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The Podium: An NBC Olympics podcast. Join us for insider coverage during the 17 intense days of competition at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. In the run-up to the opening ceremony, we’ll bring you deep into the stories and events that have defined the Olympics and those that will shape the Tokyo Olympics, plus an intimate look into the unseen details that only the athletes themselves can tell.

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The Podium: An NBC Olympics podcast. Join us for insider coverage during the 17 intense days of competition at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. In the run-up to the opening ceremony, we’ll bring you deep into the stories and events that have defined the Olympics and those that will shape the Tokyo Olympics, plus an intimate look into the unseen details that only the athletes themselves can tell.

    Day 16: Closing time

    Day 16: Closing time

    All good things come to an end. Through delay, innumerable challenges in just putting on the games and the actual sporting competition itself, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and all involved have excelled beyond expectation. Now, the world unites to celebrate the end of a shared moment: the last of the first global sporting event in over 18 months. 

    Brittney Reese reflects on a sport-defining career in women’s long jump and Mike Tirico give us a parting thought before going into the booth the call the closing ceremony. 

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    • 19 min
    Day 15: Waiting Game

    Day 15: Waiting Game

    The sting of missing out on Olympic glory can be a hurdle to overcome as well as a fuel for future success. Ultimately, delayed gratification may just be the ultimate prize. 

    We speak with the second American woman to win a wrestling gold, Tamyra Mensah Stock, about how previous failures motivate her on and off the mat. Keni Harrison was the favorite coming into US Olympic Track & Field Trials in the 100 meter hurdles for Rio, but had to watch the Games on TV. She leveraged that into record- setting times that set her on the rhythm that clinched a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Games. 

    Listen to The Podium daily during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for new insight into the stories you know and the ones you’ll be happy to discover.  

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    • 14 min
    Bonus: Speaking Without Words

    Bonus: Speaking Without Words

    From using your podium performance to speak for a wider group or simply turning your chopsticks around for a shared platter, gestures big and small are a defining feature of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

    Hear from Women’s Shot put Silver-medalist Raven Saunders about how her personal style speaks volumes and explore the Japanese world of social gestures with etiquette expert Ben Sparrow. 

    Listen to The Podium daily during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for new insight into the stories you know and the ones you’ll be happy to discover.  

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    • 22 min
    Day 14: Over Rivers and Fences

    Day 14: Over Rivers and Fences

    Running from steeple to steeple in the Irish countryside, over fences and through streams might seem like a task far removed from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. And yet 2 events, run on 2 or 4 legs, remind us that utility is at the core of the Olympics, and that manufacturing once-natural challenges may seem a little forced, but that finding our force is why we compete in the first place. 

    We speak to women straight off of their 3000 meter Steeplechase heats to discover what attracts them to this event. Doug Payne of Team USA’s Eventing squad tells us why equestrian sports, especially the cross country discipline, are as beautiful as they are complex. 

    Listen to The Podium daily during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for new insight into the stories you know and the ones you’ll be happy to discover.  

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    • 19 min
    Day 13: Masters of Chaos

    Day 13: Masters of Chaos

    The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games feature the most sports and events in any modern Olympics. Organizing and participating, notably, in Track and Field and Water Polo, involves mastering a lot of pandemonium. 

    Athletes like Maggie Steffens and Valarie Allman join us from their chaotic fields of play to explain why chaos creates additional challenges for the athletes, but that having a lot going on is part of the culture that make these events so exciting. 

    Listen to The Podium daily during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games for new insight into the stories you know and the ones you’ll be happy to discover.  

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    • 13 min
    Day 12: Change your Mind - Mental Health at the Olympics

    Day 12: Change your Mind - Mental Health at the Olympics

    Athletes prioritizing their health and wellbeing has been a through line in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. And while that may sound like a given considering these are the highest performing physical specimens on earth, the public is being exposed more than ever to the hardships often hidden by the podium steps or outshined by the glimmer of Olympic medals. 




    MyKayla Skinner, Simone Biles' teammate, gives us a glimpse into her own mental process as Team USA’s female gymnasts cope with the pressure both within and outside themselves. Silver medalist wrestler Adeline Gray explains how finding balance helped her breakthrough at her second Games. 

      

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
368 Ratings

368 Ratings

Jules-A-F ,

It's a good daily update of the Olympics

This is a good daily update of the 2018 Winter Olympics. I really enjoyed the Gus Kenworthy interview (even shared that one), otherwise not spectacular. Also they have some editing problems -- in that sometimes there will be multiple tracks playing at the same time (this has happened several times, not just a one time occurrence)

maeveatlove ,

Simone biles is great

The rest of them that where the competition cheated

Blakeheem ,

Terrible!!!!!!!!!!

Every time I open iTunes I see a picture of the 'brave' gymnast who quit on her teamates.

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