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Keep the Flame Alive

Jun 13, 2024

We're getting aquatic on this episode, sharing Team USA Media Summit interviews with all sorts of swimming athletes. We've got (athlete links are Instagram accounts--follow them!):

Water Polo

  • Ben Hallock - Captain of the U.S. Men's Water Polo team. Paris 2024 will be his third Olympics
  • Maggie Steffens - Captain of the U.S. Women's Water Polo team. Paris 2024 will be her fourth Olympics
  • Ashleigh Johnson - Goalie for the U.S. Women's Water Polo team. Paris 2024 will be her third Olympics


  • Bobby Finke - Olympic gold medalist, 800m freestyle; also swims the 1500m freestyle
  • Lydia Jacoby - Olympic gold medalist, 100m breaststroke


Artistic Swimming


The naming of the U.S. artistic swimming team included a big surprise, which we get into (along with Caitlin Clark being left off the U.S. women's basketball team). 

In Paris 2024 news, ticket scams abound. Plus, you can eat airplane food at the Air France pavilion (reservations here:

LA 2028 proposes adding a sport to the Paralympic program.

The International Olympic Committee is one step closer to officially naming the hosts for the Winter Olympics in 2030 (France) and 2034 (Salt Lake City).

In TKFLASTAN news we hear from:

  • Wheelchair tennis player David Wagner
  • Karate-ka Tom Scott
  • Sitting volleyball player Lora Webster
  • Former hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson
  • Former diver Laura Wilkinson
  • Olympics travel expert Ken Hanscom, who was on a digital roundtable with listener David:

If you're going to U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, look for Jill there!

For a transcript of this episode, please visit


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




Keep the Flame Alive: The Olympics and Paralympics Fan Podcast with hosts Jill Jaracz & Alison Brown. New episodes released every week and daily during the Olympics and Paralympics. Also look for our monthly Games History Moment episodes in your feed.


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