Flame Bearers

Flame Bearers

Flame Bearers is the first and only global storytelling platform for women Olympians and Paralympians. We celebrate the journeys of unsung athletes alongside household names. We use sport as a conduit for social justice issues and provide action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts.




Athlete Follow Up: Manasi Joshi (India): Looking Ahead to Paris

Feb. 1, 2023

We met Manasi Joshi in Season 1, when she discussed losing her leg, rehabbing through badminton, and disability policy in India. Today, we follow up with Manasi since our last conversation in the f...

Sneak Peek: Manasi Joshi

Jan. 31, 2023

Sneak peek of our upcoming episode with Manasi Joshi, #1 in Parabadminton singles and doubles. This episode is an Athlete Follow Up with Manasi, who we spotlighted in Season 1. If you would like to...

Liu Jiayu (China): Prioritizing Happiness in the Half-Pipe

Jan. 18, 2023

Liu Jiayu goes by Birdie because of the height she gets in the half-pipe -- she FLIES. That said, it hasn't always this way. Liu Jiayu started snowboarding at age 11 when the sport didn't really ex...

Sneek Peak: Liu Jiayu

Jan. 12, 2023

We heard from quite a few of you that you liked our sneek peaks of upcoming episodes, so given our bi-weekly publishing schedule, we'll drop trailers for who is next in the off weeks. Next week...

Sneek Peak: Manasi Joshi

Jan. 7, 2023

Sneak peek of next week's episode with Manasi Joshi. Episode launches, Wednesday, 2/1.

Alejandra Aybar (Dominican Republic): Swimming Through Adversity

Jan. 4, 2023

We met Alejandra when she did a Flame Bearers social media takeover in the lead up to the Tokyo Paralympics, showing us a day in her life. Alejandra now shares her more including how she went from ...

Holiday Break & Sneak Peek of Alejandra Aybar

Dec. 28, 2022

We want to honor Alejandra's story to the best of our abilities, so because of the holidays and New Year, we will publish her episode next Wednesday, 1/4. That said, here’s a bit of what you can ex...

Dr. Seun Adigun (Nigeria): Fighting for African Representation

Dec. 14, 2022

Dr. Seun Adigun is the first African to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. She spearheaded the first female bobsled team from her country, and track and field runner but that’s not al...

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Director of Brand and Partnerships

We welcome Director of Brand and Partnerships Marissa Potter to our Flame Bearers


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Our Flame Bearers

Whatever their role, they all make a difference in our lives. Ergo, we call them "Our Flame bearers."

About the Hosts

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Learning Design Lead

Elizabeth Michael is a professionally trained broadcast journalist passionate and curious about storytelling. She is a seasoned bibliomaniac and audiophile enthusiastic about women in sports and is dedicated to using her explorative storytelling style to voice out for them.
Elizabeth believes that women are an integral part of society. This belief strengthens her commitment to Flame Bearers as she continues celebrating and creating more stories about women who achieve great things despite the odds.
Her devotion extends beyond sports. She's also a tremendous African culture promoter who aims at elevating African voices and changing the narratives of how people see the black continent.

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Ravij Ranjan Rap, is a professional freelance Video Editor and a storyteller. Driven by his passion for film editing and ads, Ravi currently pursues his Masters in film editing at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, India.
Ravi is an everyday knowledge seeker who finds solace in sports. He’s a jolly fellow whose professionalism has gotten him into association with various similar minds worldwide, with whom he has continued to impact positively in their lives.
Ravi's love for Flame Bearers extends from the beauty of the game and the story of each sports game. He always seeks exciting opportunities to discuss sports and is open to learning.

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Director of Brands and Partnerships

Marissa Potter: Believing in sports and that it connects us all, Marissa Potter has dedicated her life to sportsmanship and teamwork.
She’s passionate about working in a team with people who, like her, are prompt and active in achieving any set objectives. With that in mind, she’s committed to helping and growing mission-driven companies with inclusion, sports, and health & wellness at their forefront.
With over seven years in community engagement and brand building in the sports industry and partnerships with several Boston-based nonprofits, she has learned, developed, and improved critical skill sets that distinguish her, including supervision & team building.
She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a BA in Sociology and Boston University’s Questrom School of Business with an MBA in Business Administration & Management, General.

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Jamie Mittelman


Jamie is an outdoors-loving, chocolate-consuming advocate for all things gender and policy. She holds a Master in Public Administration candidate from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), where with the support of Harvard University's Innovation Lab and Women and Public Policy Program, Jamie launched the first and only global storytelling platform for women Olympians and Paralympians. She also co-chaired the HKS women's conference with virtual and in person iterations. She also has her MBA from Dartmouth's (Tuck) School of Business. At Tuck, Jamie consulted with the World Economic Forum and led the student delegation to win the World Government Summit's Global Universities Challenge. Prior to graduate school, Jamie worked in corporate social responsibility and nonprofit management, most recently managing a $30M media portfolio for charitable causes. She's deeply passionate about her family, friends, and leaving things just a little bit better.