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English, Sports, 1 season, 34 episodes, 20 hours
The stories behind the medals. Scout Bassett, Eliza Skinner and Ed Harry find out what it takes to make it to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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Introducing Amazing Sport Stories

Sport but not as you know it. A brand new sports storytelling podcast. Imagine being stranded in the “death zone” on one of the world’s highest mountains. How about running 200 miles in a dark tunnel? We’ve been searching the world for the most amazing sport stories. Other podcasts bring you the scores and team news. This one tells the stories you’ll wish you’d known about and now probably won’t forget. You don’t need to be obsessed with sport to find yourself immersed in our mini-seasons and short stories. Search for Amazing Sport Stories wherever you get your BBC podcasts. Or find it here:
11/24/20233 minutes, 23 seconds
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Carrie Steinseifer-Bates: Swimming was her escape

From an alcoholic home to three gold medals aged 16, swimming was Carrie Steinseifer-Bates’s "safe place". But the pressure of being an elite athlete took its toll, and Carrie herself became an alcoholic. Today she is sober and dedicated to helping others.
10/8/202355 minutes, 27 seconds
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Jared Tallent: Fighting the drug cheat

Australia’s track and field gold medallist Jared Tallent campaigned for years to get what was rightfully his, following a doping scandal. Already an Olympic silver medallist in race walking, it took four years before a Russian rival was disqualified and Jared finally got his gold medal.
10/1/202336 minutes, 16 seconds
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Kaleigh Gilchrist: In the name of Kobe

The Olympic water polo gold medallist inspired by her friendship with the late basketball star Kobe Bryant. After an accident left her with severe injuries, Kaleigh Gilchrist vowed to get to Tokyo in his memory. And in honour of her Olympian father.
9/24/202342 minutes, 29 seconds
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Nikita Ducarroz: The power of sport

“It saved my life.” BMX competition helped the Swiss-American athlete fight anxiety attacks, which left her unable to leave home as a young teenager. The Olympic bronze medallist is now a mental health advocate.
9/17/202336 minutes, 17 seconds
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Yip Pin Xiu: Swimming for gold

Singapore’s most decorated Paralympian, with five gold medals. When Yip Pin Xiu won her first gold at the Beijing Paralympics, she was the youngest in her country’s team. And it was the first time ever that Singapore’s national anthem had been played in an Olympic arena.
9/10/202341 minutes, 46 seconds
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Santiago Lange: Sailing to gold

The Argentinian legend who fought back from cancer. Santiago had won Olympic bronze before he got sick. After years of struggle, he came back to take gold at the Rio Games.
9/3/202343 minutes, 29 seconds
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Breanna Stewart: Shooting for gold

The star basketball player in the US Olympic team. And, off the court, a voice for the abused. Breanna Stewart speaks frankly about her own experience of child sexual abuse, to give hope and strength to other victims. Since becoming a parent, she campaigns to change attitudes on professional sport and motherhood.
8/27/202337 minutes, 49 seconds
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Denny Morrison: Coming back from tragedy

Gold medal-winning speed skater Denny Morrison’s near death experience, and a teammate’s selflessness. A competitor gave up his place to give Denny a sporting break, but a devastating motorbike accident was to follow. He fought back against multiple injuries, before then suffering a stroke. But Denny refused to be beaten, qualifying for the 2018 Olympics.
8/20/202342 minutes, 20 seconds
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Birgit Skarstein: Paralympic role model

From rowing gold to tackling taboos. Paralympian Birgit Skarstein challenges stereotypes. A gold medallist at the Tokyo Paralympics, she campaigns for women’s sport and disability rights.
8/13/202340 minutes, 18 seconds
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Molly Seidel: The unlikely medallist

Olympic bronze against the odds, in only Molly Seidel's third ever marathon. Her success came after years of battling an eating disorder – a struggle with which she still lives. She talks about her mental health issues and the physical problems which bulimia can cause.
8/6/202345 minutes, 13 seconds
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Introducing On the Podium season 3

What does it take to be a champion? We’re back with a new season of the show that talks to Olympic and Paralympic medallists. What drives them to do what they do? With comedian Eliza Skinner, sports commentator Ed Harry and Paralympian Scout Bassett. Released weekly from 7 August 2023.
7/17/20233 minutes, 15 seconds
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Markus Rogan: Life after medals

A champion swimmer’s journey to find a new path outside of the pool. Markus Rogan held a world record and won two Olympic silvers for Austria. But when he stopped competing, his world unravelled. Markus trained for a new career as a psychotherapist, and it led him back to the Olympics - as a sports psychologist.
8/19/202246 minutes, 7 seconds
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Jaleen Roberts: Medals and wellbeing

