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Sasha Sessions: A Team USA Podcast

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Sasha Sessions: A Team USA Podcast

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee

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Exceptional individuals share the stories that shaped them, how they define identity, and the motivations, habits, and opportunities that led to personal reinvention. Guests feature athletes from all sports and backgrounds, whose accomplishments inspire millions on the Olympic & Paralympic stage, and people outside of sports, whose work has challenged how we think about the world today.
 
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Meet six Team USA athletes headed to Tokyo for the Olympics and Paralympics this summer. For the final episode of season one, Sasha revisits some of her favorite conversations with six Tokyo-bound athletes: Yul Moldauer (gymnastics), Matt Scott (wheelchair basketball), Haylie McCleney (softball), Alex Massialas (fencing), Heimana Reynolds (skateboa…
 
Softball player Haylie McCleney joins Sasha this week. She explains what it means to be able to represent Team USA and be a part of softball's return to the Olympic Games this summer. Haylie and Sasha talk about how Haylie stays focused on her goals when faced with adversity. Haylie shares her passion for growing opportunities in women's sports bot…
 
Gymnast Yul Moldauer joins Sasha this week ahead of competing at 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics. Yul walks Sasha through his career - from accidentally discovering gymnastics as a child to becoming the most decorated NCAA gymnast in history. Yul shares how he found his 'why' during the pandemic and how this reinvigorated his training as…
 
Tyler Merren, 4x Paralympian in goalball, joins Sasha this week. He shares how he found his love for the Paralympic-only sport of goalball, leading him to a nearly two decade career with the national team. Tyler also shares how sports became a guiding force as he progressively lost his vision throughout his young life. Sasha and Tyler discuss how T…
 
Tianna Bartoletta, Olympic gold medalist in Track & Field, joins Sasha this week. Tianna explains the importance of mental training and how it's allowed her to unlock her full potential as a competitor. She also shares the difficult moments that inspired her to share her truth in her book, Survive & Advance.…
 
Yeonmi Park, a human right activist, joins Sasha on this week's episode. She details her escape from North Korea at age 13. Yeonmi describes what it was like to build a new life in a western culture, eventually settling in the United States, and how she continues to fight for her people.โดย U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee
 
David Brooks, cultural commentator and best-selling author, joins Sasha this week. He shares insight into his writings on morality and his personal struggle to build a meaningful life beyond his career.โดย U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee
 
Molly Bloom joins Sasha for this week's conversation. Molly shares her story from competitive skier to running an underground high stakes poker game. Sasha and Molly talk about how being an athlete and suffering career-ending injuries shaped each of the incredible highs and lows in Molly's life. She also explains her decision to share her life stor…
 
Sasha's Olympic teammate Jeremy Bloom joins her for this week's podcast. Jeremy talks about his path to the Olympic Games in skiing while playing collegiate football and eventually being drafted into the NFL. Jeremy explains how he transitioned into the tech space and coped with the loss of his identity as an athlete. He shares what he's learned ab…
 
Olympic Speedskater Maame Biney joins Sasha this week. Maame talks about her Olympic debut as the first Black women to represent Team USA in short track speedskating. She tells Sasha about learning to care for her mental health after the Olympics in 2018 and through the COVID-19 pandemic. Maame also explains how she began using her platform to push…
 
Peter Attia joins Sasha this week. Peter is a podcaster and doctor with a practice focused on longevity. Peter walks through the progression of his career and how he found a passion for the science of longevity. Peter reflects on his learnings from working with other athletes retiring from an elite career.…
 
Rolf Potts joins Sasha for this week's podcast. Rolf is an author and travel expert, who popularized the concept of vagabonding. Rolf explains how to create a lifestyle around travel. Sasha and Rolf discuss the challenges modern western society presents for travelers and how social media has changed the travel landscape.…
 
Alex Massialas, silver medalist in fencing, joins Sasha this week. They talk about Alex's rich family history in fencing and how his family has changed the career trajectory of today's fencers. Alex explains the mental side of fencing and how he gets in the zone to compete. Sasha asks Alex about using his platform to fight to restore 11 sports vars…
 
Tim Urban joins Sasha on this week's podcast. The two talk about how Tim got the idea for his popular blog 'Wait But Why,' how he's grown and sustained his curiosity about the world over the years and more.โดย U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee
 
J'den Cox, Olympic bronze medalist in wrestling, joins Sasha this week. They talk about his prep for Olympic Trials later this week and his mentality headed into a big match as a world champion. J'den explains how self-acceptance has allowed him to reach his full potential as an athlete. He shares his struggles with depression and hearing loss, whi…
 
Olympic Swimmer Elizabeth Beisel joins Sasha this week. Elizabeth walks Sasha through the highs and lows of her decorated career, spanning three Olympic Games. She explains how she learned to value her mental health as an athlete. Elizabeth also shares how she learned to love swimming again after a particularly disappointing Olympic Games performan…
 
