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Keep the Flame Alive

Mar 29, 2024

Today we’re talking with Johanna Garton, author of the new book All in Stride, which is about the US Army's World Class Athlete Program and two runners who were part of it, Elvin Kibet and Shadrack Kipchirchir. Also featured in the book is TKFLASTANI Samantha Schultz, who becomes friends with Elvin during their Army duty. Sammy gets to know Johanna as well and opens up to her about her struggles with body image and disordered eating.

Learn more about Johanna at her website. Get your copy through our storefront! Purchases made through this link will help the show earn money to bring you the most fun coverage from Paris 2024.

So much news is coming out of Paris! Torch relay boat parades, flame luggage and cauldron location, volunteer kit, the Opening Ceremonies on IMAX, a food sponsor for the Australian Olympic Committee (what will you be eating for your Opening Ceremonies party?) and more!

Louis Vuitton is having a temporary exhibit of sport at its workshops in Asnières. Register online for LV's 30-minute guided visit.

Speaking of licensing deals, the International Olympic Committee and eight National Olympic Committees have signed a deal with Warner Brothers for Looney Tunes-branded Olympic products. 

In news from TKFLASTAN, we hear from:

  • Rower Kristi Wagner
  • Bobsledder Bree Walker
  • Former biathlete Clare Egan
  • Curler John Shuster - Team Shuster will be competing in the World Men's Curling Champs from Mar. 30 to Apr. 7!
  • Figure skating analyst Jackie Wong, who was on NPR's Here and Now.
  • Former cross-country skier Kikkan Randall, whose documentary KIKKAN is now on YouTube.


For a transcript of this episode, please visit

Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!

Photo courtesy of Johanna Garton/Roger Charlie.


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