Season 1

Nov. 19, 2021

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

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...

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Sept. 1, 2021

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

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 ...

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Aug. 18, 2021

Jessica Long (USA): Perfection, Faith & Paraswimming

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 coo...

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Aug. 4, 2021

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

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 …

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July 21, 2021

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

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 …

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June 23, 2021

Deja Young (USA): Mental Health & Choosing Life

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 c...

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June 9, 2021

Ray Bassil (Lebanon): Finding Your Courage to Lead

To date, Ray is the only Lebanese athlete who has qualified for Tokyo, but Ray is used to blazing her own trails: she was the first Arab female Olympic Trapshooter, a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, Ammunition Line entrep...

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June 7, 2021

Danusia Francis (Jamaica): Gymnastics & Positive Manifestation

At age five, Danusia watched Elena Zamolodchikova of Russia compete on TV, and decided then and there that she wanted to be an Olympic gymnast. 22 years later, Danusia's dream is coming true: she'll be Jamaica's second-ever O...

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May 26, 2021

Sarah Davies (Great Britain): The Barbell Queen Defying Convention

Sarah Davies is Great Britain's best ever female weightlifter on a pound for pound basis, lifting between 100-125kg (or 220-275 lbs) depending on the event, snatch or clean and jerk. She's also an international beauty pageant queen. Sarah’s journey is …

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May 12, 2021

Carlotta Nwajide (Germany): Rowing & Activism

Carlotta is not only a Vice World and European Champion, but also an outspoken activist who leads by thoughtful example. She believes that inaction is action in and of itself, whether it comes to racism or environmentalism. Carlotta grew up …

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April 28, 2021

Eliza Stone (USA): the Stone Sabre Squad & Redefining Success

Eliza showed up to her first fencing class in a dress and little patent leather shoes because she wanted to make a good first impression. In tow, came siblings Robert Junior and Gracie. Flash forward to today, she's currently ranked …

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April 21, 2021

(En Español) Tamara Leonelli (Chile): La Espina Bifida y Sus Sueños P…

Tamara (Tami) basó los 18 años, más de lo previsto. Ahora tiene 23 años y se está convirtiendo en una de las mejores jugadoras de tenis de mesa del mundo. Ella nació con la espina bifida. Tami fue la primera …

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April 14, 2021

Tamara Leonelli (Chile): Spina Bifida & True Inclusion Through Olympi…

Tamara (Tami) was introduced to table tennis in a rehabilitation center: Tami was born with spina bifida and had a life expectancy of 18. She is now 23 years old, the first Chilean table tennis player to win gold at …

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April 7, 2021

Bonus Content: Flame Bearers Panel Discussion

You've already met some of our incredible athletes, but we wanted to provide you with an even more unfiltered snapshot of who they are. As bonus content, we sat down with an intimate group to discuss their resiliency during t...

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March 24, 2021

Sophia Herzog (USA): Dwarfism & Inspiring Social Change

2016 Paralympic silver medalist, 2x World Champion, and 5x World medalist, Sophia Herzog is passionate about breaking stereotypes. She grew up in a small town of 450 people and was the first person with a disability to go to through …

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March 10, 2021

Haydy Morsy (Egypt): Modern Pentathlon & the Next Generation of Egypt…

When Haydy won the 2019 Pentathlon African Championship, she became the first athlete worldwide to qualify for Tokyo. She now hopes to become the first Egyptian woman to compete in two different Olympic sports: she will be co...

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Feb. 17, 2021

Naya Tapper (USA): Redefining Beauty & Supporting Black Lives Matter

Naya Tapper is a leading try scorer for Team USA's Rugby Team. She wanted to be the "first girl in the NFL" but when she found rugby, she was hooked. In this episode, Naya Tapper of the USA Women’s Rugby …

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Feb. 3, 2021

Madeleine McAfee & Tanya Beths (Australia): Managing Careers, Health …

Madeleine (Maca) and Tanya are close friends who play for the Australian beach handball team. They both juggle full time jobs: Maca is a lawyer and Tanya a teacher. Tanya also has ulcerative colitis. In this episode, Maca and...

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Jan. 13, 2021

Kimberly Alkemade (Netherlands): Loss, Adventure & Blade Running

Kimberly didn’t start running until she was 27 -- she's now 30. In her 2019 debut race, the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, she came away with a silver and bronze medal in the 200m and 100m. She's seeking …

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Dec. 30, 2020

Zahra Nemati (Iran): Archery & Hope

Zahra Nemati is arguably Iran's most popular female athlete. While she grew up competing in taekwondo, after a car accident left her legs paralyzed, she decided to pick up a bow and arrow at the age of 21. Zahra’s physical …

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Dec. 2, 2020

Kym Crosby (USA): Sprinting, Marriage & Albinism

Paralympic 100M bronze medalist and World Championship silver medalist, Kym Crosby has 'limited sight, limitless dreams.' Kym is legally blind, but she hasn't let that stand in the way of anything she sets her mind to, includ...

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Nov. 12, 2020

Ida Jacobsen (Denmark): Rowing & Adjusting to the Pandemic

While most know Danish Olympic Rower, Ida Jacobsen for her prowess on the water, she's also a political science junkie and cheese expert (much to the chagrin of her boyfriend, Samir). Ida decided she was going to compete in ...

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Oct. 21, 2020

Katarina Roxon (Canada): Swimming & Body Positivity

Katarina grew up on the island of Newfoundland, so at an early age, her parents, Leonard and Lisa thought that it was important she learn to swim. 20 years later, Roxon brought home her first medal, a gold in the …

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Sept. 23, 2020

Ezinne Kalu-Phelps (Nigeria): Basketball & Entrepreneurship

2019 Women's Afrobasket MVP, Ezinne Kalu plays for the reigning African champions, Nigeria's D'Tigress. While most know Ezinne for her talent on the court, she's also jumped headfirst into the world of entrepreneurship; she's...

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Sept. 9, 2020

Nicky Nieves (USA): Sitting Volleyball & Black Lives Matter

Nicky is a middle blocker on the USA's Sitting Volleyball team, and a Rio Paralympic gold medalist. She is an Afro Latina and an outspoken advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement, spearheading conversations about race on...

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Aug. 27, 2020

Lea Davison (USA): Mountain Biking & Queer Visibility

Lea Davison is a 2X Olympic Mountain Biker and 2016 World Championship silver medalist looking to qualify for her 3rd Olympics. Lea is unabashedly herself in all ways, including being open about her sexuality: Lea is gay. T...

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Aug. 24, 2020

Manasi Joshi (India): Badminton & Disability Policy

Manasi Joshi is India's current Para-badminton World Champion and BBC India's Sportswoman of the year. One day on her way to work, a truck ran into Manasi; hours dragged on before she received treatment, and her leg eventual...

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Aug. 17, 2020

Sanda Aldass (IOC Refugee Team): Judo & the Refugee Experience

Sanda is a Syrian refugee, living in the Netherlands with her husband (who is also her coach) and their three children. She’s a current International Olympic Committee (IOC) Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holder, the elite group...

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Aug. 8, 2020

Trailer: Unlit. Tokyo's Torch

Flame Bearers actively celebrates the current generation of women Olympians and Paralympians seeking to go to Tokyo. We have real conversations about what it means to be amongst the best female athletes in the world, and disc...

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Aug. 8, 2020

Becky Sauerbrunn (USA): Soccer & Equal Pay

Becky is the captain of the US Women's National Soccer Team and has been the rock of the back line for the last 8 years. She's an Olympic gold medalist and has played in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, …

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