The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will be here before you know it.
And if you're looking for someone to root for, we have you covered.
Former speed skater Apolo Ohno, Team USA's most decorated Winter Olympian, is joining NBCLX storyteller Ngozi Ekeledo for Season 2 of the My New Favorite Olympian podcast.
Last time, Ngozi and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad brought you five athletes vying to compete in the Tokyo Olympics and shared their illuminating stories on topics like cancer, body image and getting cut from a team.
Now for My New Favorite Olympian season two, we're bringing in plenty of U.S. winter Olympic hopefuls. Episodes will drop on Wednesdays in December and January.
Episode 1: The Shib Sibs want to diversify book publishing
Maia and Alex Shibutani already boosted representation on the ice, becoming the first ice dancers of Asian descent to earn an Olympic medal. Now the Shibutanis (also known as the “Shib Sibs”) are determined to increase representation off the ice by writing children’s books with Asian American heroes.
Episode 2: The Winter Olympics’ first Winter?
Episode 2 dropped on Dec. 15, 2021. Aerials skier Winter Vinecki, who is hoping to become the first Winter Olympian named “Winter,” raises money for prostate cancer research to honor her late father.
Episode 3: How Timothy LeDuc is Changing Figure Skating
After qualifying, pair figure skater Timothy LeDuc will be the first publicly out nonbinary Winter Olympian. In this episode 3 of the My New Favorite Olympian podcast, LeDuc talks about coming up in the skating world, coming out to their family twice, and how they navigate a sport whose official rulebook defines skating pairs as a man and a woman.
Episode 4: Curling stars say it's time to diversify the sport
Olympic champion John Shuster, Super Bowl champion Vernon Davis, USA Curling’s Monica Walker and other curling enthusiasts are teaming up to create pathways to diversify the sport.
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