Conversations from the world of women’s sports

Tara Campbell talks to Lisa Abramson, a former marketing executive turned executive coach, speaker and entrepreneur, who changed her direction after battling postpartum depression and psychosis. Lisa found running and yoga inspired and motivated her during her struggle, which has since guided her to a higher level of self awareness and discipline in her daily schedule and sleep routine.  After a decade spent as a marketing executive in California, she now works full-time to inspire other women to follow their dreams to achieve success through Mindfulness Based Achievement (MBA), a program she co-founded, which delivers corporate and individual programs.  Fore more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Chris Stafford and Cindi Leeman talk to record-breaking 8-time Canadian Race Walking Champion Rachel Seaman about how she balances high performance training with pregnancy and family life. With her second baby due in May, Rachel is planning to train to the last moment. Once her baby is born she will be back on track for this year's races with her sights firmly set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. 

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Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara take on more important topics in women's sports from the potential undermining of Title XI under the new U.S. Secretary of Education, to the free movement of Muslim athletes competing in the U.S. during the 'uncertain chaos' surrounding immigration, and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) ban on hijabs. This 'nefarious' threat to the Los Angeles Olympic bid is discussed plus Kelly has a Gripe of the Week that involves tights and yoga pants.  On the bright side Cuba has it's first female boxing team that's worth a mention in the Hype of the Week, and Nigeria is preparing its first Bobsled team for the Winter Olympics. For more conversations from the world of women's sport visit WiSP Sports at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky take a closer look at diversity in triathlon following the 2017 Triathlon Business International Conference at which Sara led a panel that included African American triathlete Sika Henry. To expand this important conversation Sika tells us more about her own experiences and ways the sport can work towards increasing diversity. Some suggestions are to encourage minorities in local clubs and create mentors for young people. Clearly the important thing for the sport is to better understand the issues facing minorities from learning to swim to hair care for women. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports. 

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Mountain Biker, Mountain Runner and Adventurist Traharn Chidley shares her very personal and traumatic story of surviving domestic abuse and how sport gave her the strength and confidence to take control of her life. Narrated by Chris Stafford.  For more conversations from the world of women’s sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Olympic short track speed skater Isabelle Charest, who will be Canada’s Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, has made a seamless transition from her athletic career which spanned three decades to representing the Canadian Olympic Committee and the athletes of today. Charest, a native of Rimouski, Québec, medalled in three consecutive Olympic Winter Games. Making her Olympic debut at Lillehammer 1994, she won silver as a member of the 3000m relay team. She again captured bronze medals at Nagano in 1998 and at Salt Lake City in 2002 in the same event. Charest served as Assistant Chef de Mission at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and earlier that year she was Canada’s Chef de Mission at the Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympic Games. She was also on the Mission Team at the 2012 London Olympic Games.  For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Former Canadian World Cup team mates Maria Samson and Kim Donaldson are back with the very latest on the Rugby Six Nations which is happening right now...and then it's all about their picks of Tight Fives for the 2017 World Cup this summer. Everything you need to know about loose-end scrummagers, hookers, props and the second row and who to look out for when the best of the best get to Ireland in August. For more rugby and other conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World New Zealand

White Ferns Cricketer Sophie Devine joins our Zoe George in the co-host chair this month. We hear from Ironwoman Tamsyn Hayes on prepping for Challenge Wanaka— translating mountain running to the Ironman shuffle—and how she's had to adapt after the difficult birth of her baby. Sheep shearing makes its debut on WiSP Sports as Roysey Maryanne Batey tells us what it’s like to be gearing up for the World Shearing and Wool Handling World Championships in Invercargill—only in New Zealand. We talk media coverage of Olympic athletes with Ashley Abbott from the NZ Olympic Association and producer Laura Keown chats with Olympic Heptahlete Sarah Cowley about the Olympic ambassador programme.  For more conversations from the world of women's sports viist us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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A History of Hockey written by Penny Hopkins and narrated by Chris Stafford tells the story of the women's game, which began in its most basic form in ancient times and dates back to some of the earliest civilisations. We hear how the game has development across continents from grassroots to international level, and how its popularity has grown through regional championships to Champions Trophy and the Olympic Games, with the next World Cup taking place in London in 2018. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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In the Locker Room this week, Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara discuss sexual abuse of young athletes by coaches. Why are there so many case of sexual misconduct in sport and what can we do to make changes to protect our vulnerable children? Kelly catches up with U.S. National Track Cycling Champion and 2016 Olympic Games team member Missy Erickson who recently shared her story of abuse in a revealing article in Bicycle Magazine. And then Sara and Kelly talk to former athlete, lawyer and activist Nancy Hogshead-Makar to learn more about the issues and find out how we stop the cycle of mistreatment and silent. And of course don't miss the Hype and Gripe of the week which is always enlightening. For more conversations from around the world of women's sport visit us at www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation @WiSPSports.

