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The Podium

The Podium: An NBC Olympics podcast. Join us for insider coverage during the 17 intense days of competition at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. In the run-up to the Opening Ceremony, we’ll bring you deep into the stories and events that have defined the Winter Olympics before and those that will shape this Games, plus an intimate look into the unseen details that only the athletes themselves can tell.

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Day 1: Tara and Johnny join Primetime, and a shift in snowboarding

Stars on and off the ice, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir discuss their journey to Primetime and how the sport of figure skating has changed. Plus, diving into a surprise in the snowboarding world after two superstars, Sage Kostenberg and Kaitlyn Farrington, left the sport — and what they’re up to now.

21mins

10 Feb 2018

Rank #1

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Day 2: Red Gerard’s slopestyle Gold, and the fight for women’s ski jumping

Meet 17-year-old Red Gerard, who just won the first U.S. gold medal in PyeongChang, and his exuberant family, who watched the run with our reporter Tim Struby. Plus, Katie Couric returns to examine how women’s ski jumping got to be an Olympic sport.

18mins

11 Feb 2018

Rank #2

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Day 3: Chef David Chang is on a mission to understand curling

Guest host David Chang, special correspondent for NBC Olympics, is flummoxed by curling. What are the rules? How do curlers train? Is there alcohol involved? In an effort to better understand the game, he sends Tim Struby to learn the ins and outs of the sport, attends a curling match, and interviews a world champion curler.

33mins

12 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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Day 5: The unified Korean hockey team and life inside North Korea; Mary Carillo

After a brief cameo from Gold medalist Chloe Kim, the Podium talks to longtime NBC Olympics broadcaster Mary Carillo about breaking gender barriers in sports reporting, her favorite Olympic moments, and the significance of the unified Korean women's hockey team. Then the team heads to the Korean team's game against Sweden, to talk to unified flag-waving fans about the historic moment. Finally, NBC News correspondent Keir Simmons takes us inside North Korea.

23mins

14 Feb 2018

Rank #4

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Day 11: Adam Rippon, the Olympic diet, studying on the slopes

Adam Rippon is here! The figure skater tells Lauren Shehadi why the Olympics is an opportunity to challenge stereotypes about LGBTQ athletes, discusses his friendship with Gus Kenworthy, and tells us why he feels like the winner of the Winter Olympics. Then, the Podium examines the Olympic diet: what's the best food to eat for athletic fuel? Finally, Tom Farrey takes a look at a program designed to maximize Olympians’ training time.

23mins

20 Feb 2018

Rank #5

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Day 10: All in the (Olympic) family; Vermont’s Olympic pedigree

The Podium follows the fiancé of an Olympic speedskater as he watches the race from the sidelines, and copes with the stress. Plus, Katie Couric has the story of how a small town in Vermont has sent a resident to nearly every Winter Olympics since 1984.

20mins

19 Feb 2018

Rank #6

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Day 9: Nathan Chen's rebound; Jonny Moseley's influence

Nathan Chen tells host Lauren Shehadi how he bounced back to make Olympic history, and talks about the NBA players who influence him. Jonny Mosley reflects on his Olympic career and takes a hard look at the weather's impact on the 2018 Games. Finally, we look at how Danny Davis has taken his passion for snowboarding and applied it to film.

22mins

18 Feb 2018

Rank #7

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Day 12: Facing their fears -- how Olympians come back from major injuries

Many events at the Winter Games involve high speeds, so when athletes get injured, it can be really gruesome. Oftentimes, it’s just a few months between a major injury and a medal-winning event. How do these athletes heal, physically and emotionally? Speed skater J.R. Celski tells The Podium about his difficult injury, and how he overcame his fears to get back into the rink.

19mins

21 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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Day 8: Gus Kenworthy empowers LGBTQ athletes; Devin Logan takes on slopestyle

Gus Kenworthy shares how he calms his parents' nerves when he competes in slopestyle, and explains why being out of the closet at the Olympics is a tremendous opportunity. Plus, Devin Logan breaks down freeskiing, the innovations that changed the sport, and why it’s known as a rebellious discipline.

16mins

17 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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Day 7: Mikaela Shiffrin falls short; Vonetta Flowers and black athletes at the Winter Olympics

Host Lauren Shehadi takes us to women's slalom, where alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin fails to win a medal in her second event in two days in PyeongChang, And The Podium takes a hard look at race and winter sports, with Vonetta Flowers, the first black athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

21mins

16 Feb 2018

Rank #10