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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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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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