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.
The Olympics conjure the image of single-mindedness, of an athlete's individual effort to improve, culminating in a medal whose ribbon only fits one. However, the Olympic pursuit is anything but. The reality is that those lofty goals are reached from atop a mountain of support and accomplishment from family, both blood and chosen. From the front stoop to the podium step, gold at the Games is a decidedly family affair.
Hear how canoe slalom contender Jess Fox and her nine “paddling” family members stay afloat in all their trophies. Listen to how marrying a fellow high jumper has allowed Ty Butts and Roderick Townsend to raise the bar. Get insight into Olympic support systems and pressures from experts Tim Layden and Mike Gervais. Ahmed Fareed tells the story, and incredible history, of the Montano Fencing Dynasty.
Join host Lauren Shehadi for Season 2 of NBC Sports’ The Podium.