A champion on and off the track. Paralympic track and field star Jaleen Roberts was born with physical disability cerebral palsy. But she has never let it stop her. She shares her mental health journey to help others. (CP description from Cerebral Palsy Alliance in US)
8/12/202235 minutes, 2 seconds
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Andrew Hoy

Still winning medals nearly 40 years on from his first Olympic Games, Australian equestrian Andrew Hoy has no plans to retire. After becoming the oldest man to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, he’s gearing up to compete again.
8/5/202237 minutes, 30 seconds
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Salum Kashafali: The fastest Paralympian on Earth

From a child fleeing conflict to the fastest Paralympian on earth. Salum Kashafali fought for survival, escaping the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo with his family. He took 100 metres gold at the Tokyo Paralympics, breaking his own world record and becoming a global role model.
7/29/202235 minutes, 54 seconds
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Anna Kiesenhofer: Alone against the odds

The non-pro Austrian cyclist who beat the best, without the support of a single teammate. When Anna Kiesenhofer lined up for the women's road race, few thought she was a contender. But her belief paid off and she became the first Austrian to win gold at a Summer Games for 17 years.
7/22/202235 minutes, 25 seconds
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Neeraj Chopra: Inspiring India

"This is my dream." There had never been an Olympic track and field champion from India. But Neeraj Chopra changed everything for his country. His amazing journey from a rural village climaxed with a gold medal in the men’s javelin at the Tokyo Games. Neeraj is now dedicated to inspiring the next generation of Indian athletes.
7/15/202232 minutes, 37 seconds
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Raven Saunders: Making a statement on the podium

"All the things I went through": What a medal meant for a US shot-putter who used an Olympic ceremony to send a message. Raven Saunders hit the headlines in Tokyo when she made an X shape with her arms on the podium. Her aim? To show "the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet". The silver medal winner is black, gay and has spoken frankly about her struggles with depression.
7/8/202242 minutes, 23 seconds
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Dr Jana Pittman: Sprinting, sliding and saving lives

Jana Pittman was a world champion hurdler, but injury halted her Olympic dreams. She came back to compete on the ice, and became Australia's first Summer and Winter Olympian when she joined the country's bobsleigh team. She’s also a medical doctor, a mother-of-six and an advocate for women's health. Image: A bright coloured background of yellows and orange and red with the backend of a bobsleigh being pushed by a figure in the all green of Australia (Illustration by Phil Smith)
7/1/202239 minutes, 43 seconds
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Anastasia Pagonis: Gold medal influencer

The blind swimmer breaking records and stereotypes. After losing her vision as a teenager, Anastasia Pagonis broke the world record to take Paralympic gold in Tokyo. Now, she uses her platform as a social media star to break down stereotypes. Illustration: A bright coloured background of yellows and orange on the top and turquoise blue splashing up from underneath. A swimmer is rising mid stroke. her painted fingernails are visible, she is wearing a swimming hat with Pagonis on the side and blacked out swimming goggles (Illustration by Phil Smith)
6/24/202235 minutes, 15 seconds
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Gianmarco Tamberi: Sharing the gold

A golden moment. Why a high jumper put friendship above personal glory. Gianmarco Tamberi leapt to the top of the competition at the Tokyo Olympics - but couldn't be separated from his main rival. A serious injury and a special friendship helped Gianmarco make a momentous decision. Illustration: A bright coloured background of yellows, red and orange with the figure of a man mid flight, bending over the high jump bar wearing multi coloured spikes and a vest in the blue of Italy with the name Tamberi on the front (Illustration by Phil Smith)
6/17/202239 minutes, 14 seconds
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Introducing On the Podium season 2

What makes a medal winner? How are they different from the rest of us – and how are they the same? The extraordinary human stories behind the medals. Join the Olympians and Paralympians who gave us the iconic moments at Tokyo 2020. And those who failed trying. With comedian Eliza Skinner, sports commentator Ed Harry and Paralympian Scout Bassett. Released 18 June 2022
6/5/20222 minutes, 40 seconds
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Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh relive the thrilling moment they won gold as part of the Great Britain field hockey team in a penalty shoot-out in Rio in 2016. What is it like to win as a team? How do you create cohesion and spirit in a group, and what challenges does being partners off the field present to the whole team when you are on it? We also look at how attitudes to LBGTQ+ people vary across sports. Why do some sports seem more welcoming and inclusive than others?
7/18/202141 minutes, 43 seconds
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Sakshi Malik

One of only four Indian women to ever have won an Olympic medal, wrestler Sakshi Malik has has inspired a generation to pursue success in a field they thought wasn't open to them. She tells us how she fought back in the very last moment to snatch a bronze medal in the Rio Games, and in doing so changed not only the trajectory of her life, but attitudes to women, women's sport and women in wrestling in India.
7/18/202136 minutes, 6 seconds
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Lex Gillette