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Breaking Free is a brand new show in which sportswomen discuss mental health issues and how sport helps them overcome personal challenges. We will be hearing from women who have different experiences and who have generously agreed to share their journeys while offering some advice and resources. In this first episode, runner and journalist Tara Campbell talks to British runner and author Tina Chantrey. Tina experienced a traumatic divorce being was left with three young children and wondering how she was going to manage to find a home and support them. Her story is a triumph and we hear how running became her sanctuary. Tina is a contributing editor at Women’s Running Magazine UK. She suffered from postpartum depression after the births of her three daughters. Tina also went through divorce and has written a book — The Divorce Survival Guide — which focuses a lot on mental health, giving readers a six-stage running program to help them cope with the conflicting emotions of divorce and stages of grief. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on our social media channels @WiSP Sports.      

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Chris Stafford talks to Cathy O'Dowd, the South African rock climber, mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. Cathy began climbing while in university and at 21 took part in her first mountain expedition to the Ruwenzori in central Africa. The first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest from both south and north sides, she was a member of the First South African Everest Expedition which reached the summit in 1996 following the route used by Edmund Hillary. In 2000 Cathy became the fourth woman to climb Lhotse, the world's fourth highest mountain. She has climbed mountains across southern and central Africa, and South America. Cathy is married to the First South African Everest Expedition leader Ian Woodall.  For more conversations around the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and join us on our social media channles @WiSP Sports.

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Chris Stafford and Cindi Leeman's guest is Erin Taylor Talcott who is best known for being a pioneer for women's equality in race walking, striving to make the 50K a distance for women internationally. She's the first woman to compete in a men's Olympic Trials event which she did in 2012 at the men's 50K Olympic Trials where she placed 6th.  She's the winner of the first ever Area Championship for a women's 50K which she did in 2015 in Arica, Chile.  And she's the first woman to compete in a genderblind competition when she raced at the IAAF World Team Championships of Race Walking in Rome, Italy where she placed 39th in the world. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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On this week's WiSP IronWomen, Ruth Brennan Morrey is a 41-year-old mother of three, has a PhD in Counselling Psychology, is a former Division I and Semi-Pro soccer player and Olympic Trials marathon runner. Ruth competed in her first triathlon in 2011 and raced as an amateur for two seasons before entering the professional ranks. She is an Ironman 70.3 Champion and most recently ended her 2016 with a 4th place at IM Arizona. Ruth joins Sara Gross and Alyssa Godesky to unpack the question “How does she do it all?” Find out more about Ruth’s routine, her eating habits and how her background in psychology informs her triathlon career. Then, amateur triathlete Bridget Haga joins us with her burning questions for Ruth. For more conversations from around the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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On this week's episode of Locker Room Talk Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara ask: Should women be paid as much as men in cycling? Kathryn Bertine joins the conversation and explains how women’s cycling can hold its own in a free market economy. Across all sports, the argument is often made that women do not deserve to be paid as much as men because they don't draw the same crowds or viewership. Why do female athletes deserve the same attention, respect and monetary return as their male counterparts? How do we create equality in a capitalist milieu? Kathryn Bertine is a former pro cyclist herself and also a long-time advocate for women in cycling, who made a documentary film on the topic and has recently launched a new project to help up-and-coming women in the sport.

Hockey player Kirsten Toth stops by to discuss body checking, and the lack there-of, in women’s hockey and Sara and Kelly bring you the Hype, and the Gripe, of the week. For more conversations from the world of women's sports visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Rugby World Cup Silver Medalist Maria Samson is joined by her former team-mate Kim Donaldson to discuss the World Cup in this episode of Ruck On. They pick some players to watch from the top five ranked team and discuss a selection of standout performances as well as bringing us up to date with the final World Cup Pools. Tune in to Ruck On every month leading up to the 2017 World Cup this August in Ireland. For more conversations from the world of women’s sports visit www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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 WiSP IronWomen kicks off the new year with a star-studded line-up of guests as Sara Gross welcomes her new co-host Alyssa Godesky. They are joined by Ironman champions and all-round inspirational women; Mary-Beth Ellis, Meredith Kessler, Hillary Biscay and Marilyn Chychota. Hear what motivates and activates these highly successful sportswomen and what they share with their athletes as they plan their year. For more global women’s sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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As we approach 2017 Sara and Kelly consider the value of new year’s resolutions and consult Danelle Kabush who has a PhD in social psychology and is a mental performance consultant with several Canadian national teams. Plus Kelly has the Gripe of the Week which involves a Fitbit reminding her of her weight, and Sara offers something to celebrate in women’s sports with the Hype of the Week. For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Abby Ehler from The Magenta Project talks to Team Magenta 32 Skipper Sally Barkow about the 2017 Extreme Sailing Series which starts in Perth, Australia in March. Sally skippered the new crew in 2016 and is bringing that experience to the next round having been awarded the second card for the series which runs through November in different venues. They also have all the latest news of women sailing in different classes around the world. For more global women's sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on social media by following us @WiSP Sports.

