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Have you ever wondered what it was like for the inaugural United States Women’s National Team? The 85ers were the first to ever represent the USA in international play when they took the pitch against Italy in the Mundialito. Those 17 women set the foundation for the team we all love today.

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Yip Pin Xiu (Singapore): Swimming & Solidarity

Yip Pin Xiu is a “born and bred city girl’, having grown up in Singapore with her close-knit family flying kites, playing in the sand pool, and at five, getting in the with her brothers. Swimming started as a family activity. Fast forward to 2008, and Pin Xiu became Singapore’s

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Noelle Lambert (USA): From Tragedy to Triumph on the Track

Noelle Lambert played in the dirt and on the field with her older brothers, watching the Pats, Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox. She was always active, keeping up with the boys. Flash forward to college at UMass Lowell where Noelle is playing Division 1 lacrosse, and she’s in an accident

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Jamie Mittelman: The Female Entrepreneur Who Bears the Flame for Olympians and Paralympians – CEO Weekly Jamie Mittelman: Lighting the Torch for 2021’s Female Olympic and Paralympic Athletes | Nasdaq

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Female Lead

Jamie Mittelman: The Female Entrepreneur Who Bears the Flame for Olympians and Paralympians – CEO Weekly Flame Bearers – The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch (thefemalelead.com)

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Jamie Mittelman: The Female Entrepreneur Who Bears the Flame for Olympians and Paralympians – CEO Weekly Harvard grad student spotlights ‘unsung’ women Olympians in ‘Flame Bearers’ (boston.com)

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NY Weekly

Jamie Mittelman: The Female Entrepreneur Who Bears the Flame for Olympians and Paralympians – CEO Weekly Flame Bearers: Honoring Women’s History Month with a Visiona (nyweekly.com)

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US Insider

Jamie Mittelman: The Female Entrepreneur Who Bears the Flame for Olympians and Paralympians – CEO Weekly Flame Bearers: Fuelling the Fire for Women in Sports and Empowering Paralympic Athletes (usinsider.com)

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US Reporter

Jamie Mittelman: The Female Entrepreneur Who Bears the Flame for Olympians and Paralympians – CEO Weekly Flame Bearers Opens Podcast Slots and Live Events to Female Sports Organizations – US Reporter

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Jamie Mittelman: The Female Entrepreneur Who Bears the Flame for Olympians and Paralympians – CEO Weekly Jamie Mittelman: The Female Entrepreneur Who Bears the Flame for Olympians and Paralympians – CEO Weekly

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Nicky Nieves: Sneak Peek

The last time we heard from USA Sitting Volleyball star, Nicky Nieves, she was gearing up for the Tokyo Paralympics, hot after winning gold in Rio. We focused on her identity as an Afro Latina and Black Lives Matter (BLM). I asked her if we have made any progress since

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Masomah Alizada (IOC Refugee Team): Cycling for Hope

Masomah Alizada is the first female Olympic cyclist from Afghanistan, and getting to the Olympics hasn’t just been a battle against her own skills and competitors but also against the Taliban. In this episode, Masomah discusses her departure from Afghanistan, journey to Tokyo as part of the International Olympic Committee

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Sneak Peek: Masomah Alizada

Masomah is the first woman Olympic cyclist from Afghanistan. Her fight to compete and to the podium hasn’t just been against her own records and competitors, but with the Taliban. Tune in next Wednesday for Masomah’s full episode, in which we discuss her rise to Tokyo as part of the Olympic

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Victoria Stambaugh (Puerto Rico): Finding Faith & Taekwondo

Victoria considers herself a proud “Puerto Rican American.” Having grown up in the Houston, Texas area, she “was considered a Latina,” but then when she went to Puerto Rico, she “was seen as American.” According to Victoria, for some, her personal identity falls in a bit of a “gray area.”

