Medals & More - a conversation with Dame Katherine Grainger
Getting behind the scenes of Olympic and Paralympic sport
This isMedals & More, the podcast taking you behind the scenes of British Olympic and Paralympic sport. Hosted by Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian and now the Chair of UK Sport,Medals & M
#7 Freestyle Sport in the Summer & Winter Olympics
Season 1, Ep. 7
Freestyle sport isn’t new to the Olympics, the speed, showmanship and ability to perform aerial manoeuvres whilst skiing was debuted in 1988, but freestyle and action sports are increasing at both the Winter and Summer Games.In this episode of Medals & More, the podcast getting behind the scenes of Olympic and Paralympic sport, five time Olympic medallist and now the Chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger welcomes two experts in their fields.Rich King is British Cycling’s BMX Freestyle Park Lead, as the sport makes its debut at Tokyo next year, and Pat Sharples, Head of Coaching at GB Snowsport, which has seen British athletes achieving more podium finishes and top 10 results in more disciplines than ever before.This episode, recorded before lockdown, also brings this current season of Medals & More to a close, but we’ll be back soon counting down to the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021! Listen and subscribe and you won’t miss a moment!
#6 Mental Health Awareness Week during Lockdown
Season 1, Ep. 6
Across the sporting community, there has been an increased focus on athlete wellbeing. We are used to hearing from athletes about their physical problems, but what about their mental health?In this episode of Medals & More, the podcast getting behind the scenes of Olympic and Paralympic sport, recorded during Mental Health Awareness Week, five time Olympic medallist and now the Chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger welcomes a panel of three guests to discuss the emotional challenges facing athletes aiming to be the best.Two time Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold, Great Britain's most successful Winter Olympian ever, describes how the pressure of training for the Olympic Games meant she often cried herself to sleep at night, whilst world record holding race walker Tom Bosworth admits that following his disqualification during the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, he attempted to take his own life.There is support for athletes in the shape of Performance Lifestyle Advisors at the English Institute of Sport and Jo Harrison discusses what is now in place to help athletes struggling with their mental health.The podcast was recorded in mid-May with Katherine and the entire panel speaking remotely from their homes.
#5 Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021 - Team GB's Mark England
Season 1, Ep. 5
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is now due to take place exactly one year later in Japan, following the unprecedented postponement of the Games due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world.In this episode of Medals and More, the podcast getting behind the scenes of Olympic & Paralympic sport, 5 time Olympic medalist and now UK Sport chair, Dame Katherine Grainger catches up with Team GB's 'Chef De Mission' Mark England.They discuss what the 'chef's' role is, the impact, at the once unthinkable delay to an Olympics, is having on athletes and support staff and why its the case some British competitors still know they've been selected to represent Team GB, while others will have to wait til after lockdown to prove themselves.The podcast was recorded in mid-April 2020 with Katherine and Mark speaking remotely from their homes.
#4 British sport reacts to Tokyo 2020 postponement
Season 1, Ep. 4
The Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled for 2020 have been postponed to 2021 by the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and local organisers in Tokyo.This was as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.It means that the bodies behind Team GB and Para GB now have to re-organise their arrangements and logistics for the games. It also means UK Sport - the Government Agency which manages the funding of sport in this country now needs to look at how to fund Olympic and Paralympic sport through to 2021.In this episode of Medals and More, the chair of UK Sport Dame Katherine Grainger speaks to the respective CEO's of the organisations responsible for dealing with the current challenges. She is joined by Andy Anson - the CEO of the British Olympic Association, Mike Sharrock - the CEO of the British Paralympic Association and Sally Munday - the CEO of UK Sport.The podcast was recorded in mid-April 2020 with all the participants joining the discussion remotely from home.
#3 Leadership & Coaching - Sir Andrew Strauss
Season 1, Ep. 3
Medals & More - a conversation with Dame Katherine Grainger - the podcast taking you behind the scenes of Olympic and Paralympic sport.In this episode, Katherine speaks to a man who has done it all in his sport - Sir Andrew Strauss. He was part of the historic 2005 Ashes winning team, captain by 2009 before finally calling time on his playing career when England lost their number one Test ranking in 2012 - that magical summer wasn't for everyone! Andrew discusses his successful techniques as a leader, after becoming the first director of England cricket, eventually overseeing the team's return to number one in the world!Katherine also gets top tips on the management and development of athletes from GB head coaches Paula Dunn of British Athletics and Greg Baker of British Para Table Tennis.Medals & More - a conversation with Katherine Grainger - Listen & subscribe and you won't miss a moment!
#2 Medals & More - Max Whitlock, Sir Lee Pearson and Helen & Kate Richardson-Walsh
Season 1, Ep. 2
Medals & More - a conversation with Dame Katherine Grainger - the podcast taking you behind the scenes of Olympic and Paralympic sport.In this episode, we focus on the record-breaking success of Rio 2016 and look ahead to this summer's Tokyo Games - can Team GB & Para GB equal those achievements?Katherine catches up with double Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock about his triumph in Brazil and how he's now preparing for Japan. We hear from Paralympic champions Sir Lee Pearson & John Walker on their goals for the Games and Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh reveal the secrets behind the success of the British Women's Hockey team that claimed Olympic gold in 2016, four years on from winning bronze at our home games in London.Medals & More - a conversation with Dame Katherine Grainger - download & subscribe and you won't miss a moment!
#1 Medals & More - a conversation with Dame Katherine Grainger
Season 1, Ep. 1
Medals & More - a conversation with Dame Katherine Grainger - the podcast taking you behind the scenes of British Olympic and Paralympic Sport.In this episode, we hear from British Olympic and Paralympic medallists who've won gold, silver and bronze since the start of funding in elite sport in the UK in 1996 and Katherine meets one of our greatest ever Paralympians - Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson - to discuss the impact the National Lottery has had on GB's success at recent Games, culminating in a record breaking performance at Rio 2016.