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Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara are back in the locker room with more frank and female banter about sport, women and their perspective on life in and around sport. The question they pose this week is—Why don't more people watch women's sport? Plus they have not just the Gripe of the Week but also the Hype of the Week so tune in and prepare to be at least informed and entertained.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on our social media channels @WiSP Sports.

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Maria Samson is back with a round-up of women's international rugby. She reviews recent games of the nations that are campaigning towards the 2017 Rugby World Cup, offering her assessment of the matches that have taken place over the last month, including the formats they were playing. It's a fascinating insight from a former international who has played these nations and knows many of their tactics.  For more global women's sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on social media @WiSP Sports.

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In A History of Rugby, written by Penny Hopkins and narrated by Chris Stafford, we explore the origins of the game, why women were first playing in secret, Miss Emily Valentine's role in the game and chronicle the sport's development from World War II through to the establishment of Rugby Sevens, the introduction of international competitions and participating nations through to the advent of professional status for women and the prospects for the 2017 World Cup. For more global women's sports coverage visit www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Big Wave Surfer Paige Alms recently won the notorious JAWS event in Hawaii and is one of few who have successfully paddled into Peahi.  At 28 years old, the Canadian has made Maui her home where she is guaranteed the big waves she needs to train. Paige is considered the world’s best female big wave surfer in a sport that carries high risk and demands boundless courage to ride a wave that can swallow you up and carry you under. There are relatively few women among the ranks of this male dominated sport but Paige has been riding the waves for 18 years. She made her competitive mark by winning the NSSA Open Women’s Explorer’s title in 2006. In 2015 she stole the surf world’s attention when she threaded through the barrel of a 20-foot-plus wave she paddled into at Jaws. Also in 2015, Alms was nominated for a ESPY Award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete and received the Women’s Best Overall Performance Award at the WSL Big Wave Awards. For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and if you like what we do share on social media by following us @WiSP Sports.

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This week in the locker room, where women discuss issues in the sports world, Sara & Kelly are joined by Sally Bergesen, CEO of Oiselle, a women’s running apparel company based in Seattle, WA, to discuss marketing to and sponsoring female athletes, why this is a lucrative market and that clothing is an important aspect of empowering sportswomen.  And Sara introduces a new segment to the show - Gripe of the Week!  Tune in to find out what's irking her this week. Fast becoming a much anticipated show, don’t miss our bi-weekly episodes by visiting www.wispsports.com and check out all the other global women’s sports coverage.  Join in the conversation on our social media @WiSP Sports.

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Powder Run: S1E2

Ski Coach & Former US Team Ski Racer Jessica Kelley has an update on the Audi FIS World Cup skiing season beginning with the Giant Slalom and Slalom races in Killington, VT this past weekend where France's Tessa Worley and American Mikaela Shiffrin took the top honors in front of a partisan crowd. Jess offers her perspective on who is trending up and down since the season got underway in Solden, Austria before heading to Levi in Finland and on to the Eastern USA for the first World Cup race in 25 years. We also hear about the athletes who have been sidelined with injury and how their absence may impact the tour as training gets underway for the downhill in Lake Louise, Canada this weekend. Catch Jess every month as she shares the news and views from the slopes. In the meanwhile, visit us at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World Canada

Retired Ironman Champion Sara Gross and Canadian Rugby International Maria Samson are joined by 2016 Rio Olympic 75kg Wrestling Gold Medalist Erica Wiebe who shares her Olympic performance, how she gets in the zone, and how her life has changed since becoming Olympic Champion.  As sportswomen from three diverse sports their discussion on body image reveals an insight into how elite athletes cope with something that effects all women and their frank conversation and perspectives send a powerful message.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social medai @WiSP Sports.

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Walk Don’t Run - The Race Walking Show - race walker Cindi Leeman joins Sara Gross to bring you the latest podcast about this fast growing sport that made its Olympic debut for women in 1992.  Their first guest is Bonnie Stein who has been teaching, training and race-walking for 28 years - she is known as Tampa Bay’s ‘Walk Your Talk’ Coach for helping thousands of people of all ages to take up the sport. Join Cindi & Sara every month to find out more about what's happening in the sport. For more global women’s sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media channels @WiSP Sports.

