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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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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.

    In the Olympic Pool with Team USA

    In the Olympic Pool with Team USA

    We're getting aquatic on this episode, sharing Team USA Media Summit interviews with all sorts of swimming athletes. We've got (athlete links are Instagram accounts--follow them!):
    Water Polo Ben Hallock - Captain of the U.S. Men's Water Polo team. Paris 2024 will be his third Olympics Maggie Steffens - Captain of the U.S. Women's Water Polo team. Paris 2024 will be her fourth Olympics Ashleigh Johnson - Goalie for the U.S. Women's Water Polo team. Paris 2024 will be her third Olympics Swimming Bobby Finke - Olympic gold medalist, 800m freestyle; also swims the 1500m freestyle Lydia Jacoby - Olympic gold medalist, 100m breaststroke Diving Andrew Capobianco - Olympic silver medalist, 3m synchronized springboard Artistic Swimming Megumi Field - duet and team Daniella Ramirez - team  
    The naming of the U.S. artistic swimming team included a big surprise, which we get into (along with Caitlin Clark being left off the U.S. women's basketball team). 
    In Paris 2024 news, ticket scams abound. Plus, you can eat airplane food at the Air France pavilion (reservations here: https://airfrance.invityou.com/air-france)
    LA 2028 proposes adding a sport to the Paralympic program.
    The International Olympic Committee is one step closer to officially naming the hosts for the Winter Olympics in 2030 (France) and 2034 (Salt Lake City).
    In TKFLASTAN news we hear from:
    Wheelchair tennis player David Wagner Karate-ka Tom Scott Sitting volleyball player Lora Webster Former hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson Former diver Laura Wilkinson Olympics travel expert Ken Hanscom, who was on a digital roundtable with listener David: https://youtu.be/euF71DxdwMw?si=ZEeRLaIE0oCh2XfJ If you're going to U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, look for Jill there!
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit http://flamealivepod.com.
     
    Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!
     
     
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    Keep the Flame Alive: The Olympics and Paralympics Fan Podcast with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown. New episodes released every week and daily during the Olympics and Paralympics. Also look for our monthly Games History Moment episodes in your feed.

     
    Support the show: http://flamealivepod.com/support
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    • 51 min
    Paralympic Swimming with Jessica Long, McKenzie Coan and Olivia Chambers

    Paralympic Swimming with Jessica Long, McKenzie Coan and Olivia Chambers

    While you wouldn't think para swimming is much different from able-bodied swimming, the Paralympic classification system makes it a more complex sport to follow. Classification helps level the playing field (although we learn here that it's not the most perfect system), but the diversity of swimmers and abilities means that there are a lot of classes in this sport. Case in point, our three guests for this episode.
     
    We talk with Jessica Long, 5x Paralympian; McKenzie Coan, 3x Paralympian; and Olivia Chambers, Paralympic hopeful about para swimming, nuances of their classifications, and how the Paralympics has changed over the years. 
     
    Follow Jessica, McKenzie and Olivia on Insta! Jessica and McKenzie also have websites to check out for more information. The 2024 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials will be on June 27-29, 2024 in Minneapolis.
     
    There are less than 50 days until the start of the Paris Olympics, and to celebrate that milestone, the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee adorned the Eiffel Tower with the Olympic rings. We have that news and more from Paris 2024.
     
    In our TKFLASTAN update, we have news from:
    Wheelchair rugby player Chuck Aoki Artistic swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau Beach volleyball player Kelly Cheng Rugby coach Ben Ryan And Jill has a full report from the Katie Moon Pole Vault Classic, where she got to see TKFLASTANI Katie Moon vault from about 12 feet away!
     
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit http://flamealivepod.com.
     
    Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!
     
     
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    Keep the Flame Alive: The Olympics and Paralympics Fan Podcast with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown. New episodes released every week and daily during the Olympics and Paralympics. Also look for our monthly Games History Moment episodes in your feed.

