assistant Professor, Dr. Laura Huang.

    Audio clip from Fiba's 'Kalu saves Nigeria in the last seconds! - 2016 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament'

    Nicky Nieves

    Nicky Nieves

    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 for the Black Lives Matter movement, spearheading conversations about race on her team and via social media.

    This episode explores Nicky's experience playing volleyball without a hand, but focuses on her conscious decision to advocate for racial justice, providing listeners with suggestions for how they can help.

    Experts interviewed include former teammate Kari (Miller) Ortiz, Amherst College Professor, Dr. Solsiree del Moral, and Black Voters Matter, Co-Founder, LaTosha Brown.

    Audio clips from:
    -https://time.com/5847967/george-floyd-protests-trump/
    -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue6CovRPa48
    -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxhPcUzgeDw

    Lea Davison

    Lea Davison

    Lea Davison is a 2X Olympic Mountain Biker and 2016 World Championship silver medalist looking to qualify for her 3rd Olympics. Lea is unabashedly herself in all ways, including being open about her sexuality: Lea is gay.

    This episode takes a dive into some of Lea's professional cycling highlights, her co-founding of Little Bellas with sister, Sabra (a mountain biking/mentorship nonprofit for girls), and her decision to be open about her sexuality, which is something her sponsor Garneau, actively supports.

    Experts interviewed include Sabra Davison, Andy Bishop, Frazier Blair, Marie-Andree Vezina and Dr. Susan Cahn. Audio clip of Megan Rapino from ABC 30's LGBTQ athletes speak out proudly about what it means to be out in the world of pro sport. Audio clip of Gareth Thomas via ODN News' article, Rugby star Gareth Thomas reveals he's gay. Audio clip of Layshia Clarendon from her 6/22/17 Instagram post.

    Manasi Joshi

    Manasi Joshi

    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 Manasi; hours dragged on before she received treatment, and her leg eventually needed to be amputated.

    In this episode, Manasi talks about losing her leg, how badminton was a crucial part of her rehabilitation process and her passion for disability rights. Her sister, Nupur shares her take on her sister.

    Experts interviewed include Sharon Springer, Ariella Barker, and Candace Cable.

    Sanda Aldass

    Sanda Aldass

    Sanda is a Syrian refugee, living in the Netherlands with her her husband (who is also her coach) and their three children. She’s a current International Olympic Committee (IOC) Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holder, the elite group amongst which the 2021 Refugee Team will be selected.

    This episode spotlights what it means to be refugee, how Sanda copes with her situation, and what going to the Games (hopefully!) will mean to her.

    Experts interviewed include Renée Wolforth, Jackdar Mohammad, and Anne-Sophie Thilo.

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

MiddVT ,

My new favorite podcast!

Wow this podcast is so inspiring! Not only does it highlight the incredible achievements of these female athletes, it also digs into really important topics that impact our world. If you need something uplifting to listen to, that you’ll also learn a ton from, I highly recommend this podcast!

CAFF711 ,

Incredibly Inspiring

This podcast shines a light on the stories behind the Olympics by telling each athlete’s story in a way that captures the spirit and excitement of the games. Each voice is beautifully captured and Jamie Mittelman does a masterful job of promoting, elevating, and celebrating strong female athletes. This is the type of uplifting and inspiring content we all need right now!!

Annapurnalolala ,

educator

During these pandemic times, there is nothing more inspirational, hopeful, and fun to listen than these podcasts as the real life stories demonstrate endurance, courage, and resilience. Hope to see all these women competing next year

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