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Welcome to the latest WiSP Sports Radio podcast Locker Room Talk with Sara Gross and Kelly O’Mara. Conversations that are disrespectful and derogatory - too often towards women - are frequently downplayed and disregarded as “Locker Room talk.” Sara and Kelly team up in a show that turns the tables on this notion. It’s not a show about women’s sport per se, but women talking about sport. In this first episode Sara and Kelly talk about the U.S. presidential election, and, most importantly, how we create a space for women in one of the most masculine arenas in the western world - Sport and why “mansplaining” is more than an occasional annoyance. Plus some controversial news about women athletes in surfing and running. Join Sara and Kelly now, in the Locker Room.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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This week on the WiSP IronWomen podcast, recently retired multiple Ironman champion Mary Beth Ellis shares insights and wisdom from her highly successful triathlon career. Hear her conversation with Sara Gross about how she got into the sport, how she became really good, really fast, and what’s next in life for Mary Beth. Alyssa Godesky joins Sara on the show for a quick chat about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election - how something as simple as sport can help heal great divides, and what TriEqual is doing to provide opportunities for women in triathlon. And, Karen Thibodeau is back as Sara's co-host on her way to a blind date. Laugh, contemplate and celebrate the women of triathlon with us on WiSP IronWomen.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Zoe George is joined again by Karen Nimmo for another packed episode of WiSP World New Zealand live from Radio New Zealand in Wellington. On this month’s episode - Homosexuality in sport - Sally Shaw shares her research into sexual identity in sport in New Zealand.
New Zealand Cricket has been neglecting women in the sport for more than 25 years and we hear the latest research from Liz Dawson - the stats and what can be done to effect a change for the better makes for an interesting discussion. Laura Keown talks to 2015 Challenge Taupo Champion Bronwyn MacGregor to hear how she feels about defending her title in this premier cycling event. Plus a ton of news of Kiwi women across a variety of sports and, not forgetting, an update on Zoe’s show biz career. For more global women’s sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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The Sailing Show returns with a new series of news, views and interviews from around the world. The Magenta Project sailors: Abby Ehler and Carolijn Brouwer bring us up to date with women's news from new rules for the Volvo Ocean Race, Extreme Sailing Series, Vendee Globe, World Match Race Series, GC32 Race Series, Oman Sailing women's programme preparing for Saudi Arabia The Tour. Visit us at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Maria Samson launches WiSP Radio's newest podcast - Ruck On; The Rugby Show. Each month the former Canadian international and co-host of WiSP World Canada, will bring the latest news and views as well as game action and qualifying results in the lead up to the 2017 Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Ireland next August.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World Australia

Beth Davis and Ashleigh Nelson return for a new season of WiSP World Australia after the summer hiatus enjoying a festival of sport including the Rio Olympic Games and they have two great guests from those Games. Javelin thrower Kim Mickle who tells of her disappointing games when her shoulder dislocated during competition. She is now rehabbing following more surgery and in the meanwhile has taken up football which is challenging her in very different ways from fitness to technique. Trap Shooter Catherine Skinner had very different fortunes in Rio and tells of her amazement in winning Olympic gold and what's in store next for the 26 year old who now has her sights set on the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  Visit is at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.  

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WiSP IronWomen: S2E1

The WiSP IronWomen podcast is back: Sara Gross and co-host Karen Thibodeau launch the new series with a short game of “What do you know?” in which we find out that, while she loves swimming, biking and running, Karen has some homework to do when it comes to Triathlon’s legends. 

Sara talks to athlete, coach and author Siri Lindley who just released her first book with writer Julia Polloreno. Hear all about how Siri and Julia worked together to create the masterpiece and get behind-the-scenes insights into some of the book’s crazy stories. In 2000-2002 Siri dominated the ITU World Cup series winning race after race including the World Championships in 2001. Siri then retired while at the top and pursued her passion to help others reach their potential in triathlon and now coaches a great group of athletes who are part of Team Sirius. A well-spring of positive energy, Siri knows how to get the best out of people. Her incredible coaching career includes Olympic medalists, Multiple Ironman World Champions including her legendary partnership with Mirinda (Rinny) Carfrae. Siri and her partner Rebekah (Bek) Keat are also the first openly gay couple in the triathlon limelight, a happy ending to the a long struggle described on the pages of Surfacing: From the Depths of Self-Doubt to Winning Big and Living Fearlessly. 

Visit us at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage and join us on our social media channels @WiSP Sports.
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WiSP World Canada

Sara Gross and Maria Samson are back with our news magazine show that covers the news of women in Canadian sport. Canadian Olympic Middle-distance runner Hilary Stellingwerff stops by to review her performance in Rio, her retirement from track running to take up road racing, and how she feels about young girls getting into sport. 

Andrea Katz from Fit Communications discusses the reasons why it’s important to offer a wide range of opportunities for young girls in sport and the issues they face.  Visit www.wispsports.com for more global women’s sports coverage and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Catriona Morrison, MBE, is a multiple Duathlon World Champion and multiple Ironman and Ironman 70.3 triathlon Champion. Since retiring from professional sport in January 2015, Catriona has spent most of her time developing Everactiv - a kid’s activewear company.  She tells us what she learned during her years as a pro athlete, how she felt receiving her MBE from Prince Charles and her vision for Everactiv. Catriona and business partner Linda Barklay have recently launched an initiative called Club Everactiv, designed to give back to kid’s sports clubs across the UK.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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Greek born Juliana Buhring, who has dual German-English nationality, is an ultra endurance cyclist.  She has taken on some of the longest bike rides in the world in the past four years having discovered the sport more by opportunity rather than ambition. Juliana was raised in the religious sect Children of God and suffered shocking abuse from which she eventually broke free only later to lose the love of her life in a tragic accident. It was during this period of grieving that she was inspired by a friend to start biking and take on marathon challenges.  In 2012 Juliana cycled around the world which took 152 days from Naples to Naples with 144 pedaling days for which she made the Guiness Book of Records. A year later she took on the inaugural Transcontinental Race from London to Instanbul. In 2014, she won the women’s category and finished fourth in the Trans Am Race from Oregon to Virginia over 4, 322 miles and 20 days. And this year she completed the Race Across America crossing 12 states and 3000 miles. 

