Conversations from the world of women’s sports

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. 

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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?

Visit us at www.wispsports.com and join us on social media @WiSP Sports.

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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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