20 episodes

What lies behind the brave, underneath the nerves of steel? What unspoken battles have unleashed resiliency in our everyday heroes? In a world that expects perfection, Erin Mielzynski, a multi-time Olympian, gets real and vulnerable with high achievers to celebrate imperfections, lean into self-validation, normalize fear and empower bravery.
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Unspoken Bravery Erin Mielzynski

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

What lies behind the brave, underneath the nerves of steel? What unspoken battles have unleashed resiliency in our everyday heroes? In a world that expects perfection, Erin Mielzynski, a multi-time Olympian, gets real and vulnerable with high achievers to celebrate imperfections, lean into self-validation, normalize fear and empower bravery.
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    A Holistic Approach to Wellness with Katie Stewart

    A Holistic Approach to Wellness with Katie Stewart

    What are you doing to improve your mental and physical health?
    Today, I’m talking to Katie Stewart, a registered holistic nutritionist specializing in helping women with chronic acne clear their skin from the inside out. She previously worked in television for 14 years behind the scenes at Hockey Night in Canada and spent four years on camera at a local station hosting a food show. Her mission is to help women clear up their skin so they can regain their confidence and feel beautiful in their own skin again.
    To be the best version of yourself, you must honestly evaluate your physical and mental health. Sometimes, athletes will believe they are very fit and healthy simply because they work out. They fail to consider issues such as mental health and cortisol levels that can impact their long-term performance.
    Tune in and listen to episode 12 of season 2 of Unspoken Bravery. In this episode, Katie and I talk about our unique struggles with acne and how it impacted each of us. Katie shares how a personal experience led her to start the Clear Skin Foundation. She also explains nutrition's role in skin health and overall physical health.
    In this episode, you will learn:
    Katie explains how the clear skin solution works (06:22)Why we should be thankful for acne (09:07)How high-performance athletes should handle high-cortisol levels (19:44)Katie explains the role of nutrition in skin health (32:30)Katie shares the biggest lesson she has learnt in life (43:00)
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Competing at All Cost with Elli Terwiel

    Competing at All Cost with Elli Terwiel

    How do you maximize the value of what’s available to you?
    Today, I’m talking to a Canadian Salom skier and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympian, Elli Terwiel. She was the first Canadian Women's National team member to simultaneously attend university while still competing on the World Cup circuit. Today, Elli is a Professional Civil Engineer in the state of California and has a Masters's degree in, Management in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
    The true greatness of an athlete isn’t brought out when everything is working out perfectly for them. Many times challenging situations such as injuries and mental struggles can propel determined athletes to push past their limits and deliver great performances. For the best athletes, it's not about what’s not working out; it's about maximizing the value of what's available.
    Tune in and listen to episode 11 of season 2 of Unspoken Bravery. Elli and I discuss some of our memorable experiences as teammates. Elli also shares the importance of teammates to an athlete, especially when they are going through a difficult time. Additionally, we discuss what it takes to participate in the Olympics and the challenges that follow if you don’t get a podium position.
    In this episode, you will learn:
    Elli breaks down her skiing career (01:05)Elli explains the importance of teammates (08:20)How retirement from a sport affects athletes (18:12)Elli describes her financial struggle during her skiing career (29:53)What it takes to be in the Olympics and the challenges that come with it (38:20)
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    • 57 min
    Creating a Winning Team with Tim Gfeller

    Creating a Winning Team with Tim Gfeller

    How do you get the best out of very talented athletes?
    Today, I’m talking to the head coach of the Norwegian women’s World Cup team, Tim Gfeller. Before that, he coached the Canadian women’s World Cup team for eight years, from 2006-2014. During that time, he coached me for six years and played a key role in my development as a professional skier.
    Getting the best out of talented athletes in a team is a complicated task that takes time and a lot of planning. You must strike the perfect balance between fostering a competitive spirit in each individual and ensuring team members embrace teamwork. At the same time, you must create an environment that allows athletes to be authentic and true to their identity.
    Tune in and listen to episode 10 of season 2 of Unspoken Bravery. Coach Tim and I discuss his coaching journey and his experience coaching me. We also discuss his six guiding principles and why they are important to a team’s success.
    In this episode, you will learn:
    Coach Tim explains how a culture is built (03:42)The importance of creating a fun environment for the athletes (12:03)Coach Tim shares how he deals with athletes' feedback (16:11)Tim shares the difference between coaching Canadians and Norwegians (39:48)Tim shares what he’s most proud of as a coach (43:07)
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    • 49 min
    The Lessons Skiing Taught Me

