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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.

164 Episodes
Russia's Svetlana Romashina has dominated her sport for over a decade. After Rio 2016, she gave birth to a daughter and is aiming to make a comeback to win more Olympic titles at Tokyo 2020. The five-time Olympic champion talks mentality, winning, and her favourite figure skaters.Find more episode at
After the spread of COVID-19, Olympic champion and Virtual Tour of Flanders winner Greg Van Avermaet thinks top-level indoor cycling is here to stay. As elite sport returns, we ask how the coronavirus pandemic has changed competition. We speak to two-time Olympian Ashleigh Moolman Pasio about the unexpected benefits to women's cycling. Plus, tech guru Wim Sweldens gives his reasons why the indoors will never replace the outdoors.
Skater Lizzie Armanto is the first woman to complete Tony Hawk's incredible 360 loop. She joins the Olympic Channel Podcast to talk Finland, skateboarding, and Sky Brown. Plus, we have the best bits from our Olympic Day workouts. Go to for more episodes and to subscribe.
Coronavirus has meant families have spent months apart. These three IOC Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders have spent years without seeing their loved onesTo celebrate World Refugee Day, Tokyo 2020 hopefuls Yonas Kinde, Abdullah Sediqui, and 'Taking Refuge' athlete Khaoula share their reasons why sport has helped them through the tough times.Head to for more episodes
Gymnastics coach and French Olympian Cecile Landi works with four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles at her gym in Houston, Texas. She spoke about the Tokyo 2020 postponement, why she's prouder of her coaching career than her athletic career, and the all-around strength of Biles.
The 2019 freestyle wrestling world champion is partially deaf and suffered from depression but has found a way to thrive. Speaking before the protests in the USA, J'den talks candidly about Tokyo 2020 postponement, mental health, and his rivalry with team-mate Kyle Snyder.For more go to
Pride month is usually a time for parades and parties. But COVID-19 means most events are postponed or cancelled. To help sooth the sadness, we have found some of the most inspiring stories across the Olympic world to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community. Featuring Adam Rippon, Amber Glenn, Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris, and Keala Kennelly.For more amazing interviews head to
British triathlete and double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee is usually very busy. With all competition paused, he found time to join the podcast for a look back on an incredible career and his epic moment of brotherly love. Plus, how to make the perfect cup of tea.For more episodes go to
Athletes and coaches have spoken to us from isolation about their inspiring stories and techniques for staying calm. We speak to runner Derek Redmond, figure skater Mirai Nagasu, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, coaches Brian Orser and Jerzy Gregorek.For more information and episodes go to
Claressa is an undefeated professional boxer and two-time Olympic champion. Her life story is being made into a Hollywood movie. It's no surprise. Her early life in Flint, Michigan, was not easy: a speech impediment, sexual abuse, and suicidal thoughts. Just a few years after taking up boxing, Claressa became Olympic champion for the first time aged just 17. After her second Olympic title, she turned pro and remains unbeaten after 10 fights. She is, simply, one of the greatest boxers of her generation. "I look like I haven't been through anything when I've endured a lot." For more information head to
Imagine not spending one birthday with your family for over a decade. This was the price of success for Malaysian diver Pandelela Rinong Pamg. Her life on the road has left her lonely. The two-time Olympic medallist has been on coronavirus lockdown with her brother - catching up on some overdue family time.For more episodes, videos, and more:
The world record at the 2020 London Marathon looked to be under threat. But the world will have to wait for another attempt after the coronavirus pandemic meant a postponement of the race until October 4. The Olympic Channel Podcast caught up with Kipchoge and his rival Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia to talk future plans and world record attempts.More info at:
The Ireland Rugby 7s team have a celebrity in their ranks. Greg O'Shea won top UK reality TV show 'Love Island'. But rather than cash in on his new celebrity status, Greg has stuck with his Olympic dream. He wants his country to qualify for the Olympics in Rugby 7s for the first time.Find out more here:
Paralympic sprinter Scout Bassett was nearly eight years old when she left the Chinese orphange she called home. She moved to a small town in Michigan where she was the only person in the country with a disability. The American has beaten the odds to become a successful athlete. But she's clear: this is no Cinderella story. Speaking from her apartment during the coronavirus lockdown, Scout gives us some tips on how to face adversity.LINKS:Scout Bassett InstagramOlympic Channel InstagramEd Knowles TwitterSakura Kokumai episodeSite:
The sporting world is on pause due to the coronavirus. Like with most other sports, there are no surfing events at the moment. But Stephanie Gilmore spoke to us before the COVID-19 situation became so serious. In a wide-ranging interview, she talks about fighting for gender equality, how she stays smiling, and how she recovered from a physical attack in her home in 2010.LINKSStephanie Gilmore InstagramOlympic Channel InstagramAsh Tulloch TwitterEd Knowles TwitterKelly Slater episode
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the plans of the globe. Massive parts of the population have been advised to stay at home. The Olympic Channel Podcast spoke to karate athlete Sakura Kokumai of the USA. Like countless other athletes across the planet, she's training from home now. Sakura talks about losing her sensei to pancreatic cancer and gives an amazing monologue about why you should never give up."I know that once things clear up, opportunities will show. That's one thing I really, truly believe in."LINKSSakura Kokumai InstagramEd Knowles TwitterOlympic Channel InstagramPita Taufatofua episode
British boxing star Nicola Adams won everything there was in the sport: double Olympic champion, world champion, and undefeated as a professional. She retired from boxing but has retained her winning smile. We remember the epic London 2012 final with a blow-by-blow account. Plus, the Olympic Channel Podcast challenges Nicola to gargle her favourite songs.LINKSNicola Adams Instagram Olympic Channel Instagram Ed Knowles Twitter Wladimir Klitschko episode
Olympic medallists Evgenia Medvedeva, Adam Rippon, Javier Fernandez, and Meryl Davis gave their advice on dealing with the drama of competition in figure skating. The Olympic Channel Podcast wanted to know how they retained their focus to win their Olympic medals. LINKSStephane Lambiel episodeOlympic Channel InstagramEd Knowles Instagram
U.S. gymnasts Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez were part of the all-conquering 'Final Five' at Rio 2016. We have exclusive interviews with both ahead of their big Olympic year. Biles talk about her 2020 goals, the double double into the sea, and not remembering records. Laurie has been away from gymnastics for two years but is hoping to make the Olympic team.LINKSOlympic Channel InstagramScott Bregman TwitterEd Knowles TwitterKristie Phillips episode
South African athlete Luvo Manyonga specialises in long jump. He's an Olympic silver medallist and a world champion. But an addiction to methamphetamine meant his life on and off the field came close to irreversible ruin.LINKS:Annimari Korte podcastLuvo Manyonga instagramEvelyn Watta TwitterEd Knowles TwitterOlympic Channel Instagram
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