305 episodes

Keep the Flame Alive is the podcast for fans of the Olympics and Paralympics. Each week co-hosts Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown keep you up-to-date on the worlds of the Olympics and Paralympics through interviews with athletes, Gamesmakers, historians and more. We're the cure to your case of Olympic Fever. Give us a call: 208-FLAME-IT.

Keep the Flame Alive Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown

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    • 4.4 • 35 Ratings

Keep the Flame Alive is the podcast for fans of the Olympics and Paralympics. Each week co-hosts Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown keep you up-to-date on the worlds of the Olympics and Paralympics through interviews with athletes, Gamesmakers, historians and more. We're the cure to your case of Olympic Fever. Give us a call: 208-FLAME-IT.

    Book Club Claire on "Driven to Ride"

    Book Club Claire on "Driven to Ride"

    Book Club Claire is back for another session of book club! This time we've got our first Paralympics-related selection: "Driven to Ride: The True Story of an Elite Athlete Who Rebuilt His Leg, His Life, and His Career" by two-time Paralympic Snowboarder Mike Schultz (affiliate link).
    Follow Claire on Twitter and Insta, and on YouTube her channel is C Nat.
    Keeping with the Paralympics theme, in our Albertville 1992 history moment, Jill looks at the Tignes-Albertville Paralympics, which was the first time the Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics were paired together. If anyone has footage of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony, let us know--it had a bit with hang gliders that sounded pretty cool.
    Things are relatively quiet in TKFLASTAN, but our ice dancer Charlie White got some good news!
    In Games-related news, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee presented its final budget (it's a doozy, but better news than anticipated), as well as its final reports. Now that all of its duties are complete, the committee will dissolve at the end of the month.
    We also have an update on how the athlete villages and some hotels from Beijing 2022 are currently being used.....and it's not good. Plus, international federation payout from Beijing 2022 is going to be smaller, so look for some belt-tightening.
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit: https://wp.me/pbRtIx-1U0
    Thanks so much for listening, and keep the flame alive!
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     Keep the Flame Alive: The Podcast for Fans of the Olympics and Paralympics with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown
     
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    • 58 min
    Episode 241: Women's Nordic Combined with Annika Malacinski

    Episode 241: Women's Nordic Combined with Annika Malacinski

    Nordic Combined is the only sport on the current Olympic program that is only open to men. Many athletes are working to change that, including Team USA’s Annika Malacinski. We talk with Annika about how the sport works, which surprisingly involves a lot of body measurements (see: ski jumping suit scandal at Beijing), and we learn about one of the best winner's prizes ever.
    Annika gets pretty frank with us about how tough it is to not have her discipline in the Olympics. It tried to get into 2022, but was denied. Its attempt to get into 2026 needs your help!
    Next week, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board will meet, and finalizing the Milan-Cortina 2026 sports program is on the agenda. You can show your support for inclusion of women's Nordic combined by:
    Contacting an IOC member. Signing the Change.org petition. Posting support on social media - be sure to tag USA Nordic, FIS Nordic Combined, US Ski and Snowboard, Team USA, the Olympic Games and local/national news outlets with your support or opinion. Here's USA Nordic's call to action.
    Follow Annika on Instagram and TikTok!
    In our Albertville 1992 history moment, Alison's back on the ice with details about the top four ice dance teams and one controversial costume.
    n our Team Keep the Flame Alive Update (TKFLA), we have news from TKFLASTANIs:
    Wheelchair curler Steve Emt Race walker Evan Dunfee Commentator Rob Snoek Beach volleyball player Kelly Claes Cheng Former bobsledder Nick Cunningham Paralympian John Register - check out his article in U.S. Veterans Magazine. Speedskater Erin Jackson In Paris 2024 news, the disagreements over the proposed basketball venue are quickly turning into a novela. Who will end up in Lille, basketball or handball?
    In Winter 2030 bid news, a First Nations/Canadian bid team has announced its engagement phase for a Games coming back to Vancouver and Whistler....and Sun Peaks (Kamloops). We've got details on the initial plan and run down what's going on with the other bid city hopefuls. Targeted dialogue should start in December, with a host city possibly announced at the IOC Session in Mumbai next May/June.
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit: https://flamealivepod.com/2022/06/17/episode241/
    Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!
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     Keep the Flame Alive: The Podcast for Fans of the Olympics and Paralympics with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 240: Paralympic Wheelchair Curler Steve Emt on Beijing 2022

