The Podium

The Podium

The Podium: An NBC Olympics podcast. Join us for insider coverage during the 17 intense days of competition at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. In the run-up to the opening ceremony, we’ll bring you deep into the stories and events that have defined the Olympics and those that will shape the Tokyo Olympics, plus an intimate look into the unseen details that only the athletes themselves can tell.

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August 8, 2021 19 min

All good things come to an end. Through delay, innumerable challenges in just putting on the games and the actual sporting competition itself, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and all involved have excelled beyond expectation. Now, the world unites to celebrate the end of a shared moment: the last of the first global sporting event in over 18 months. 

Brittney Reese reflects on a sport-defining career in women’s long jump and Mike Tiric...

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The sting of missing out on Olympic glory can be a hurdle to overcome as well as a fuel for future success. Ultimately, delayed gratification may just be the ultimate prize. 

We speak with the second American woman to win a wrestling gold, Tamyra Mensah Stock, about how previous failures motivate her on and off the mat. Keni Harrison was the favorite coming into US Olympic Track & Field Trials in the 100 meter hurdles for Rio, b...

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August 7, 2021 22 min

From using your podium performance to speak for a wider group or simply turning your chopsticks around for a shared platter, gestures big and small are a defining feature of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

Hear from Women’s Shot put Silver-medalist Raven Saunders about how her personal style speaks volumes and explore the Japanese world of social gestures with etiquette expert Ben Sparrow. 

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August 6, 2021 19 min

Running from steeple to steeple in the Irish countryside, over fences and through streams might seem like a task far removed from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. And yet 2 events, run on 2 or 4 legs, remind us that utility is at the core of the Olympics, and that manufacturing once-natural challenges may seem a little forced, but that finding our force is why we compete in the first place. 

We speak to women straight off of their 3000...

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August 5, 2021 13 min

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games feature the most sports and events in any modern Olympics. Organizing and participating, notably, in Track and Field and Water Polo, involves mastering a lot of pandemonium. 

Athletes like Maggie Steffens and Valarie Allman join us from their chaotic fields of play to explain why chaos creates additional challenges for the athletes, but that having a lot going on is part of the culture that make these ev...

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Athletes prioritizing their health and wellbeing has been a through line in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. And while that may sound like a given considering these are the highest performing physical specimens on earth, the public is being exposed more than ever to the hardships often hidden by the podium steps or outshined by the glimmer of Olympic medals. 


MyKayla Skinner, Simone Biles' teammate, gives us a glimpse into her own ...

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A few days ago, we referenced our sister podcast, In the Village, hosted by Elizabeth Beisel. Her recent interview with Katie Ledecky was so insightful and fun that we wanted to share it to The Podium audience.


So for today’s episode of our show, Katie Ledecky hauls her medal collection to In the Village to catch up with former teammate Elizabeth Beisel. The pair talk about the amount of outfits required for a finals day, transitio...

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August 2, 2021 21 min

When you win a medal at the Olympic Games, your names is etched in history and plastered all over the ticker tape. Sometimes, the names of our Olympic champions fit just a little too well and lead us to ask: Is it in the name? 

Jagger Eaton explains his family’s naming conventions and not so rock’n’roll celebration plans. Tennys Sandgren and Austin Krajicek talk to us while nursing their bronze medal match loss and women’s 200m brea...

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August 1, 2021 15 min

What just happened and what might happen are the two things an Olympic athlete can’t do much about. Getting past them, as we’ll hear, is a challenge at every level. 

To explore the mindset of taking the games stroke by stroke, we spoke with Gold medalist Chase Kalisz about staying ready overnight for morning finals and with golfers finishing their final rounds with varying levels of satisfaction. 

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July 31, 2021 14 min

Two sports new to the Olympics in Tokyo are based on imagination. Visualizing and then executing a sequence of movements in precise order and in total control are key to both Sport climbing and Karate’s Kata. 

