Flame Bearers

Flame Bearers

Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Blazing the Trail to Beijing celebrates the journeys of Beijing’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.

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Ukrainian Athletes: What the World Needs to Hear

March 23, 2022

In light of Russian war on Ukraine, this special edition episode is different than our normal episodes. In an effort to elevate Ukranian voices and the connection between sports and politics, we sp...

Mihaela Hogas (Romania): Breaking Barriers Through Speed Skating

March 9, 2022

When Mihaela was 9, she went to a park and saw some kids inline skating. She didn't realize it was actually for the winter sport of speed skating, but she was curious enough to give it a try hersel...

Simidele Adeagbo (Nigeria): The Original Sleigh Queen

March 7, 2022

Simidele (Simi) was the first African and black woman to compete in Skeleton at the Olympics, and more recently, the first African to take home gold at an international bobsled competition: "We don...

Kendall Gretsch (USA): 2 Games in 2 Sports Within 6 Months

March 2, 2022

3x Paralympic Gold Medalist, Kendall Gretsch is one of the only athletes who competed in Tokyo this past summer who is also competing in Beijing. Less than 6 months ago Kendall won gold in Paratria...

Dr. Natalia Siuba-Jarosz (Poland): Being a Doctor & Elite Parasnowboarder

Feb. 16, 2022

Dr. Natalia Siuba-Jarosz is an elite Polish Parasnowboarder and Doctor in Radiology. She has gone by Simba ever since her last name was misspelled in grade school, and the nickname stuck. In this e...

Valentina Margaglio (Italy): the Skeleton Lioness

Feb. 9, 2022

Valentina or 'The Lioness' grew up in Italy as a 'very competitive child' with her three sisters and one brother. She describes her heritage as "the perfect mix" of cultures, crediting each of her ...

Aline Rocha (Brazil): Sport as Freedom & Women in Para Sports

Feb. 2, 2022

When Aline was 15 years old, she was in a car accident that paralyzed her from the waist down. That said, she says "sport changed my life, not the accident." According to Aline sport gave her wings, the ability to travel, an…

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 as a Malagasy, and she wan…