Having lost his sight as a child, Lex Gillette discovered new purpose in his life when he took up athletics. A talented runner, Lex is also a multiple Paralympic long jump medallist, and an advocate for blind people in all areas of life. And whilst he knows a thing or two about winning - he’s a triple IPC World Champion - his four consecutive silvers in the long jump at the Paralympics mean he might be the greatest athlete in Games history never to have won gold.
7/18/202144 minutes, 9 seconds
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Brighton Zeuner

At just 16 years old, Brighton Zeuner will be one of the youngest participants at Tokyo 2020 - but she’ll also be one of the favourites for gold at the Games when skateboarding makes its debut. She tells us how she balances being a normal teenager with the pressure of being an elite sports star, mixing fame with being a fan herself and being a role model to others who hope to follow her path. She also tells us how she deals with nerves when competing, and offers advice to those new to the sport on how to overcome the challenges of both the physical demands and social pressures.
7/18/202136 minutes, 27 seconds
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Sizwe Ndlovu

Sizwe Ndlovu became the first black African to win an Olympic rowing gold, as part of the South Africa's lightweight coxless four in 2012. He describes that day as changing the rest of his life. Sizwe tells us about the challenges of growing up in a township, and how the end of apartheid and the sport of rowing helped him carve out a life he couldn't even have imagined possible as a child. A remarkable and inspirational story of achievement and perseverance, his victory became a symbol of hope for the post-apartheid South Africa.
7/18/202136 minutes, 53 seconds
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Shaunae Miller-Uibo

Shaunae Miller-Uibo recalls her part in one of the most memorable finishes in Olympic history, when she dove across the line to take 400m gold for the Bahamas at the 2016 Games. She tells us how she developed the mindset and character to make it to the top and stay there, but also talks about life off the track, and how she switches off from the pressures of racing. Presented by Scout Bassett, Ed Harry and Eliza Skinner and produced by Joel Hammer for BBC World Service.
7/18/202136 minutes, 50 seconds
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Oksana Masters

Abandoned by her birth parents, Oksana Masters had birth defects caused by radiation, most likely from Chernobyl. Trapped and struggling to survive inside an abusive orphanage system in Ukraine, at the age of eight she was adopted by an American single mother. Oksana tells us how she used the trauma of her youth to push herself to sporting greatness, including winning medals at the winter and summer Paralympics. Harnessing the anger and drawing on massive reserves of determination, this is a remarkable story of coming to terms with trauma and refusing to let it define you.
7/18/202138 minutes, 55 seconds
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Maarten van der Weijden

When Maarten van der Weijden was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 19, he thought it was not only the end of his sporting career, but his life. According to Maarten, he was a “lazy” patient and didn’t “win a fight” against cancer; he says he survived simply because he was “lucky”. But having been given a second chance at life, he was determined to make the most of it. Just a few years after recovering from cancer, Maarten won open-water swimming gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He reveals the techniques and mindset that got him through his darkest days, and the significance of setting goals in order to achieve things, whether that be in sport or life. He retired from competitive swimming after winning Olympic and World championship gold in 2008, and dedicated himself to raising funds for other leukaemia sufferers by completing the most severe of swimming challenges. So far, he has raised more than $15 million.
7/18/202138 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ines Boubakri

Tunisian Ines Boubakri won bronze in fencing in Rio after a thrilling comeback in her final bout. Crippled with back and knee pain, she dug deep to claim the medal and become the first North African and first Arab woman to win a medal in fencing. It was the culmination of a lifetime proving other people wrong. Ines reveals the secrets behind her success and how she controls her aggression when duelling, a crucial element to her success. She also talks about her other passion, fashion, and how alongside her sporting career she is promoting equal rights for women, particularly in the Arab world.
7/18/202137 minutes, 49 seconds
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Matt Stutzman

Paralympian Matt Stutzman is better known as the ‘Armless Archer’. Although he only took up archery a year or so before the Games in London 2012, he still managed to win a silver medal, and will be aiming for gold in Tokyo. Despite being born with no arms, Matt’s talents have seen him win the US National Target Championship, shooting against able-bodied archers, as well as claiming the world record for longest accurate shot in archery. When he’s not racing cars, he’s fixing them, and it’s no surprise that he loves comedy because his laugh is so infectious. Matt reveals how he has cultivated an attitude that has led to remarkable results, as well as providing inspiration to others.
7/18/202140 minutes, 59 seconds
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Coming soon: The On the Podium podcast

The stories behind the medals. Scout Bassett, Eliza Skinner and Ed Harry find out what it takes to make it to the Games. All episodes available Monday 19 July.
5/19/20212 minutes, 59 seconds