     
    Support the show: http://flamealivepod.com/support
    Bookshop.org store: https://bookshop.org/shop/flamealivepod
     
    Hang out with us online:
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    • 47 min
    Team USA 2024 Olympians-Team Sports

    Team USA 2024 Olympians-Team Sports

    We're exploring team sports on this episode of Keep the Flame Alive. At Paris 2024, there will be 11 purely team sports: artistic swimming, basketball, basketball 3x3, beach volleyball, football, handball, hockey, rowing, rugby sevens, volleyball, and water polo. Athletes don't just have to be in top physical shape, they also have to work well with their teammates in order to achieve success. As we read in If Gold Is our Destiny, if players can't come together and play as a team, they're going to fall apart.
     
    At the Team USA Media Summit in April, we talked with a number of team players who are ready to make their contribution in order to achieve victory and stand atop the podium, and we bring you those interviews here (links to follow them on Insta):
     
    3x3: Jimmer Fredette, Canyon Barry, Dylan Travis, Kareem Maddox Field Hockey: Abby Tamer and Kelsey Bing Rugby Sevens: Perry Baker Football (Soccer): Emily Sonnett  
    We also have news from TKFLASTAN and:
    Beach volleyball player Kelly Cheng Wheelchair fencer Ellen Geddes Speed skaters Erin Jackson and Ryan Shane Equestrian Phillip Dutton Pole vaulter Katie Moon - Get your ticket to the Katie Moon Pole Vault Classic!  
    Be sure to show your TKFLASTAN pride at Paris! Get your Keep the Flame Alive gear here.
     
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit http://flamealivepod.com.
     
    Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!
     
    ***
    Keep the Flame Alive: The Olympics and Paralympics Fan Podcast with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown. New episodes released every week and daily during the Olympics and Paralympics. Also look for our monthly Games History Moment episodes in your feed.

     
    Support the show: http://flamealivepod.com/support
    Bookshop.org store: https://bookshop.org/shop/flamealivepod
     
    Hang out with us online:
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    • 41 min
    Para Dressage with Beatrice de Lavalette

    Para Dressage with Beatrice de Lavalette

    We're hopping on a horse and riding along with Paralympian Beatrice de Lavalette on this episode of Keep the Flame Alive. Beatrice competed for Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in para dressage, finishing 5th in Individual Championship Test - Grade II - Open) and 6th in Individual Freestyle - Grade II - Open.
    We've talked about para dressage for visually impaired riders, so with Beatrice we were able to explore and better understand the sport for para classes that involve missing limbs. We also talk about choosing a horse and how they feel on competition day.
    Learn more about Beatrice at her website and follow her on Instagram!
    Jill recently went to her a conversation with boxer Morelle McCane, who's qualified for Paris 2024. You can watch that discussion here (which should include a familiar voice during the Q&A).
    Also, Jill will be speaking at the Lakewood Public Library on June 5, 2024 at 7pm about Cleveland's Olympic History. Come out and see her!
    In Paris 2024 news:
    The International Boxing Association is going to pay all athletes who make it to the podium, plus also a little something for 4th and 5th places Microsoft Threat Analysis Center released a report about Russian campaigns to influence the Games The French Interior Ministry thwarted a planned attack on a football stadium Free Opening Ceremonies tickets are being distributed There will be 10 medal reallocation ceremonies at Champions Park to honor athletes all the way back to Sydney 2000 whose results were changed due to doping violations More museum exhibits at the Pantheon and the National Museum of Australia  
    In news from TKFLASTAN, we hear from:
    Artistic swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau Race walker Evan Dunfee Pole vaulter Katie Moon - get your tickets for the Katie Moon Pole Vault Classic here. Former BMX cyclist Connor Fields Superfan Sarah and Listener Meredith  
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit http://flamealivepod.com.
     
    Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!
     
    ***
    Keep the Flame Alive: The Olympics and Paralympics Fan Podcast with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown. New episodes released every week and daily during the Olympics and Paralympics. Also look for our monthly Games History Moment episodes in your feed.

