From figure skating to gymnastics, we bring you the top Olympic talk around Tokyo 2020 with the biggest name athletes.
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Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele
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 Eliud Kipchoge and his rival Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia to talk future plans and world record attempts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Figure skaters on haters
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.
Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez
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.
Boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko
The Ukrainian boxing legend joined the Olympic Channel ahead of the Tokyo 2020 qualification tournaments to talk about his memories from Atlanta 1996, Muhammad Ali and Anthony Joshua.
Dina Asher-Smith is often pictured with a huge smile. The British runner had plenty to smile about in 2019. A fantastic season was capped by becoming a world champion in the 200m in Doha. Dina spoke to the Olympic Channel Podcast about Tokyo 2020, the new plans for the Diamond League, and jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Figure skaters Mariah Bell and Adam Rippon
The crowd went wild for Mariah Bell at the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Her routine had the audience on their feet and Mariah with tears of joy. Coach and mentor Adam Rippon joined her on the Olympic Channel Podcast to dissect how the 23-year-old has gone from second alternate for PyeongChang 2018 to top U.S. pick for the world championships.