We revisit Sakura Kokumai’s explanation of Kata as the first practice takes place on Olympic day 8. Off the tatami and onto a wholly vertical plane, american climbers Kyra Condie and Nathaniel Coleman tell us how to get a hold...

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July 30, 2021 14 min

Time, it’s the measure by which most sports are played. For 3x3 Basketball and Olympic boxing, two sports with more prominent and lengthy versions, the lack of time plays a huge role in making every move more crucial and exciting. 

We caught up with Team USA’s 3x3 Women’s Basketball team and finals-bound boxers to see what’s it’s like to have no time to lose. 

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July 29, 2021 15 min

Two countries with strong hockey ties look to begin new legacies of success in the summer sport by leveraging their history and history-making into participation and support back home. 

We’re joined by Elizabeth Murphy, who is not only part of the first Irish women’s field hockey team at the Olympics, her squad is the first female Olympic team of any kind for the Emerald Isle! Canadian field hockey has been overshadowed by its icy c...

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July 28, 2021 14 min

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are alive with beeps, from vending machines to the backing up of athlete transport shuttles. Most of us don’t think twice about the virtual birdsong of digital chirps around us. But for some athletes, that’s the sound of their most ambitious dreams coming true. 

Hear from Connor Fields, the defending Gold medalist in Men’s BMX racing, about how reading the beeps of a start gate is key to outpacing the competi...

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We’re sharing an episode of the new TODAY podcast – live from Tokyo! Join Savannah Guthrie & Hoda Kotb each morning for all the insider news, history making moments, and great interviews from the Olympics. You can LISTEN to us anywhere you go! On your commute or on the run, you’ll get your daily dose of news, every morning. Follow and listen to TODAY wherever you get your podcasts. Listen NOW to TODAY

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While participants at these Olympics are well-versed in guidelines, mother nature follows no such plans. As tropical storm Nepartak threatened to strengthen into a Typhoon and make landfall on July 27th, organizers and athletes began treating the weather as more than small talk.

We connected with surfers to see how a disruptive force for other events gave their final day of competition a boost. Katie Zaferes also joins The Podium to...

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July 26, 2021 12 min

After failing to win a medal on the opening day of the Summer Olympics for the first time since 1972, the United States has secured its first podiums in Tokyo, unleashing a flurry of hardware for Team USA. 

Connect with Jay Litherland and Emma Weyant, the U.S. athletes who helped uncork the medal count, to hear how good victory tastes! 

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July 25, 2021 10 min

What is lost can’t be replaced, but it can drive us to new heights. That’s the case for so many things about the 2020 Tokyo Games, dubbed the “Reconstruction Olympics”, from the venues to the athletes competing in them. 

On Olympic Day 2, we take you to the small exhibit that’s at the heart of the biggest sporting event on earth. Italian rower Luca Rambaldi and American beach volleyball star April Ross share how losses both recent a...

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July 24, 2021 9 min

The new Olympic sports in Tokyo might be brand new for many fans of the games, but they begin an exciting fresh chapter of an existing book. This gives us a rare opportunity to discover “new veterans”. 

Hear how Felipe Gustavo risked it all to make his mark on street skateboarding and showed a generation of skaters that a gritty Brazilian competitive fire could become a long-term career. We catch the GOAT of 3x3 Basketball, Dusan Bu...

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July 23, 2021 14 min

The day has come. After an unprecedented leadup, the wait is over: The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are opening as the sun rises over the US.  

TODAY Show fixtures Al Roker and Craig Melvin join us to discuss the magic of live events, their favorite Opening Ceremony memories and their upcoming trip to the Games. 

Listen to The Podium daily during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games for new insight into the stories you know and the ones you’ll b...

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The Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is finally upon us.?The world’s eyes will be focused on the first global gathering since the pandemic?and its ability to pipe music, spectacle and hope onto billions of TV screens.?Although this monolith of an event dazzles in?its?size, production and technology,?the main product are the memories it creates for people,?whether?watching at home or?in starring roles on the stadium ...

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