My New Favorite Olympian

My New Favorite Olympian

Who should you root for at the Winter Olympics? Get to know the most inspiring members of Team USA and the causes they champion on My New Favorite Olympian. Season 4: My New Favorite Olympian hosted by Apolo Ohno, Team USA's most decorated Winter Olympian Season 3: My New Favorite Olympian hosted by Olympic trailblazer Ibtihaj Muhammad Season 2: Sports Uncovered hosted by Michele Tafoya Season 1: Sports Uncovered hosted hosted by Mike Tirico Named "Best Podcast Series" at the 2022 Cynopsis Sports Media Awards Presented by the storytellers at NBCLX

Episodes

February 2, 2022 25 min

Freeskier Colby Stevenson is thankful to be back on the snow after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a life-threatening car crash

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Colby Stevenson

John Michael Fabrizi (Colby’s friend and passenger)

Bobby (Colby’s father) and Carol (Colby’s mother)

Dr. Billie Schultz (Mayo Clinic Physiatrist)

Jimmy Flour (Colby’s architecture teacher)

Read more about Colby Stevenson on NBCLX and NBC Sports Boston

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Winter athletes including Brock Crouch, Jessie Diggins and David Wise are determined to do something after seeing the effects—and consequences—of climate change first-hand

Hear from:

Jessie Diggins (Olympic cross-country skiing gold medalist)

David Wise (Two-time Olympic ski halfpipe gold medalist)

Brock Crouch (Snowboarder)

Michael Bennet (U.S. Senator from Colorado)

Amy Klobuchar (U.S. Senator from Minnesota)

Erik Paulsen (Former Congre...

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Hockey star Abby Roque will become the first Native American woman to represent the U.S. in ice hockey at a Winter Olympics

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Abby Roque

T.J. Oshie (Washington Capitals right winger)

Jim Roque (Abby’s father) and Chief Larry Roque (Abby’s uncle)

John Ferroni (Abby’s youth hockey coach)

Ted Nolan (former NHL player and coach)

Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee (Indigenous hockey expert)

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Olympic champion John Shuster, Super Bowl champion Vernon Davis, USA Curling’s Monica Walker and other curling enthusiasts are teaming up to create pathways to diversify the sport

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John Shuster (Two-time Olympic curling medalist)

Vernon Davis (Super Bowl champion)

Monica Walker (USA Curling national team)

Sara Carlsson (Swedish curler)

Adriana Camarena (Mexican curler)

Dr. Rich Norman (DEI expert)

Deb Martin (co-creator of USA Cu...

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Figure skater Timothy LeDuc (they/them), the first openly gay athlete to win a U.S. national pairs title, will become the first publicly out non-binary athlete to compete at a Winter Olympics

Hear from:

Timothy LeDuc

Ashley Cain-Gribble (Timothy’s figure skating partner)

Tara Lipinski (1998 Olympic figure skating champion)

Johnny Weir (two-time Olympian)

Hudson Taylor (Executive director at Athlete Ally)

Erica Rand (Professor at Bates Col...

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December 15, 2021 25 min

Aerials skier Winter Vinecki, who is set to become the first Winter Olympian named “Winter,” raises money for prostate cancer research to honor her late father

Hear from:

Winter Vinecki

Dawn Estelle (Winter’s mother)

Dr. Jeffrey Karnes (Mayo Clinic Urology)

Read more about Winter Vinecki on NBCLXNBC Olympics and NBC Chicago

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Maia and Alex Shibutani already boosted representation on the ice, becoming the first ice dancers of Asian descent to earn an Olympic medal, and now the “ShibSibs,” as they are affectionately called, are determined to increase representation off the ice by writing children’s books with Asian American heroes

Hear from: 

Maia and Alex Shibutani

Alex Lee (ShibSibs’ literary agent)

Stacey Lee (New York Times bestselling author)

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The Winter Olympics season of My New Favorite Olympian will introduce you to the most inspiring members of Team USA and the issues they champion. New episodes hosted by Apolo Ohno, Team USA's most decorated Winter Olympian, and NBCLX storyteller Ngozi Ekeledo will drop Wednesdays beginning December 8.

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July 7, 2021 20 min

Why Kareem Maddox left his dream job at 30 to pursue another dream—representing Team USA in 3x3 basketball at the Tokyo Olympics—and what he’s going to do now that his Olympic dream didn’t work out. Plus, find out how athletes fund their Olympic dreams.

Hear from:

Kareem Maddox

Iman Zaki (Kareem’s mom) and Kareem's younger brother Jay

Sara Nics (Kareem’s Podcast Producer at Universal Content Productions)

Lauryn Williams (Olympic ch...

