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Keep the Flame Alive

May 13, 2024

We're going onto the field with para shot putter Noelle Malkamaki to learn more about the sport from a para athlete angle. New to the para sport world, Noelle competed at Para Athletics World Championships in 2023 and won a gold medal with a world record-breaking throw.

Noelle breaks down the sport for us, talks technique, and shares some of the adaptations she makes for training. We also discuss what it's like to compete in both able-bodied and para sports, finding pants that fit muscular thighs, and traveling with shot puts.

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In our Paris 2024 update, we have more kit news! Stella Jean has designed the uniforms for Team Haiti -- check them out here. Two corporate hospitality houses will open up in Paris (but may not be open to the public).

Paris news that's more Team USA-focused: iHeartMedia will be NBC's official audio partner. Steve Kornacki is joining NBC's illustrious list of analysts. And Flavor Flav is the U.S. women's water polo team's latest hype man.

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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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