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Women Talk Running Episode #1
August 29, 2012 07:06 PM PDT
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In the first ever Women Talk Running episode, Stephanie Perleberg and Cara Hawkins discuss some of the high and low points in women's running at the Olympics. They also dive into the Caster Semenya controversy. Could she have won gold? Finally, they discusses the competition between Jones, Harper, Wells for media attention. This episode was recorded August, 2012.

Interview with Cat Whitehill after she presented Morgan Brown with the Gatorade POY Award
May 25, 2011 08:36 AM PDT
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Cat Whitehill, 29, is a defender for the Atlanta Beat that is also working her way into the sports broadcasting world. She is a veteran of the US National Team, playing in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups and on the 2004 Olympic gold medal-winning team. She will be on ESPN's broadcast team for this summer's World Cup, alongside other national team veterans Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and Briana Scurry, as well as former national team head coach Tony DiCicco.

This morning, Whitehill surprised high school midfielder Morgan Brown at an assembly honoring their team for winning the Georgia state championship and presented her with the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award. This award is awarded not only to an outstanding player but also a student who excels academically and as a community leader. Certainly Morgan Brown fits the bill: she co-founded the Many Hearts One Goal Foundation, which benefited the Under-17 Haitian Women's Team, which was displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

In this podcast, Whitehill talks about surprising Brown with the announcement, why it is important for athletes to be well-rounded people and leaders, her future career aspirations and more. Check it out!

The Sweet Life of Natalie Coughlin
January 18, 2011 05:59 PM PST
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This is an interview with world-renowned swimmer and gold medalist Natalie Coughlin - the most decorated female athlete of both the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Games. Looking to add to her medal collection at the 2012 London Games, Natalie has begun her rigorous training schedule and shares advice on healthy eating, including tips incorporating her fave dried fruit, California Plums, for which she is a national spokesperson.

Read more about Natalie, including a recipe for one of her favorite meals at http://www.prettytough.com

Interview with Magdalena Lewy-Boulet
November 09, 2010 01:25 PM PST
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Magdalena Lewy-Boulet placed 2nd at the 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon and competed for the United States at the 2008 Beijing Games. The 37-year-old mother of one (son, Owen, age 5) helped found the Bay Area Track Club and now has gotten involved with the Women's Sports Foundation. Just weeks after placing 7th (2nd American) at the Chicago Marathon, she ran the New York Marathon last weekend in order to raise money for initiatives such as GoGirlGo! that the Women's Sports Foundation supports. Listen to "Magda" talk about why she thinks it's important to give back to the community and her plans to run until she dies!

Interview with Jon Little, Attorney Representing Athletes Sexually Abused by USA Swimming Coaches
August 18, 2010 03:22 PM PDT
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Ann Gaffigan from WomenTalkSports.com interviews Jon Little, Attorney at Law, who represents multiple female athletes who have been victims of sexual molestation by their swimming coaches. Little explains how USA Swimming is trying to pass off the blame and deter victims from coming forward with their claims. A difficult but must-listen for parents of young athletes!

Interview with Rebecca Donaghue
June 20, 2010 01:41 PM PDT
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Rebecca Donaghue should put on a clinic about mental toughness. An unsung hero of sorts, she has quietly made her way up the ranks of U.S. distance runners. She ran and raced in pain and often limped from high school until 2005 - 10 years - until she finally found a trainer who helped her correct her biomechanics that were causing her problems. When she ran pain-free for 60 seconds on the treadmill for the first time, she almost broke down in tears. Since then, Donaghue has gotten better and better, qualifying for the US Olympic Trials in 2008, placing 2nd in the US 5K Road Championships in 2009, and crossing the finish line as the 1st American at the prestigious Freihofer's Run earlier this month.

Donaghue says she is, "sometimes overlooked a bit, which is a huge motivator." She may seem quiet and unassuming off the track but on the track, she is fierce and strongly believes in her own ability and toughness.

Get some coffee and a snack and listen to this almost 50 minute interview with Rebecca Donaghue. You'll learn a thing or two about mental toughness and be inspired in the process.

Good luck to Rebecca next week at the USA Track & Field Championships!

Interview with Okiima Pickett
June 18, 2010 10:03 PM PDT
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Okiima Pickett is an Ethical Hacker by day, Running Back by night and Mommy 24/7! What does it mean to "have it all"? Check out my interview with her to find out. This woman plays professional football, well enough to make other teams boycott her (seriously), majored in Computer Science and works as a security specialist, and is getting her Masters! Oh yeah and she is raising her 11-year-old son at the same time. Beat that.

Pickett and the rest of Team USA will be traveling to Stockholm Sweden next week, each woman traveling on her own dime, to compete in the first-ever Women's World Football Championships. Team USA is the #1 seed and is being called the Dream Team. They need YOUR support to bring home the gold!

Check out Okiima on twitter at http://twitter.com/kiima7

And her website at okiimapickett.blogspot.com, where you can donate to her travel fund for the World Championships.

Interview with Cat Reddick Whitehill about Gatorade Player of the Year
May 26, 2010 10:26 AM PDT
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As a two-time Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year, WPS Washington Freedom Defender and member of the US National team, Cat Reddick Whitehill got the opportunity to surprise this year's Gatorade National Player of the Year. The winner was Mollie Pathman, a high school senior soccer player from North Carolina. The 5-foot-3 senior forward and midfielder led the Cavaliers (12-4-1) to the North Carolina Independent Schools Class 3A state quarterfinals this season, recording 29 goals and 10 assists despite missing four games due to U.S. Soccer Federation Women’s National Team commitments and injury. A two-time Gatorade North Carolina Girls Soccer Player of the Year, Mollie is a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Under-18 Women’s National Team, with whom she competed for at the Ten Nations Tournament in Spain this past winter.

I talked with Cat today, after she surprised Mollie, about the surprise itself, women's soccer and what it's like to win such a huge award from Gatorade, one of the biggest names in the sports world.

New Balance Women's Steeplechase - Interview with Andrea Parker
May 20, 2010 02:52 PM PDT
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I interviewed Andrea Parker today, one of the elite entrants in the field for the New Balance Women's Steeplechase at the New Balance Boston Twilight meet on June 5th at Bentley University.

Andrea decided after getting her Masters in Secondary Education (with a focus on English and History) at the University of Michigan that she would put a "regular" career on hold and pursue her track and field dreams. After training under her former college coach, Mark McGuire, at the University of Michigan, Parker made a big change this year and moved down to Arizona to train under Wynn Gmitroski with his other steeplechase study and former American Record holder, Lisa Galaviz.

Andrea had some great things to say about the female athletes she admires, including fellow Michigan alums Katie McGregor, Anna (Willard) Pierce and Lindsay Gallo as well as her new training partner Lisa Galaviz.

When talking about her own goals, specifically for the steeple on June 5th, she said, "If I see someone in front of me...well, they shouldn't be there."

Interview with Jayne Appel
May 15, 2010 03:28 PM PDT
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Life is good as Jayne Appel lately. Sure her senior season ended with her pushing through the pain of an injured ankle, and her team losing in the National Championship game... but, she was the fifth overall pick in the WNBA Draft, her ankle is continually getting better, her first WNBA season started today and her birthday was Friday! I had the chance to talk with Jayne about the end of her college career and her transition into her professional career in the WNBA with the San Antonio Silver Stars. Plus, a little about her life in a sorority and her hot pink fingernails!
As an All-American, a member of Team USA basketball, and both Stanford and the Pac-10's all-time leading rebounder, Jayne certainly has a promising future in the WNBA. After listening to the interview below, check out her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter, @jayneappel!

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