The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are nearly here.
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, joined 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.
For My New Favorite Olympian season two, we brought in plenty of U.S. winter Olympic hopefuls. All episodes of the podcast are here for you to stream, along with links to find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more podcast platforms.
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?
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.
Episode 5: Women's hockey forward Abby Roque wants more Indigenous kids playing hockey
Hockey star Abby Roque will become the first Native American woman to represent the U.S. in ice hockey at a Winter Olympics.
Episode 6: Team USA battles climate change
Winter athletes including Brock Crouch, Jessie Diggins and David Wise are determined to do something after seeing the effects—and consequences—of climate change first-hand.
Episode 7: Colby Stevenson was millimeters away from death
Freeskier Colby Stevenson is thankful to be back on the snow after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a life-threatening car crash.
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