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Inspiration and motivation from the Olympics with interviews from the world's best athletes. Discover the mentalilty it takes to succeed in one of the planet's toughest tests: the Olympic Games. Whether it's wrestling, swimming, figure skating, weightlifting, or gymnastics - the Olympic Channel Podcast will have you living your best life in no time. Hosted by Ed Knowles, past guests include four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles, Olympic champion wrestler Jordan Burroughs, world champion sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, and double Olympic champion cyclist Kristina Vogel.

184 Episodes
Olympic champion and two-time World Cup winner Kelley O'Hara uses her Olympic memories as a launch pad to talk about the winning mentality in the United States Women's National Team. She believes elite mindset can be learned, and a good team spirit doesn't just happen without work. Plus, she sums up some of her teammates in one word.Anita Asante episodePreview article on Netherlands game
It's been a long and torturous time on the sidelines for Clarisse Agbegnenou. The Olympic silver medallist and four-time world champion is back in action at the European Championships this week. She sat down with the Olympic Channel Podcast to talk horoscopes, her dramatic start to life, and the difference between confidence and ambition.Article about the 2020 European Judo Championships.SUBSCRIBE for inspiring interviews about the Olympics every Wednesday.
Father of three, Andy Wright, stepped away from tennis for six years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.A chance meeting with Tristan Hessing led to a community tennis project. Now, Andy is back playing.We talk friendship, kindness, and how playing sport can have unexpected consequences.“[You have to] find a way to manage and cope and move forward.“I hope that's what I've done. I hope I can do it again.”Find more episodes and ways to subscribe at
Fencer Monica Aksamit grew up in New Jersey in the USA. Against the odds, she took an Olympic bronze medal home from Rio 2016. She's crowdfunded plane tickets, competed with a fractured back, adopted stray dogs in Peru, and has her eyes focused on success at Tokyo 2020.Her fast-talking personality recounts a life story filled with laughter, dedication, and kindness."Stubborn is a quality most people don't really want. But I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for my stubbornness.... I definitely don't give up."Head to for more.
She landed a backflip at the Olympics in 1998 to cap a memorable career. French figure skating legend Surya Bonaly wants to be remembered as a pioneer - not as a rebel. She talks about her refusal to go on the podium in 1994 World Championships, discrimination as a black skater, and why she never gave up."It is important to follow what you think is good for you... even if it's hard."Subscribe at
We spoke to 2020 U.S. National silver medallist Mariah Bell, Olympic medallist Adam Rippon, Olympic champion Meryl Davis, and figure skating expert Jackie Wong to find their views on a question that has dominated the sport for decades.
Londoner Anita Asante has travelled the world as a professional football player. She's a Champions League winner who has picked up trophies in England, Sweden, and the USA - even meeting Barack Obama. The 2012 Olympian is an engaged supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and is currently playing for Aston Villa in the WSL.She spoke about her all-conquering Arsenal side, the recent incident with San Diego Loyal coach Landon Donovan, and more.If you like this week then try our other episode with Ashlyn Harris and Ali KriegerFor most inspirational stories from the Olympics, head to the
Olympian and life coach Michelle Griffith-Robinson has made her life full of positivity. Ahead of World Mental Health Day, she shared some practical and easily implementable tips for self-improvement.WHO World Mental Health Day resourcesAthlete 365Advice on sleepDavid Weir episode
Double Olympic champion, former marathon world record holder, and athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie gives his assessment of the highly anticipated face-off between Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele at the 2020 London Marathon.Plus, he talks about his famous win at Sydney 2000 against his rival (and friend) Paul Tergat and his thoughts on new 5,000m world record holder Joshua Cheptegei.For more interviews head to
South Africa's Bianca Buitendag qualified for the Olympics as surfing makes its first appearance at the Games at Tokyo 2020. Bianca talks about the 'terrifying' world of professional surfing, coming back from family tragedy, and surfing in Japan.Head to for more than 100 episode featuring surfers like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, and Owen Wright.
Mind games are everywhere in sport but swimming offers the chance for reflection like no other sport. Hours spent in the pool every day led to double Lilly King honing some winning mental techniques. "I like to win the race before it starts."Find out the story behind the world records, the Yulia Efimova finger wag, and more.
He's never content with his achievements. So even after setting a new world record in the 5,000m, Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei is looking for the next challenge. He speaks about uploading his runs to Strava, how he struggled for motivation during the pandemic, and why Olympic gold is his number one dream. Plus, tells us why his idol is Olympic champion marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge.Head to for more.
Melissa Stockwell became the first US female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War in 2004. In 2016, she realised a dream by standing on the podium in Rio to receive a Paralympic bronze medal in triathlon."I look back at the last 16 years after losing my leg, and I have done more with my life with one leg than I ever would have done with two."She opens up about her epic sporting career, emotional heartaches, and shares some mental techniques for coping with difficult situations.For more episodes - head to
Four-time Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles joined the Olympic Channel to talk about her COVID-19 challenges, receiving a call from Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and what she has been working on since her return to the gym.The interview was part of our one year to go celebrations. For more interview with Simone and over 100 more amazing Olympians - head to
The list of challenges that taekwondo Team GB star Lutalo Muhammad has faced is long: selection controversy, hate mail, a last gasp defeat at Rio 2016 and changing weight divisions.Lutalo gave some lucid advice in how to take responsibility in order to be a top achiever.This episode is the final in a special series with Olympic champion decathlete Daley Thompson as co-host. To celebrate 40 years since Daley won his first Olympic title in Moscow, we've chosen one athlete from each decade - the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010 - to see how they chase their dream, no matter what.The Olympic Channel Podcast is brought to you by Bridgestone - Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic partner.Head to for more information.
Britain's most decorated female Olympian, Katherine Grainger, chats to Bridgestone ambassador Daley Thompson about her rowing career, why she never uses the word 'sacrifice' and how she chases her dream, no matter what.Daley is joining the podcast as co-host for special series of four episodes. One athlete from each decade, the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010s.The Olympic Channel Podcast is brought to you by Bridgestone - Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic partner.Head to for more information.
Olympic champion heptathlete Denise Lewis is joined by Bridgestone ambassador, and friend, Daley Thompson for an in depth chat.Daley is joining the podcast as co-host for a special series of four episodes. One athlete from each decade, the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010s.Denise talks about her battle against serious injury to win gold in 2000, her mental struggles with the British media before 2004, and how she chases her dreams, no matter what.The Olympic Channel Podcast is brought to you by Bridgestone - Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic partner.Head to for more information.
He inspired generations of athletes from across the world. Double Olympic champion Daley Thompson joined us to celebrate 40 years since the Brit won his first Olympic gold medal in decathlon at Moscow 1980. The Bridgestone ambassador takes a look back on his glittering career, explains how to become resilient, and why he never stretches. Daley is joining the podcast for special series of four episodes. One athlete from each decade, the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010s, will give their insights on how they chased their dreams, no matter what. The Olympic Channel Podcast is brought to you by Bridgestone - Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic partner. Head to for more information.
Rugby 7s player Carlin Isles is so fast that he wants a place on the USA track team. Isles gives insight into his 'warrior mindset' and how the USA rugby bankrupcy is affecting the team. Plus, we ask him how he balances all his training for his huge goals.
Artists have been drawn to sport as inspiration for generations. The Olympic Channel Podcast spoke to South African-based artist Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi about how sport and art intertact, Simone Biles, Serena Williams, and racism. "These public figures who are under scrutiny and they are excellent... can we also allow them vulnerability? Can we allow them rest? Can we allow them to be human?"For more episodes - head to
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