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Keep the Flame Alive

Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown

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Keep the Flame Alive is the podcast for fans of the Olympics and Paralympics. Each week co-hosts Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown keep you up-to-date on the worlds of the Olympics and Paralympics through interviews with athletes, Gamesmakers, historians and more. We're the cure to your case of Olympic Fever. Give us a call: 208-FLAME-IT.
 
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We hear from TKFLASTANI archery judge Hannah Brown and TKFLASTANI artistic swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau on their experiences at Tokyo 2020. Plus, a big week for Team Keep the Flame Alive (TKFLASTAN) and news on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Also, if you want to hear a fantastic interview with TKFLASTANI speed skater Erin Jackson, check out our f…
 
It’s time for our last Movie Club of 2021! Film Buff Fran is back to discuss the 2017 movie “I, Tonya,” which is on the scandal surrounding the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan ahead of the Lillehammer 1994 Olympics, which was found to be tied to her rival Tonya Harding. Will we feel sympathy for Tonya Harding after watching a film based on h…
 
We always love it when TKFLASTANIS come back on the show, so we're thrilled that modern pentathlete Samantha Schultz had some time to chat with us about her experiences in Tokyo. We talk with Samantha about competing in the heat, life in the Olympic Village (how were those beds?), and how the post-Olympic lows have been, as well as what's on tap fo…
 
This week we're joined by Wayne Lamarre, who will be traveling to Beijing 2022 as an athlete trainer on the US women's ice hockey team's support staff. Wayne is the is a Clinical Professor and the Director, Athletic Training Program at the University of New England. He is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and has served on the medical staff for th…
 
All of our TKFLASTANIS are very dear to us, but Citizen #1 will have a special place in our hearts. Bobsledder Josh Williamson, winner of the first season of Team USA's "The Next Olympic Hopeful" was our first interviewee, and now he returns, on the cusp of fulfilling his "Next Olympic Hopeful" goals and making it to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic…
 
We’re getting into winter mode, so it’s time to explore some of the winter sports ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. On this episode, Paralympic hopeful Michael Murphy joins us to talk about his sport of para Alpine skiing, and more specifically, how his class of sit-skiing works. Find out more about Michael at his website a…
 
We welcome back TKFLASTANI author Harry Blutstein to talk about his latest book Games of Discontent: Protests, Boycotts, and Politics at the 196 Mexico Olympics. We discuss a few of the protests during these Games - the infamous Tommie Smith/John Carlos podium protest, of course, but also protests by Czechoslovakian gymnast Věra Čáslavská. And yes,…
 
Book Club Claire is back to discuss our latest selection: Sevens Heaven by Ben Ryan. As you may remember from Episode 193, Ben coached the Fijian men's rugby sevens team to (spoiler alert) win Fiji's first-ever Olympic gold medal. His book is the story of all of the work that went into achieving that victory. Haven't read it but now want to? Get yo…
 
Surprise! The world did not stop while the Olympics and Paralympics were going on, so there is a ton of news to catch up on! We've got the latest International Olympic Committee dealings with AIBA, the international boxing association (still a testy relationship), as well as the International Paralympic Committee's latest step toward an updated cla…
 
Sigh. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic cauldron has been extinguished - but not before some last thrilling competitions take place! Today's program includes the final medals being awarded in: Athletics - marathon Badminton Shooting Sitting Volleyball Wheelchair Basketball Plus, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee put together a fun Closing Ceremony. Paris…
 
It's the penultimate day of our Tokyo 2020 coverage, and the Paralympics are going out with some incredible competitions and match-ups, particularly in Athletics, Football Five-a-Side, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis, Badminton, Canoe....well, pretty much the entire day was fantastic to watch! Plus, we've got our "Feed Beef" segment - or i…
 
More competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are coming to a close, but surprisingly, our Feed Beefs segment is stronger than ever. What will it take to get good Paralympics coverage? We've got suggestions. Plus results from: Archery Athletics Badminton Boccia Canoe Sprint Cycling-Road Goalball Shooting Sitting Volleyball Swimming Table Tennis -…
 
CORRECTION: In the women's wheelchair basketball competition, we said the US defeated China 41-36, when in fact, China won this game. China will face Netherlands for the gold medal. The US will play Germany for the bronze. We regret this error. It's Day 10 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, which means the team events are starting to wind down. But, th…
 
The action at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics keeps getting better....or maybe we're just seeing the same races over and over, thanks to the joys of NBC's coverage. We're starting to see some new sports come up on the feeds, and Alison has found a replacement for the rugby wheelchair-sized hole in her heart! Today's sports program includes: Archery Athl…
 
It's been an exciting day of sports competition from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Brazil showed off its passion and footwork in football five-a-side, goalball had an amazing outcome, and Jill got to see boccia....well, sort of. Plus, we let you know which swimming race you're going to see 47 times in the next 24 hours. All of this, plus: - recaps fr…
 
We finally got to see a new sport today! Sitting Volleyball has made its way to our feeds, and we're here for it! It's a 13-sport day, so our recap includes talk on: Archery Athletics Boccia Equestrian Football 5-a-side Goalball Powerlifting Shooting Sitting Volleyball Swimming Table Tennis Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Tennis Only a few days le…
 
The Tokyo 2020 wheelchair rugby tournament is over, which makes Alison very sad (she may have watched both medal bouts twice); however, a new team sport has started that looks to also be incredibly fun to watch! Today's action includes: Archery Athletics Boccia Equestrian Football 5-a-side Goalball Judo Powerlifting Rowing Sitting Volleyball Swimmi…
 
Alison is back, and things are heating up in Tokyo -- literally. Some sports have heat delays! The heat's a bigger issue with Paralympians, and we'll explain why. Also, 17 sports on today's event program: Archery Athletics Boccia Cycling Track Equestrian Goalball Judo Powerlifting Rowing Sitting Volleyball Swimming Table Tennis - with TKFLASTANI Me…
 
On today's recap of all of the action from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, we welcome Superfan Sarah as our guest co-host! Sarah and Jill give the lowdown on the results from today's 15 sports. Also, you should be watching goalball. Today's sport program includes: Archery Athletics Cycling - Track Equestrian Judo Powerlifting Rowing Sitting Volleyball …
 
We're finding feeds and watching lots of sports, and it's fantastic! Catch up on Day 3 action at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Today's coverage includes: Cycling - Track Equestrian Goalball Powerlifting (not that you can watch it) Swimming Table Tennis - TKFLASTANI Millie Tapper played again today Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Fencing (not that yo…
 
It's the first day of Paralympic action from Tokyo....not that we could figure out how to see much of it. We've got a big beef with NBC, some new-found appreciation for wheelchair rugby, and even kind things to say about Mike and Maya. Today's coverage includes: Cycling - Track Goalball Swimmming Table Tennis - with TKFLASTANI Millie Tapper Wheelch…
 
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are here! We're back with our daily coverage of all of the action, starting with today's Opening Ceremonies. Was there a performance? Did it make sense? Did it tug at our heartstrings? How were the Parade of Nations uniforms? And how many tissues does it take to get through a cauldron lighting? All this and more! Join in …
 
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are over, but they can live on in our hearts and memories! Contributors Superfan Sarah and Book Club Claire join us to talk about our Top 5 Tokyo Olympic moments and what we're looking forward to watching during the Paralympics. We also have a "Where's Marnie?" update. Marnie McBean - Chef du Mission for life! And we have on…
 
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