For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.



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Powder Run is a brand new podcast in which former U.S. Team Racer Jessica Kelley presents the latest news and views from the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour beginning with a season preview. Who will be at the start gate this weekend in Solden for the first Giant Slalom race and who will be missing in Austria? Hear Jess' predictions for the race and who to watch out for when the tour move to the U.S.  For more global women's sports coverage visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on our social media channels @WiSP Sports. Email info@wispsports.com with your comments, questions and suggestions. 

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Kitesurfing: Daniela Moroz

On Sport in Focus this week we take a closer look at Kitesurfing with the newly crowned world champion Daniela MorozA sophomore at Campalindo High School near San Francisco, Daniela has been kitesurfing internationally for the past three years and recently beat the reigning world champion in China to snatch the title.  All you need is a board and kite to harness the waves and the wind, much like sailing -  it’s a sport that is very exciting to watch producing great images and is becoming increasingly popular although it’s still in the shadows compared to mainstream sports. For more information and resources visit www.wispsports.com where you'll find much more global women's sports coverage. And join us on social media @WiSP Sports. We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions at info@wispsports.com.

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Runner and journalist Tara Campbell narrates her story of living with ADHD, how she faced her diagnosis, came to terms with its prognosis and accepted the love and support that enabled her to move forwards with her career, her sport and her relationship.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com for more global women's sports coverage. Join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Moira Lassen is the first woman to be elected to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and is also Chair of its Women's Commission. A recent decision by the IWF to add a weight category thus ensuring female weightlifters achieve gender parity was the result of her work to continually develop the sport for women. Moira explains where the sport is now and how women are making their mark for athletes today and future generations in all roles. Visit us at www.wispsports.com for resources in weightlifting and more global women's sports coverage. Follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Sara Gross & Kelly O’Mara wrap up their humorous and somewhat cynical review of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Paralympic Games highlighting the headlines, scandals and dramas both on and off the field. Their conclusions on the challenges facing the IOC before the next games to damage limitation on fallout from Rio; WADA’s credibility, doping control and where is ‘Fancy Bear’?  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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The Horse Show: Bettina Hoy

British-based German Eventing Olympian Bettina Hoy recently found her winning form at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials (CCI3*) riding the 10 year old Westfalian gelding Seigneur Medicott. This came just a week after finishing sixth at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (CCI4*) with her Rio Olympic Games Reserve; the 12 year old Westfalian gelding Designer 10.  Chris Stafford spoke to Bettina in an exclusive interview for WiSP Sports Radio. 

Visit Bettina's Facebook Page here and follow her on Twitter @BettinaHoy and join us at www.wispsports.com and @WiSP Sports.
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Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara discuss the brilliance and banality surrounding the Paralympics, the cloak and dagger shrouding the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and why these games are a challenge to follow.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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A History of Netball

A History of Netball by Penny Hopkins, narrated by Chris Stafford, tells the story of netball from its origins on America's eastern seaboard in 1891 to its evolution across commonwealth countries, the emergence of sponsorship and surge of media attention that has made it a hugely popular global sport with 20 million players in 80 countries. Hear how it developed and which teams are a force to be reckoned with in the modern era.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Visually impaired Paratriathlete Christine Robbins and her guide Sasha Robbins will be representing Canada at the Rio Paralympics. Sara Gross caught up with them during a training session in Victoria, BC to hear about their preparation for the games.

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Canadian Paralympian Chantel Givens tells fellow triathlete Sara Gross about growing up as an athletic child despite missing a hand at birth, her transition from diver to triathlete and her excitement about being selected for the Paralympic team in Rio.  Chantel explains the adaptations to her bike and how she learned to transition from swim to bike to run. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World New Zealand

Zoe George has another great show from Wellington with guest co-host Karen Nimmo sitting in for Katrina Grant. Their guests are NZ Paralympics CEO Fiona Allen live from Rio on what we should expect from New Zealand Paralympians at the games; Dr. Stacy Sims who has just released a book called Roar about female physiology plus media coverage of the Olympics with Toni Bruce from the University of Auckland. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join in the conversation on social media with us @WiSP Sports.