    Episode 240: Paralympic Wheelchair Curler Steve Emt on Beijing 2022

    Wheelchair curler Steve Emt returns to talk with us about his experiences at the Beijing 2022 Paralympics.
    Follow Steve:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.emt
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/stephen.emt
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-emt
    And his website, steveemt.com
    In our Albertville 1992 moment, Jill looks at the men's ice hockey competition, notably, thoughts on hockey referee Sven-Erik Sold, who officiated a number of games at these Olympics.
    We also travel to TKFLASTAN to check in with our Team Keep the Flame Alive (TKFLA) and have news on:
    Shooter Tim Sherry Speedskater Erin Jackson Race walker Evan Dunfee Shot putter Michelle Carter Para Shooter McKenna Geer Beach volleyball player Kelly Claes Cheng Curler John Shuster TKFLASTANI worlds collide when Evan Dunfee guested on sustainability expert Matthew Campelli's podcast.
    And in our Games updates, we have some not-so-great legacy news from Tokyo 2020, and some thoughts on the International Skating Union's age limit increase that will be in place by Milan-Cortina 2026.
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit: https://wp.me/pbRtIx-1Ti
    Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!
    ***
     Keep the Flame Alive: The Podcast for Fans of the Olympics and Paralympics with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown
     
    Support the show:
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    • 1 hr
    Episode 239: Legacy of Olympic Venues

    Episode 239: Legacy of Olympic Venues

    Olympic Host Cities usually get a reputation for spending a ton of money building venues that become white elephants, but that's not necessarily the case. The International Olympic Committee has released a report that catalogs all of the modern Olympic venues and what's happened to them. We delve into this report and examine the IOC's findings. We find some surprises--and sadly, some disappointments. Find out which cities have done it right and which ones haven't.
    We also have an update from TKFLASTAN and our Team Keep the Flame Alive.
    Doping and classification woes abound, and there's a new installment of our modern pentathlonovela.
    Plus, Paris 2024's got some inflation woes, Milan-Cortina 2026 released its song, and LA 2028 is getting a little closer to figuring out what sports should be on its program.
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit: https://wp.me/pbRtIx-1SX
    Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!
    ***
     Keep the Flame Alive: The Podcast for Fans of the Olympics and Paralympics with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown
     
    Support the show:
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    Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/flamealivepod
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 238: Erin Jackson on Hear Her Sports

    Episode 238: Erin Jackson on Hear Her Sports

    It's Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., and we're breaking our tradition of publishing a Lightning Round episode to bring you an interview with Olympic speedskater Erin Jackson, one of our TKFLASTANIs who appeared on our friend Elizabeth Emery's podcast Hear Her Sports.
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit: https://wp.me/pbRtIx-1SB
    We'll be back next week with a full dose of us. Until then, thanks so much for listening and remember to keep the flame alive!
    ***
     Keep the Flame Alive: The Podcast for Fans of the Olympics and Paralympics with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown
     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 237: Paralympian and Broadcaster Rob Snoek

    Episode 237: Paralympian and Broadcaster Rob Snoek

    Today we welcome Paralympian-turned-broadcaster Rob Snoek. Rob competed in athletics at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Paralympics before transitioning to a career in sports broadcasting. Today Rob calls all sorts of sports and has worked with the CBC on their Olympics and Paralympics coverage since 2002.
    At Beijing 2022, Rob was the CBC's  snowboard play-by-play announcer for the Olympics, commentating from Toronto. Then he traveled to Beijing to work as a sled hockey (or sledge hockey, as Rob says) commentator for the Olympic Broadcasting Service.
    Rob talks with us about his experiences at the Paralympics, as well what it takes to call any sport.
    Follow Rob on social! He's @robsnoeklive on Twitter and Insta.
    In our Albertville 1992 history moment, Alison delves into figure skating, starting with the wild results of the men's competition.
    We have lots of great news from Team Keep the Flame Alive in our TKFLASTAN update, including updates from:
    The dulcet tones of Jason Bryant Micheal Warren, who was on the PhD Unpacked podcast Alex Deibold Connor Fields Lauren Gibbs – Learn more about her AMA here. McKenna Geer Evan Dunfee Felicity Passon Plus we have news from Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 – including a visit from Alison's French alter ego.
    For a transcript of this episode, visit: https://flamealivepod.com/2022/05/20/episode237/
     
    Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!
    Photo courtesy of Rob Snoek.
    ***
     Keep the Flame Alive: The Podcast for Fans of the Olympics and Paralympics with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown
     
    Support the show:
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    • 1 hr 4 min

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4.4 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

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