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Ritah Asiimwe (Uganda): Purpose & Para Badminton

Ritah Asiimwe (Uganda): Purpose & Para Badminton

Ritah lost her hand when machete and hammer-wielding thieves broke into her Grandma’s house in 2005. Today, Ritah is the African Para Badminton Champion and was one of only four Ugandan Paralympians who participated in the Tokyo Paralympics.  Today she opens up about losing her hand, and how she’s moved

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Sneak Peek: Ritah Asiimwe

Sneak peek of our upcoming episode with Ugandan Para Badminton Champ, Ritah Asiimwe. Ritah was one of 4 Ugandan Paralympians who participated in the Tokyo Paralympics. In her episode, she shares about defending her family against thieves who broke into her grandma’s home, losing her arm to these thieves who

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Sneak Peek: Kenza Sossé

Sneak peek of our upcoming episode with 23 year old Qatari track and field star, Kenza Sossé. Kenza shares about her experience qualifying for the Games and then testing positive for COVID-19 the week of her departure for Tokyo…In Kenza’s full episode, she discusses her bounce back after missing the

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Athlete Follow Up: Manasi Joshi (India): Looking Ahead to Paris

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 eventually needed to be amputated. In this episode, Manasi talks about losing her

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Sneek Peak: Liu Jiayu

We heard from quite a few of you that you liked our sneek peaks of upcoming episodes, so given our bi-weekly publishing schedule, we’ll drop trailers for who is next in the off weeks. Next week we spotlight Chinese snowboarding phenom, Liu Jiayu. Here’s just a bit of what you

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Holiday Break & Sneak Peek of Alejandra Aybar

Holiday Break & Sneak Peek of Alejandra Aybar

We want to honor Alejandra’s story to the best of our abilities, so because of the holidays and New Year, we will publish her episode next Wednesday, 1/4. That said, here’s a bit of what you can expect. Tune in next week for her full story!

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Dr. Seun Adigun (Nigeria): Fighting for African Representation

Dr. Seun Adigun is the first African to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. She spearheaded the first female bobsled team from her country, and track and field runner but that’s not all, she’s also a biomechanist, chiropractor and founder. According to Dr. Adigun, “You have to pave

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Flame Bearers: Keeping the Fire Burning

Flame Bearers: Keeping the Fire Burning spotlights women Olympians and Paralympians who sought to compete in the Tokyo Summer or Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics. In this season, we discuss what happens AFTER the Games, when the fans and cameras go home. We’re going beyond the glamour to see how

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Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Blazing the Trail to Beijing

The Women Athletes Blazing the Trail to Beijing Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Blazing the Trail to Beijing celebrates the journeys of unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts. Flame Bearers spotlights the people, not the sports, sharing athletes’ rarely-heard stories

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Ezinne Kalu-Phelps (Nigeria): Basketball & Entrepreneurship‪

Basketball & Entrepreneurship‪   Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts. 2019 Women’s Afrobasket MVP, Ezinne Kalu plays for the reigning African champions, Nigeria’s D’Tigress. While most know

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

Sitting Volleyball & Black Lives Matter‬   Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts. Nicky is a middle blocker on the USA’s Sitting Volleyball team, and a Rio

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Lea Davison (USA): Mountain Biking & Queer Visibility‪‬

Mountain Biking & Queer Visibility‪‬ Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts. In this episode, we spotlight, Lea Davison, a 2X Olympic Mountain Biker and 2016 World Championship

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Flame Bearers | Podcast | The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch

Flame Bearers: The Women Athletes Carrying Tokyo’s Torch celebrates the journeys of Tokyo’s unsung women Olympians & Paralympians and provides action-oriented analysis of the issues closest to their hearts. This summer, more than 7,000 women Olympians and Paralympians will compete in Tokyo* These will be the first Games in history

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Thanksgiving Break & Athlete Follow Up with Deja Young

Thanksgiving Break & Athlete Follow Up with Deja Young

We want to honor Deja’s story to the best of our abilities, so because this week is Thanksgiving in the United States, we will publish her episode next Wednesday, 11/30. That said, here’s a bit of what you can expect. Tune in next week for her full story!

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Alexa Moreno (MEX): Vaulting Over the Critics

Vaulting Over The Critics Alexa is a 2x Olympian (Tokyo and Rio) and the first Mexican woman to win a World Championship Medal. She’s one of the 100 most powerful women in Mexico (via Forbes Magazine), yet according to her manager, Frida Martinez, “She doesn’t know she’s a role model.

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Diede de Groot (NED): Conquering the Courts & Finding Her Voice

Diede de Groot has won 31 majors, is the current world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, and achieved a Golden Grand Slam: winning all four major tournaments in a calendar year (2021). She’s also a force off the court; Diede advocates for people with disabilities and adaptive clothing.

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Sue Bird (USA): Bigger Than Basketball

Sue Bird is one of the most iconic athletes in the world: she’s been a professional athlete for 20 years, won 5 gold Olympic medals (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020) and has become one of the most outspoken advocates for social change. Further, between her Olympic and FIBA World Cup

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