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Keep the Flame Alive

Apr 29, 2022

Author David Davis returns to the show to talk about his book Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku, about the legendary 3x Olympic medalist and surfing pioneer. David's book has been turned into a documentary that will air on PBS' American Masters in May.


Duke Kahanamoku won back-to-back gold medals in the 100m freestyle at the 1912 and 1920 Summer Olympics. He also won silver at the 1924 Summer Olympics, just losing out to Johnny Weissmuller, in an Olympic career that spanned a whopping 12 years.


If it weren't for Duke, surfing might not have become the sport it is today. Duke spread his love of surfing around the world, essentially starting surfing cultures in California and Australia. 

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Also on today's show, we have:

  • An Albertville 1992 Winter Olympic first
  • News from TKFLASTAN
  • Updates from Paris 2024 and Milan-Cortina 2026

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


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