Join two-time World Cup champ and Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara, as she sits down with some of the biggest names in sports to talk about the untold stories behind their success. Featuring Olympians, MVPs, world champions and breakout stars, the Just Women’s Sports podcast tells the real story of what it’s like to be a professional athlete today.
The all-time leading scorer in both NWSL and W-League history joins Kelley to discuss the unorthodox path she’s taken to becoming a global superstar. Sam discusses her lifelong passion for Australian rules football, why she was forced to switch sports by her family, how she went from picking up soccer at age 12 to debuting for the Australian national team at 15, her recovery from two career-threatening injuries in less than a year, why she moved to Chelsea, winning equal pay, and what it means for Australia to be co-hosting the 2023 World Cup. Go deeper. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Beach volleyball star April Ross joins Kelley to talk about the twists and turns of her Olympic career. April discusses her late introduction to the sport, her unexpected decision to attend USC, how the loss of her mother impacted her on and off the court, why early professional burnout in Puerto Rico led her to make the switch to beach, her early success on the AVP and FIVB circuits, making the gold medal match in her first Olympics, why breaking up with a partner is a lot like breaking up with a significant other, and how she’s preparing for the Tokyo Olympics as the favorite to take home gold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Skateboarding unicorn Lizzie Armanto joins Kelley to talk about her uncharted path through the world of professional skating. Lizzie discusses the importance of skate park culture to early education in the sport, why an injury of all things was what convinced her to go pro, the lack of an obvious blueprint and professional role models at the start of her career, how she ended up on Tony Hawk’s Birdhouse team, landing on the cover of Thrasher the same day she got a pro model, why she’s optimistic about the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics, and the story of how she became the first woman to complete the infamous 360 loop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
All-world basketball star Breanna Stewart joins Kelley to discuss her ongoing pursuit of basketball perfection. Stewie discusses her recent recovery from a torn Achilles, why she’s still salty about the games she lost in college despite going 151-5 and winning four national championships, what makes UConn players different, Kobe Bryant’s mentorship and passing, winning a WNBA title in just her third season in the league, butting heads with Geno Auriemma, and her outspoken advocacy on behalf of both Black Lives Matters and sexual abuse survivors. Note: this episode was recorded before the start of the 2020 WNBA season.
Record-breaking ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin sits down with Kelley to talk about her historic rise to the top of her sport, the influence of her family on her life and career, why she prefers training to competing, how she recovered from a near-crash to take home gold at the 2014 Olympics, what made the 2018 Olympics complicated, and what she’s learned about herself in the wake of her father’s passing. Go deeper.