Brian Koppelman joins Sasha for this week’s episode. Brian is the co-creator and show running of the hit TV show Billions and co-writer of other well-known movies like Oceans 13 and Rounders. Sasha and Brian talk about how he defines success and how that’s changed over the many phases of his career in entertainment.…
 
Paralympic Snowboarder Brittani Coury joins Sasha this week. Brittani shares how she finds her identity in her love of snowboarding and passion for nursing. Sasha asks her about taking time away from training to be a nurse on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brittani explains her journey to the Paralympics and her mission to uplift the next…
 
Meet Paralympic Gold Medalist Brad Snyder on this week’s Sasha Sessions: A Team USA Podcast. Brad shares his journey to the Paralympics after being blinded by an IED in combat. Sasha and Brad talk about how navigating the different phases in his life – his military career, his life after injury, his Paralympic career, switching to paratriathlon – h…
 
Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, joins Sasha this week. Susan describes her transition from working as a cooperate lawyer to following her dream as an author. She explains how she navigates the world as an introvert in a society that values extroverted characteristics, especially in profession…
 
Show Notes: :28 – Career overlaps between Sasha and Adam 1:31 – Missing two Olympic teams (2010, 2014) and debuting at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 5:39 – Reflecting on and appreciating difficult career moments later in life 7:01 – Being in the ESPN Body Issue after the Games 8:18 – Adam finding his voice on Twitter and his infamous Tw…
 
Show Notes: :30 – How Matt has stayed at the top of his game so long 1:30 – Evolving his training as a mature athlete 4:09 – Goal setting and winning gold in Rio 6:29 – Culture of Team USA’s wheelchair basketball team and Matt’s role on the team 8:57 – Dealing with burnout or loss of motivation 12:05 – What shapes Matt’s positive attitude 16:15 – H…
 
Show Notes: :26 – Growing up and her parents’ influence on her life 2:15 – Preparing a potential second Olympic Games 3:57 – Adapting to training at home amid the COVID pandemic 5:20 – Making the most of the extra year to prepare for the Games 6:50 – Taking time off and what it looks like to come back to gymnastics 8:18 – Finding support in2016 tea…
 
Show Notes: :55 – Who is Simon and how does it shape his work 2:21 – What started Simon onto his unique view of the world 6:20 – How does someone start to find their why 10:42 – The theory behind his book The Infinite Game 18:52 – Where does our desire and uplifting of winners come from in our society 27:20 – Identity of leaders and placing your wo…
 
Show Notes: :41 – What it means to have skateboarding in the Olympic Games 1:50 – What are the misconceptions about skateboarding 4:52 – How will the Olympics help or change skateboarding 5:48 – Skateboarding culture 7:30 – Explaining two disciplines of skateboarding competition 9:32 – Growing up Hawaii 11:12 – how surfing influences his skateboard…
 
Show Notes: :35 – Winning the gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 2:54 – Switching up the team’s focus after devastating loss in 2014 6:15 – What did the team put on hold to focus on gold in 2018 8:38 – Winning gold being part of the bigger fight for parity in women’s sports 10:14 – Seeing the bigger picture and the fight for eq…
 
Show Notes · :41 – Life changing accident while on vacation with friends · 6:40 – Processing and interpreting the accidental circumstances the lead to his accident · 10:47 – Learning to accept his life circumstances and move forward with a positive attitude · 14:15 – Mom’s influence on his life and positive mindset · 16:39 – The role of goal settin…
 
Show Notes: :33 – Learning to make time for yourself 3:19 – Traumatic experience and defining success in life 8:06 – Spirituality and how it helps define success 10:28 – Learning to allow things in life 11:59 – How Arianna’s mother shaped her life 14:44 – Shifting sense of identity and how Arianna defines herself now 16:50 – How to separate who you…
 
Show Notes: :55 – Soul searching at age 15 to shape his Olympic career 17:00 – Finding identity, transitioning to life after the Olympics 28:14 – How he defines success outside of sport 35:36 – New book 40:52 – Core influences in Apolo’s life 46:33– Olympic or Paralympic moment in lifeโดย U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee
 
Show Notes :28 – Mindset going into Tokyo 2020 in 2021 vs. Rio Games 2016 3:42 – Career after Tokyo Games, new professional swimming league 6:28 – Competing at your first Games 11:36 – Struggles and decision to keep swimming 16:10 – Dealing with injuries 17:56 – Coaching influences 22:03 - Current coach 24:31 – Identity outside of swimming 31:55 – …
 
Sasha Cohen, Olympic silver medalist in figure skating, hosts Team USA's first ever podcast. Sasha speaks with exceptional people - both athletes and thought leaders - about their struggles, motivations and quest to define who they are in the world. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, and join Sasha for new episodes every Monday.…
 
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