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This week on Five Ring Circus, Sara and Kelly discuss all things Paralympics, where it started, what it means and why we should tune in. Listen as Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara do a quick run down of everything you need to know about the games after the games - from how it got started to what sports are played.  How are para-athletes categorized and is it fair?  Why Down Syndrome athletes are fighting for inclusion.  What's the purpose of the other parallel Olympic movements like the Special Olympics and Deaflympics? All this and more on this week's episode of Five Ring Circus. 
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Canadian Show Jumper Amy Millar, 39, made her Olympic debut in Rio riding the nine-year-old gelding Heros and began the individual competition with a clear round.  Alas the team narrowly lost to Germany in a jump-off for the team bronze medal but for Millar this was a career highlight in her first championships. Her father, Ian, 69, (aka Captain Canada) has already competed in 10 Olympic Games and with her six-year-old daughter Lily already following in her footsteps, these Olympics have made Millar even more ambitious to continue the family tradition of becoming a multi-Olympian. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. 

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Between the Olympic Games and Paralympics Sara Gross & Kelly O'Mara pause to reflect on what just happened in Rio. The human cost of mega sporting events vs. the tangible, intangible and often hypothetic “good” of the Olympic Games.  How did the refugee team do? At the end of the day, You can’t measure a change in attitude. On U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte - if he had said “extorted” instead of “robbed” this might never have been an issue. Kelly added “vocabulary is not his strong point.” Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Lee Craigie from Glasgow, is a former Scottish and British Cross Country Bike Champion who competed for Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She is one of the co-founders of The Adventure Syndicate - a visionary group of bike riders whose mission is to encourage more women and girls to challenge themselves - and mostly spends her time promoting the sport wherever her travels take her. The group completed the Highland Trail _550 this summer around the remotest reaches of Scotland which she says was deeply rewarding to reach that level of achievement and self-satisfaction. With a ride across the Pyrenees in France next on her list of challenges, Lee and The Adventure Syndicate are truly motivating not just younger generations but all ages to get out on their bike and really their dreams. Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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This week on the Five Ring Circus, Sara and Kelly ask “WTF just happened in Rio?”  Listen as Sara Gross and Kelly O’Mara discuss Caster Semenya and ask “Does women’s sport need protection?”  Who gets to decide who is a woman for the purposes of competition and on what basis?  Then, why did Ryan Lochte lie about being mugged?  Hear all about the stories from the Games that are not meant for television.  And never, ever lie to your mom.

For more women's sports coverage go to www.wispsports.com or follow us on social media at WiSP Sports.


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Security issues and commentator faux pas dominate the news this week as Sara and Kelly ask "Is Olympic Coverage sexist?" 

On Five Ring Circus, Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara talk about all the latest news from Rio. This week's topic is: "Is Olympic Coverage sexist?" 

Security continues to be a major issue in Rio with numerous incidents over the last seven days. US commentators are being held accountable on social media for comments made about female athletes and all the while feats of sporting greatness are accomplished, records are set and champions are made. 

For more women's sports coverage go to www.wispsports.com or follow us on Twitter @wispsports

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The Opening Ceremony is tonight and after weeks of criticism and questioning, Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara are back with nine awesome stories to watch out for in Rio. 

Doping scandals and security problems have filled our news feeds from Rio, but today we bring you nine reasons to smile. 

Hear about the sports that have been added to the Olympic roster for 2020, the inspiring refugee team competing under a neutral flag and how Title IX has helped the US women’s team become a sporting powerhouse. 

For more women's sport coverage go to wispsports.com or follow us on twitter - @wispsports

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Canadian Triathlete Kirsten Sweetland was a World Junior Champion and an under-23 and Commonwealth Games Silver medalist. Despite this clear display of talent, a career plagued with injuries, illness and finish-line collapses has kept her out of the Olympic Games.

Now recovered from a recent bacterial infection, Kirsten talks to countrywoman and Ironman Champion Sara Gross about her erratic career and her thoughtful approach to the Olympic Games in Rio. 

For more amazing women's sports coverage go to wispsports.com or follow us on twitter @wispsports.
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This week on Five Ring Circus, Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara ask the big question: Is the Olympic Movement a force for good?

Hear all the latest news including an update on the doping scandal, a look at the survey that claims people are losing interest in the Olympic Games, plus further insight into how athletes and sponsors are dealing with Rule 40 and the advertising blackout period that is now in effect. 

Listen as Sara and Kelly discuss how things are shaping up in Rio, from bad plumbing in the Olympic Village, to residents of local favelas who have been moved out of their homes to make way for the impending games. 

Do we still have that shared cultural experience of watching and cheering for our Olympic heroes?

How does the arrival of the Games, with big money and big infrastructure effect the local people in a place like Rio De Janeiro? 