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Beach volleyball phenom Alix Klineman is not embarrassed to talk about birth control and how she sustains peak athletic performance throughout her menstrual cycle

Hear from:

Alix Klineman

April Ross (two-time Olympic medalist and Alix’s partner)

Teddy Purcell (former NHL player and Alix’s boyfriend)

Dr. Georgie Bruivels (Research Scientist and Female Athlete Lead at ORRECO)

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Surfing phenom Caroline Marks reveals how she went from a self-conscious 15-year-old rookie to an 18-year-old confident enough to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Hear from:

Caroline Marks

Sarah Marks (Caroline’s mother)

Elizabeth Daniels (Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

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Sprinter Gabby Thomas, a Harvard graduate pursuing a master’s in epidemiology at the University of Texas amidst a global pandemic, is determined to make the nation’s healthcare system more equitable for African Americans

Hear from:

Gabby Thomas

Evelynn Hammonds (Harvard Professor)

Jennifer Randall (Gabby’s mom and a Professor at UMass Amherst)

Read more about Gabby Thomas on NBCLX and On Her Turf

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Olympic swimming champion Nathan Adrian is determined to redefine masculinity after being diagnosed with testicular cancer


Hear from:

Nathan Adrian

Hallie Adrian (Nathan’s wife and former Stanford diver)

Rowdy Gaines (3x Olympic champion and NBC Olympics analyst)

Dr. Mark Litwin (UCLA Health)


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My New Favorite Olympian will introduce you to the most inspiring members of Team USA and the issues they champion. New episodes hosted by Olympic trailblazer Ibtihaj Muhammad and NBCLX storyteller Ngozi Ekeledo will drop every Wednesday beginning June 2.

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February 5, 2021 60 min

Perhaps the most interesting man in Minnesota, Bud Grant played basketball for the Minneapolis Lakers before becoming a Hall of Fame head coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Sunday Night Football’s Michele Tafoya, a longtime Minnesota resident, explores how Grant became the only person to play in both the NBA and NFL.

Guests include:

Bud Grant (Hall of Fame coach)

Tony Dungy (Hall of Fame coach)

Fran Tarkenton (Hall of Fame quarterback)

Pa...

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January 21, 2021 49 min

Kobe Bryant’s closest confidants share their favorite Kobe memory so we can better understand how and why Kobe became Kobe. You will hear previously untold tales from Hall of Famers and Olympic champions, WNBA superstars and other influential figures in Kobe’s life. 

Part 1: Kobe the man

1:58 Kobe the student (Lower Merion HS coach Gregg Downer)

5:19 Kobe the friend (World’s fastest man Usain Bolt)

9:04 Covering Kobe (Hall of Fame phot...

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How did Gayle Sierens become the first woman to call play-by-play of an NFL game, and why did it take 30 years for another woman to do the same? Sunday Night Football reporter Michele Tafoya investigates by talking to Sierens, her broadcast partner and the pioneering producer who made it happen. 

Guests include:

Gayle Sierens (First woman to call an NFL game) 

Beth Mowins (Second woman to call an NFL game) 

Dave Rowe (Sierens’ broadcas...

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November 19, 2020 60 min

Why did the Raiders trade head coach Jon Gruden, and why did they spend $100 million to bring him back? Michele Tafoya, the longtime Sunday Night Football sideline reporter, unmasks Gruden by talking to his closest confidants and "Chucky" himself.

Guests include:

Derrick Brooks (Hall of Fame Buccaneers linebacker)

Tim Brown (Hall of Fame Raiders wide receiver)

Rich Gannon (Longtime Raiders quarterback)

Jon Gruden (Raiders head c...

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July 16, 2020 39 min

Bill Belichick’s closest confidants reveal the side of the New England Patriots head coach the public doesn’t get to see.


Guests include:

Doug Flutie (Heisman Trophy winner)

Rodney Harrison (two-time Super Bowl champion)

Charlie Weis (Former Patriots offensive coordinator)


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Barret Robbins in his own words—from prison—revealing the real reasons why he disappeared and missed playing in the Raiders’ loss in Super Bowl XXXVII.


Guests include:

Barret Robbins

Tim Brown (Heisman Trophy, Pro Football Hall of Fame)

Bill Romanowski (four-time Super Bowl champion)

Amy Trask (Former Raiders CEO)

Rod Woodson (Pro Football Hall of Fame)

Greg Papa (Former Raiders radio play-by-play announcer)

Andrea Kremer (Emmy-winning NFL...

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