     
    Support the show: http://flamealivepod.com/support
    Bookshop.org store: https://bookshop.org/shop/flamealivepod
     
    Hang out with us online:
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    • 50 min
    Olympian Kenny Bednarek on the 200m

    Olympian Kenny Bednarek on the 200m

    Olympic sprinter Kenny Bednarek joins Jill and Alison for a discussion about sprint starts, running the curve on a track, and the principles Kung Fu Kenny lives by. 
     
    Follow Kenny on Insta, X, YouTube, Facebook and TikTok!
     
    The latest news from Paris 2024 has a transport focus, including shuttles to remote venues and updates on Uber policies during the Games. Plus, more tickets will drop every Thursday at 10am Paris time until the Games start. Also, Casa Columbia joins the mix of hospitality houses.
     
    Still on the fence about going to the Games? With the influx of tickets, and this news about hotel prices dropping, maybe they'll get to be within budget!
     
    In TKFLASTAN news, we hear from:
    Pole vaulter Katie Moon Hammer thrower DeAnna Price Artistic swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau Commentator Rob Snoek Sleep research Dr. Renske Lok Cyclist Coryn Labecki - this finish, whoa: https://www.youtube.com/live/tuRk9VxkmNo?si=6fnXWLdhF9FjJCC3&t=2165  
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit http://flamealivepod.com.
     
    Have you heard our latest patron-only episode with Alison's genius idea for 2028?  Get it here.
     
    Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!
    ***
    Keep the Flame Alive: The Olympics and Paralympics Fan Podcast with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown. New episodes released every week and daily during the Olympics and Paralympics. Also look for our monthly Games History Moment episodes in your feed.

     
    Support the show: http://flamealivepod.com/support
    Bookshop.org store: https://bookshop.org/shop/flamealivepod
     
    Hang out with us online:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flamealivepod
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    • 37 min
    Team USA Paralympians David Wagner Liana Mutia Ian Seidenfeld

    Team USA Paralympians David Wagner Liana Mutia Ian Seidenfeld

    On this episode we're bringing you more tape from the Team USA Media Summit, and we're talking with three Paralympians: Multi-Paralympic medalist wheelchair tennis player David Wagner, para judo athlete Liana Mutia and gold medal-winning para table tennis player Ian Seidenfeld.
     
    David talks with us about clay courts. Liana tells us how she had to entirely relearn how to compete in judo after losing her vision. Ian explains how his paddle extender works.
    Follow David, Liana, and Ian on Insta!
     
    In Paris 2024 news, be on the look out for a scam involving Paralympic Opening Ceremony tickets.
     
    In IOC news, reports are that Toyota will end its TOP sponsorship.
     
    In TKFLASTAN news, we hear from: 
    Wheelchair rugby player Chuck Aoki Karate-ka Tom Scott Para javelin thrower Justin Phongsavanh  
    Have Kindle Unlimited? Check out our Paris 2024 Viewing Guide for free!
     
    For a transcript of this episode, please visit http://flamealivepod.com.
     
    Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!
    ***
    Keep the Flame Alive: The Olympics and Paralympics Fan Podcast with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown. New episodes released every week and daily during the Olympics and Paralympics. Also look for our monthly Games History Moment episodes in your feed.

     
    Support the show: http://flamealivepod.com/support
    Bookshop.org store: https://bookshop.org/shop/flamealivepod
     
    Hang out with us online:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flamealivepod
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Mxsandy12 ,

Inspiring!

A great listen that lifts me up!

Lo Dandy ,

Informative, Fun, Exciting, Surprising, Funny

Who knew that two librarians could create such an amazing show about the Olympics and Paralympics?? I’m actually not surprised because every librarian I know is vastly interesting and interested in the world. You won’t hear the same sports content you hear everywhere else! And, as a disabled athlete and former Paralympian, I’m thrilled to hear the sports and athletes of the Paralympics discussed with the same depth and nuance as their counterparts in the Olympics. Thanks!!!

Brittachan ,

Great all around Olympic Podcast

This podcast has really expanded since its beginnings to become a true all around source of information regarding the Olympics. Great interviews of both athletes and behind the scenes folks, history segments, book and movie deep dives and follow ups for both past and future games. Definitely worth a listen if you’re interested in all the Olympics encompasses.

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