All this and more, on Five Ring Circus. For more women's sports coverage, news and interviews, visit www.wispsports.com or follow us on Twitter @wispsports
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With a week to go before the opening ceremony in Rio, Zoe George and Katrina Grant have another all-star cast on this month's Olympic themed episode.  Alana Nichols will be New Zealand's main hope in the road walking event and she joins us from her training base in Switzerland ahead of her departure for Rio. Sports Psychologist Karen Nimmo offers an insight into what Olympic athletes may be going through and how to overcome the nerves of such a big event to focus on performance. Gymnast Courtney McGregor tells us about her last minute preparation from her training base in the U.S. and who will be the ones to beat in Rio. And New Zealand's Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith talks about the Kiwi Olympic team, its representation, diversity and final road to Rio.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Britain's Weightlifter RebekahTiler,17, heads to Rio as the only woman on their team. The Yorkshire teenager has already claimed numerous records in her short career but has modest expectations in her Olympic debut. She is the Commonwealth and European Champion, World silver medalist and current British record holder for Clean and Jerk. She shares her mental preparation for success and how her local butcher has uniquely supported her ambitions.  Visit our website at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.  

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WiSP World Canada

Sara Gross and Maria Samson return with another packed show of the latest Canadian news focusing on the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We hear from Olympic Freestyle Wrestler Jasmine Mian about her preparation for Rio. Paralympic swimmer turned wheelchair basketball player Darda Sales shares her story of switching sports at Olympic level. And wheelchair rugby player Miranda Biletski has a unique story as she will be the only woman on the Canadian team in Rio.  Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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In this BlogCAST from Off Side - Courting a Culture of Respect - Sara Gross questions the conflict and unbalance among sport's federations and event organisers when it comes to equality and fair play. You can read the blog at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Five Ring Circus: S1E4

Money, Sponsorship, and who gets what.  How Olympic athletes make their money and how some American Olympians are demanding an equitable distribution of revenue. Sara Gross and Kelly O’Mara bring us another episode of Five Ring Circus starting with an update on the Russian doping scandal and security concerns in Rio. This week’s main topic is money, sponsorship and who gets what. Find out how Olympic athletes make their money, how sponsors are effected by rule 40 and the five-week advertising black out period. Hear how some athletes and independent groups are protesting and how the rules have changed in 2016. Learn about the myth of “amateurism” and how full-time, professional Olympic athletes are dependent on National Federations, sponsorship and prize money. Are the sponsors lining their pockets while the athletes live below the poverty line?

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WiSP World USA

Jess Kelley joins Chris Stafford again for this month's WiSP World USA with news of US athletes heading to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USA's first double gold medalist in summer and winter sports Alana Nichols talks about her transitions from alpine skiing where she won a gold medal in Vancouver to a gold in Beijing. She is now one of the first athletes to compete in the para-kayaking when the sport debuts at the Paralympics in Rio this summer.  One of the USA's main hopes for a medal in Rio is the on form Judoka and good friend of WiSP Sports, Marti Malloy who has featured in our Estrada para Rio series where she shares her Olympic training schedule. You can hear that on this month's episode along with an extract from Five Ring Circus, our weekly Olympic podcast which focuses on the issues surrounding the games such as gender identity - take a listen. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.  

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Kate Doughty has made the successful transition from representing Australia as a para-equestrian in World Championships to an Olympic triathlete heading to her first games in Rio. Into the final weeks of preparation, Kate shares her training schedule and how the countdown is going in training camp before the team heads to Florida for acclimatization en route to Rio. Visit our website at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Canadian Triathlete Sarah-Anne Brault had early success on a world stage with 4th and 7th place finishes at the World Series races in Auckland and Yokohama respectively before setbacks sent her and coach Jamie Turner back to the drawing board. Two years, and a whole lot of learning later, Sarah-Anne is healthy and preparing to have the race of her life at the Olympic Games in Rio. Sarah-Anne talks to Sara Gross about growing up in Manitoba, doing the Kids of Steel Program, and her progression to elite athlete and Olympian.  

Visit our website www.wispsports.com for more podcasts, videos, blogs, articles, news and Olympic happenings and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports. Email us at info@wispsports.com.


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In Ashley Johnson's latest BlogCAST she shares advice on how professional athletes can make sport a successful business. Ashley's experience at the highest level in the sport of eventing demonstrate how the day to day  management and marketing are key with attention to detail what makes the difference between ordinary and exceptional.  Visit our website at www.wispsports.com for more blogs, videos, podcasts, articles and the latest on the Rio Olympic Games both in and out of competition. Follow us on social media @WiSP Sports and contact us at info@wispsports.com.

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WiSP World Australia

Beth Davis & Ashleigh Nelson have the latest news of Australian athletes selected for the Rio Olympic Games and offer their predictions for medal prospects. Olympic gymnast Olivia Vivien stops by to discuss the news that the Western Australian Institute of Sport has announced it will end its artistic gymnastic program at the end of the year and what this means for gymnasts with Olympic aspirations.  Rio bound Taekwondo fighter and Australia's first ever World Champion Carmen Marton talks about her Olympic preparation and explains some of the basic rules of the sport and who the medal prospects are in Brazil. WiSP World Australia will be back in September to review the Rio Olympic Games and preview the Paralympics. Visit our website at www.wispsports.com for more Olympic news, podcasts, videos, articles and blogs on women in sport and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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Five Ring Circus: S1E3

