Flame Bearers

Flame Bearers

Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts. We spotlight some of our world’s greatest master of resiliency & arms listeners with tips + calls to action for how we can all better stand together.



Caster Semenya (South Africa): Who Decides Who's Female and Why?

Nov. 19, 2021

It’s been a while since the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, but we wanted to amplify and celebrate a voice the world missed in Japan. 2x Olympic gold medalist and 3x World Champion runner, Caster S...

Kamila Dosmalova (Kazakhstan): Being the Only Woman on the National Team

Sept. 1, 2021

Kamila started taekwondo when she was 9 years old and was the only girl on the team; years later, she's still the only woman, this time on Kazakhstan's Parataekwondo Paralympic team. In this episode, we speak with Kamila an…

Jessica Long (USA): Perfection, Faith & Paraswimming

Aug. 18, 2021

Jessica Long is one of the most successful athletes in Paralympic Games' history, holding 23 medals with 13 of them being gold. As she heads into her fifth Paralympics, Jessica shares that while her gold medals are "super c…

Ni Nengah Widiasih (Indonesia): Para Powerlifting & Her Support System

Aug. 4, 2021

At the age of four, Ni Negah Widiasih lost use of her legs at age four due to polio. In Rio she made history, becoming Indonesia's first Paralympic powerlifting medalist. Ni Negah is a firm believer that 'You were born to st…

Jacqueline Simoneau (Canada): Artistic Swimming, Family & Friends

July 21, 2021

In this episode, we speak with 4X Pan American Games' gold medallist and soon to be 2X Canadian Olympic Jacqueline Simoneau. At home, she's Jacqueline and in the pool, she goes by Jackie. We hear how her journey to the Olymp…

Deja Young (USA): Mental Health & Choosing Life

June 23, 2021

Being a "non traditional athlete" with brachial plexus has never held Deja back. Even though her condition was caused by medical malpractice during her birth, this 2x Paralympic gold medalist (100m & 200m) says she wouldn't …