    The Lessons Skiing Taught Me

    Sometimes we talk so much about our accomplishments that it makes our lives seem perfect. Our struggles and setbacks, which shape who we are and lead us to those victorious moments, are forgotten.
    I assure you that the road to those podium moments is paved with disappointments and small accomplishments that are often forgotten. Successfully navigating it requires a mindset that embraces learning from failure and being grounded when succeeding.
    Tune in and listen to episode seven of season 2 of Unspoken Bravery.  In this solo episode, I read a speech I gave at the Toronto Ski and Snowboard Show. You’ll hear some of the lessons that I learnt over my skiing career. You’ll also hear about what inspires me to encourage girls to get into sports.
    In this episode, you will learn:
    Why the journey is so important (00:20)What I learnt about performing while nervous (06:35)How I learnt to celebrate small successes (08:12)Why I’m passionate about getting girls into sports (16:12)
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    • 21 min
    Competing Hard and Embracing Minimalism with Christopher Spring

    Competing Hard and Embracing Minimalism with Christopher Spring

    Why is bobsledding so complex?
    Today, I’m talking to one of the best bobsleigh drivers and a four-time Olympian, Christopher Spring. He stood on the top step of the World Cup podium two times, finished up the 2018 season ranked third overall in the standings, and placed fifth in the two-man race at the Sochi Olympics. Chris has also had multiple other podiums throughout his career.
    Remaining competitive in a team sport for years requires one to gain and retain the trust of their teammates. This is only possible if you are working hard and consistently delivering good results at the highest possible level.
    Tune in and listen to episode 5 of season 8 of Unspoken Bravery. Chris and I discuss what bobsledding entails and what it takes to become a good bobsleigh driver. He also shares about his 2012 crash, the mental burden that came with it, and what encouraged him to keep competing.
    In this episode, you will learn:
    Chris explains what the three bobsleigh disciplines entail (04:30)What makes Chris a good bobsleigh pilot (11:07)Why most athletes feel stressed before races (20:01)Chris shares about his 2012 crash (23:59)The benefits of doing other things outside of sports (38:09)Why a simplistic mind is important to Chris (41:10)
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    • 1 hr
    How Broderick Thompson’s Competitive Mindset Helps His Speed Skiing Career

    How Broderick Thompson’s Competitive Mindset Helps His Speed Skiing Career

    What keeps athletes going even after devastating injuries?
    Today, I’m talking to a Canadian World Cup Alpine ski racer, Broderick Thompson. He earned his first career World Cup podium in December 2021 when he finished third in the super-G in Beaver Creek, Colorado. He had come out of the 35th start position to become the first Canadian man to stand on a World Cup alpine podium in more than four years.  This was a high mark in his comeback from the devastating knee injury he had suffered in 2018.
    Performing at the highest level after a major setback, such as a long-term injury, requires more than physical rehab. It is only possible for athletes who have a winning mentality and love the sport they are in. Such a mentality allows athletes to remain disciplined while rehabbing for many months and sometimes several years.
    Tune in and listen to episode 7 of season 2 of Unspoken Bravery. Broderick and I discuss the role that team dynamics play in helping athletes perform better. Broderick also shares his journey to the podium after a devastating injury and the role his competitive spirit played in that journey.
    In this episode, you will learn:
    Broderick’s journey to recovery from a knee injury (04:31)How a competitive mindset within the team helps Broderick (20:10)Broderick’s source of confidence (29:57)The importance of taking baby steps when rehabbing from injury (36:54)Broderick’s post-rehab podium experience (44:22)
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Whitmcclintock ,

Erin is one in a million

She shines so bright. She’s beautiful inside & out. She’s always been an inspiration. I love listening to the show. And so thankful for her passion project ♥️

Grateful Emily ,

So Brave and Powerful

Erin shows us the value of how her bravery has led to he biggest life lessons creating a beautiful resiliency. She is a superhero in her own right. I look forward to learning from you and your guests.

TBGPhD ,

Inspiration for all

Erin reminds us that rest is a strategy not a weakness. I her podcast she inspires us all- men, women, boys, girls, athletes and arm-chair quarterbacks. She also gives a peak behind the veil of the pain and struggles before, between, and after the glory of the podium.

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