This week on Five Ring Circus, Sara Gross and Kelly O’Mara ask: “Do we really need gender testing in women’s sport?”  From the days of nude parades to chromosome and testosterone testing, women who are too fast or too strong or do not look a certain way have come under suspicion that they are somehow not fully “female.”  Listen as Sara and Kelly discuss all the issues relating to gender including the history of “gender verification,” the fact that gender is not binary, and fairness for intersex and transgender athletes. For more Olympic coverage, podcasts, videos, articles, blogs, news visit our website at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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On this episode of Athlete Profile, Sara Gross talks to Rio-bound Canadian triathlete Amelie Kretz.  Amelie was a bronze medalist at the International Triathlon Union U23 World Championship in 2013 and that same year that she won the World Cup event in Edmonton Canada. She was named elite U23 athlete of the year by Triathlon Canada in 2013 and 2014. Her second career World Cup podium came in 2015 in Mooloolaba, and she posted her first top-10 finish at the World Triathlon Series in London in 2012. In 2016, Amelie achieved a career-best result at a World Triathlon Series event placing eighth in Yokohama which put Canada in a position to qualify three women for Rio. Visit www.wispsports.com for more podcasts, videos, BlogCASTS, blogs and articles and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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In this WiSP BlogCAST - Stride for Stride - How to Achieve Goals, equestrian Ashley Johnson shares some of her philosophies that have made her a top rider, coach and trainer in the sport of eventing. There are some tips for riders and more general advice and observations on how to succeed in sport and in life whatever your goals. Narrated by Ashley Johnson. Read Ashley’s Blog at www.wispsports.com where you will also find news, videos, podcasts, articles and more.  Follow us on our social media channels @WiSP Sports.
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Sara Gross and Kelly O’Mara headline the latest situation in Olympic doping focusing on the Russian and Kenyan situations, and also what the cost of the Games is on local people in Brazil, the politics of sponsorship and viewing the games in Virtual Reality - a first for an Olympic Games. They also ask if the all-or-nothing trials is the best athlete qualification and selection format. Tune in every week to get the latest scoop on all the issues surrounding the Olympic Games and Paralympics this summer on Five Ring Circus. Visit us at www.wispsports.com for videos, blogs, featured articles, Olympic history and news. Follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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In this new exclusive WiSP Sports Podcast - Five Ring Circus -  Sara Gross and Kelly O'Mara discuss all the big issues of the 2016 Olympic Games. From police protests to doping, the mugging of Paralympians, body parts on beaches, testosterone testing and dead jaguars, all the ups and downs of the first South American Olympic Games are unpacked.  On this week's show, Sara and Kelly ask "Is the negative press leading up to these Games really worse than in past years?"  For more podcasts, videos, blogs, articles and news about women in sport around the world visit us at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.
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Germany's rising star of eventing Julia Krajewski has just been named as a reserve for the Rio Olympics in a year which is already the highlight of her career. Riding Samourai du Thot, the 27 year old rider who is based in Warendorf, the home of the German Federation's training center, made a big impression by finishing third at the recent Luhmuhlen CCI4* event in Germany. The pair led after dressage at their first four star event and completed a foot perfect round on the cross country to convince the team selectors to name them for their first Olympic call up.  In the meanwhile, they will have the honor of being the guinea pig dressage ride at Aachen CIC03* on July 15-16 to get the feel of a big arena.  Find out more about our podcast, videos, blogs, articles and news of women in sport around the world at www.wispsports.com and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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WiSP World Canada

Sara Gross and Maria Samson are back with the latest news, views and great interviews with London Olympian Modern Pentathlete Donna Vakalis who will be representing Canada in Rio. Donna shares her hectic training schedule for five events, which includes fencing and equestrian coaching in Lexington, KY.  Team Canada Wheelchair Basketball player Erica Gavel who is also Rio bound for the Paralympics later this year, tells us what it takes to master the wheelchair and the sport at the highest level and what her Olympic journey means to her. And Sports Psychology Consultant Danelle Kabush stops by to tell us about her new blog - Brain over Brawn for WiSP Sports in which she addresses some mental challenges for success as an athlete and as a mother. Plus all the latest news of Canadian athletes named for this summer's Olympic Games and Paralympics. Visit us online at www.wispsports.com for more podcasts, videos, blogs, articles and the very latest news of women in sport around the world and follow us on social media @WiSP Sports.. 

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WiSP World USA

Chris Stafford & Sara Gross present this month's WiSP World USA with guests mountain biker Lea Davison who is on the road to her second Olympic Games after the upcoming World Championships in the Czech Republic. Lea talks about her season so far, which included a few stitches, and Little Bellas, the organization she founded with her sister to give young girls a start in mountain biking. Pan American Gold & Silver Medalist and London Olympic Reserve U.S. dressage rider Heather Blitz talks about coaching Paralympic Equestrian Annie Peavy and the four women team's chances at this summer's games. Plus news of other U.S. Olympic teams and their medal chances. Visit our website at www.wsipsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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