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WGN’s Ryan Burrow hosts “Quest For Gold,” a weekly update on preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games in this podcast from Chicago's Very Own, 720 WGN.
65 Episodes
On Quest for Gold…the last before Tokyo 2020! Competitions are already underway as we await opening ceremonies.  And we’ve already seen athlete protests. One American volleyball player has already been ruled out of the games due to COVID-19. The USWNT is stunned by an old foe. Softball is back. A host city for the 2032 […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold… A positive COVID test for US Women’s gymnastics. Coco Gauff won’t be able to make the trip. A major sponsor pulls out of the Games. ‘Debunking’ Olympic Village no sex beds rumor. And on this week’s Quest for Gold athlete spotlight we talk with Olympic hurdler David Kendziera.  He’s […]
This week on Quest for Gold… The full Team USA roster for the Tokyo Games has been announced, and we know what they’ll be wearing! There are new rules on medal ceremonies. The families of American athletes may still get an Olympic experience. A few big-name athletes won’t be going to Tokyo after all. On […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold… The IOC makes a decision on Tokyo fans A member of the Serbian Olympic team has tested positive for COVID-19. USATF responds to the Sha’Carri Richardson suspension. Naomi Osaka speaks out about mental health. And we talk with Stefanie Dolson, center for the Chicago Sky.  She qualified for the […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold… Nursing athletes will be allowed to bring their infants to Tokyo. The USA men’s basketball, gymnastics, golf, and tennis rosters are set. Baseball, judo, and water polo teams will be announced soon. And in our athlete spotlight we talk with fencer Eliza Stone.  The Chicago native and Princeton grad […]
This week on Quest for Gold… Olympic rosters are being filled on team sports. USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovsky has selected his 18-woman roster for Japan.  There are a lot of familiar names. We’ll know by next week who will be heading to Tokyo in gymnastics. Japan has announced capacity limits. The pandemic may have […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold… The IOC is out with its new 70-page “Playbook” for athletes.  Check it out here: The U.S. Women’s Rugby and Men’s Volleyball teams have been announced. The U.S. Swimming trials are wrapping up, the Track and Field Trials are kicking off. Some decisions are being made on the Olympics […]
This week on Quest for Gold… There’s a new lead city to host the 2032 games. USA Basketball has a new partner, and a training camp site. MLB broadcaster Jason Benetti just picked up a second summer job. And this week we talk USA Baseball with manager Mike Scioscia.  He lead Team USA through an […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold… For the first time ever a USA Basketball team does NOT qualify for the Olympics. USA Baseball must keep winning. The U.S. Olympic Swimming trials get underway in Omaha. 10,000 Japanese volunteers  have backed out of the Olympic games. And in this week’s athlete spotlight we reconnect with Evita […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold: The IOC is banking on 70% vaccination of athletes prior to the games. The U.S. is telling people NOT to travel to Japan…for now. One Japanese newspaper wants the country to call off the games. This is a big week for qualifying. in baseball, 3×3 basketball, and swimming. And […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold: Some familiar names are back on the gymnastics mat for the first time in years. USA Baseball prepares to name a roster ahead of qualification. An Olympic and social justice legend dies. In our athlete spotlight this week we talk with triple jumper Tori Franklin (Chicago, IL).  Tori has […]
This week on Quest for Gold: More rumors and doubts about the safety of the upcoming games. The U.S. might have a new Japan ambassador before the opening ceremonies DK Metcalf put on a show last weekend but probably isn’t Tokyo bound. And in our athlete spotlight we talk with Jeff Jendryk (Wheaton, IL).  He’s […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold:  Japan needs nurses and medical professionals for the games. USA Baseball has a qualification schedule, but still no roster. Zach LaVine is back on the NBA court after testing positive for COVID-19.  He’s hoping to make Team USA this summer. And in this week’s athlete spotlight, we talk to […]
This week on Quest for Gold: Japan releases its newest playbook, which provide guidelines for athlete, coach and official testing. The Japanese public still isn’t sold on holding a safe Olympic games. And on this week’s athlete spotlight we talk with USA Judo’s Nefeli Papadakis.  This Illinois 22-year-old is back to competing after an eight-month […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold: The USWNT gets a tough draw in Tokyo. An arrest has been made after an Olympic hopeful was harassed. Team USA weighs in on the Chauvin trial. The IOC weighs in on athlete protests. And we talk with three-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Ryan Murphy about what the last […]
In this week’s Quest for Gold… Another Japanese leader plants a seed of doubt about the Summer Games The USWNT keeps its unbeaten streak alive. More members of Team USA qualify for Tokyo. And we talk with “Sister Survivor” Trinea Gonczar about growing up training under former USA Gymnastics coach John Geddert and convicted abuser […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold… USA Baseball has a new manager. The White House is shooting down calls to boycott the 2022 Winter Games in Chicago. We get an update on Tiger Woods’ horrific crash. And this week we took part in the three-day long Team USA Media Summit.  We caught up with athletes […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold… The torch relay won’t go through Osaka, Japan due because of COVID-19. Another disappointment for US Men’s Soccer. USA Hockey has a new GM. As Olympic trials get underway in Texas, wrestler Robby Smith could use your help following the birth of his son. And we talk with Olympic […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold… The Olympic Torch is on the move in Japan. It’s official, no international fans at the Summer Games. It’s a huge weekend for the USMNT in its Olympic bid. Megan Rapinoe was at the White House this week. And in our athlete spotlight we chat with USA Rugby star, […]
On this week’s Quest for Gold… The U-23 US Men’s Soccer team looks to qualify a bid for Tokyo at Concacaf. April Ross and Alix Klineman grab some big points as they look to qualify a bid for Beach Volleyball. U.S. Senator Mitt Romney weighs in on calls for the U.S. to boycott the upcoming […]
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