Flame Bearers

Flame Bearers

Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Blazing the Trail to Beijing 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.



Mialitiania Clerc (Madagascar): Being the First Malagasy & Alpine Skiing

Jan. 26, 2022

Mialitiana (Mia) is the first woman Winter Olympian from Madagascar and her goal is to "inspire all Africans." While she grew up in France with her adoptive parents, a big part of Mia's identity is...

Mariama Jamanka (Germany): the Underdog Gold Medal Bobsled Queen

Jan. 19, 2022

Reigning Olympic gold medalist, Mariama Jamanka never thought the words 'Olympic Champion' would apply to her, as a relative newcomer to bobsledding and as a member of the former 2nd German sled. I...

Bradie Tennell (USA): Making the Tough Calls

Jan. 12, 2022

US Olympic bronze medalist and 2X National Champion figure skater, Bradie Tennell has already made a career out of breaking records…and unfortunately her feet. As of Dec. 31 2021, (just after this...

Akzhana Abdikarmova (ROC): The Invisibility of Disability & Biathlon

Jan. 5, 2022

To kick off Season 2, we speak with 2x Russian Paralympian (soon to be 3x), biathlete and wheelchair racer, Akzhana Abdikarmova. She shares what it means to represent the Russian Olympic Committee...

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 and…