Are you feeling the excitement of the Olympics yet? While I've got some major concerns about the health of the athletes (this is unreal!) I'm pretty darn excited for the Games to kick off this Friday. Until then, I'll be listening to these ten great podcast episodes on repeat...
The Legend of Pre from The Runner's World Show [July 7, 2016, 49 minutes]. A fantastic upload on the legendary life of Steve Prefontaine, who once held every American track record between 2,000 and 10,000 meters.
Olympic Stories from The Australian Podcasts [July 19, 2016, 17 minutes]. Australian Olympians share their favorite memories of the Games with senior sports journalist Nicole Jeffery, who's been covering the event since 1992.
Rising Stars: Mariya Koroleva, Synchronized Swimming from Sports Illustrated At The Games [July 29, 2016, 28 minutes]. Mariya Koroleva remembers her first years competing in synchronized swimming as a young immigrant from Russia. Now, she's headed to the Olympics for the second time as a member of Team U.S.A.
Cut and Run from Radiolab [Nov. 1, 2013, 25 minutes]. In one of the most memorable Radiolab uploads I've ever heard, the crew examines the factors that make Kenyan runners in the Kalenjin tribe so extraordinary.
Olympians Are Chosen by the Gods — Billy Mills from Creating Our Own Lives [May 20, 2016, 10 minutes]. Olympian Billy Mills — the only American to ever win gold in the 10,000 meter race — talks about running as his spiritual practice.
From Flint to Rio from Radio Diaries [July 27, 2016, 24 minutes]. As Olympic gold medal-winning boxer Claressa Shields prepares for Rio, she looks back at her road to London four years ago, when she was just sixteen.
A Social History of the Olympic Games from The Brian Lehrer Show [Aug. 1, 2016, 16 minutes]. Host Brian Lehrer and author David Goldblatt — the sportswriter who wrote the book on the Olympic Games — discuss the event's role in modern history.
Jesse Owens and the Nazi Olympics from BBC Radio 4's Things We Forgot to Remember [Nov. 22, 2010, 27 minutes]. Reporter Michael Portillo looks back at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany, when Jesse Owens made history by taking home more gold medals than any other athlete.
Silver and Gold from Hidden Brain [Aug. 2, 2016, 22 minutes]. A fascinating listen about the universal nature of athletes' responses to victory and defeat, according to professor of psychology and former Olympic judo coach David Matsumoto.
Countdown To Rio from Podcast Playlist from CBC Radio [July 29, 2016, 54 minutes]. Six incredible Olympic tales from Back Story, Voices on Anti-Semitism, Stuff You Missed in History Class, and other great podcasts.
Did I miss any great episodes featuring Olympic stories? If so, I'd love to know down in the comments or via email!