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Keep the Flame Alive

Nov 16, 2023

The world of sports has always been captivating, filled with stories of determination, resilience, and triumph. The legendary Tennessee State Tigerbelles are one of those teams that triumphed throughout many Olympics, even with the odds against them.

On this episode with talk with Aime Alley Card, author of the new book The Tigerbelles: Olympic Legends from Tennessee State. Aime's book covers the early years of the Tigerbelles, when Ed Temple became coach of the women's track and field team, through the Rome 1960 Olympics. Through meticulous research and interviews, Aime captures the teammates' voices to not just tell the story of the team, its hard work, and its Olympic triumphs, but she also gives us insight into how these women grew up and the segregation they dealt with at college and traveling around the country for meets.

It's an excellent read--you can get a 20% discount if you pre-order a copy at Use code LPTIGERBELLES24 [note: we do not receive any compensation for this offer.]

In our Seoul 1988 history moment, Jill tells the story of the North Korean plot to take out the Olympics--and she gets a new nickname!

In our visit to TKFLASTAN, we've got updates from:

In Paris 2024 news, the Paralympic Torch Relay route has been announced. See the details of the short, but fantastic event!

We also officially have a novela for these Games: The surfingnovela! Activists are worried about the metal structure that's planned for the area of Tahiti that will host the surfing competition. Concerns include irreparable damage to the reef and changing the wave itself. Paris 2024 has said it'll comment more at the end of November.

Please keep our flame alive and support our Kickstarter. For Paris 2024 we'll be producing 34 daily episodes coming to you from the City of Lights. That type of coverage isn't cheap, and we rely on listener support to keep our flame alive. Please invest in this coverage today.

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



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