MADRID – Featuring inspirational stories and exclusive interviews with Olympians, athletes and guests from around the world, the Olympic Channel Podcast celebrates its 100th episode with Hungary’s “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu and Great Britain’s Adam Peaty. Each week, the Olympic Channel Podcast presents new episodes every Wednesday at olympicchannel.com and on several podcast applications.

With topics ranging from motivation and social media to overcoming adversity and pursuing Olympic dreams, the official Olympic Channel Podcast goes in-depth behind the stories affecting athletes in today’s world.

Ahead of the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships, Olympic medallist swimmers Hosszu and Peaty provide insight on the mental preparations and motivation behind their athletic performances.

“I feel a lot more relaxed,” said Hosszu on preparing for the world championships and on being the one to beat at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. “I know how it feels and I know how it is going into an Olympic final and winning. I have a lot of experience now and even if I don’t win, I am still an Olympic champion.”

“I do have down days when I can’t do it or I doubt myself,” said Peaty on the pressure to win. “We are only human and at the end of the day I’m not this super-human person. I’m just a lad that works harder than anyone else and where my passion lies is to keep winning and to inspire people.”

Next week’s episode will feature four-time Olympic medallist swimmer Chad Le Clos from South Africa and the challenges he faces ahead of Tokyo 2020. For more swimming content in preparation for the upcoming world championships, listeners can also find podcasts with Canadian diving team Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini and Andrea Fuentes, coach of the U.S. artistic swimming team.

Launched during the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the official Olympic Channel Podcast has featured exclusive interviews and conversations with more than 100 Olympians and gold medallists including Team USA gymnastics powerhouse Simone Biles, Team USA skiing legend Lindsey Vonn and Japanese figure skating sensation Yuzuru Hanyu.

“The podcast format provides a great medium to really dig deep into the stories behind the Olympic Movement and bring the athletes’ stories to life,” said Ed Knowles, host and producer of the Olympic Channel Podcast. “Listeners are sure to be inspired by the interviews which are full of heart, intimate details and personal emotion as told by the athletes themselves. It is an absolute honour to bring these stories to audiences worldwide, and I look forward to the next 100 podcasts!”

Recommended motivational stories from the first 100 Olympic Channel Podcast episodes include:

Creating hope after tragedy with Bronx gymnast John Orozco

After beating the odds to qualify for Rio 2016, another injury ended John Orozco’s competitive gymnastics career. Now, he has a new goal with sights set on a singing career.

How figure skater Gracie Gold deals with mental health issues

Depression, anxiety and an eating disorder disrupted the dreams of American figure skater Gracie Gold. In this honest, open and raw interview, Gold shares her day-by-day approach to recovery.

Kristina Vogel on being paralysed four months after cycling world title win
German cyclist Kristina Vogel won her record-breaking 11th title at the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Four months later, she was paralysed and in a wheelchair. The 28-year-old talked about her life-changing accident and of acceptance and forgiveness.

The Muslim boxer who kept her triumphs secret from her family
Ramla Ali
was a refugee from Somalia who discovered boxing in London’s East End but kept her boxing career a secret. We visited her gym in London to talk family secrets and representing Somalia at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The epic story behind the shirtless Tongan flagbearer aiming for Tokyo 2020

Pita Taufatofua grabbed everyone’s attention when he arrived at Rio 2016’s Opening Ceremony with his bare, coconut-oiled chest. From escaping avalanches in Iceland to being thousands of dollars in debt, the Tongan’s takes on every problem with a smile.

For more stories like this, please visit olympicchannel.com.

Offering year-round coverage of Olympic sports and elite athletes in their quest for success, the Olympic Channel over-the-top (OTT) service is available worldwide and subscription-free at olympicchannel.com, its mobile apps and on connected TV devices.


About the Olympic Channel

The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform global media destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 11 languages. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide at olympicchannel.com, its mobile apps and on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform.

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