The Players' Pod with Kelley O'Hara
About The Players' Pod with Kelley O'Hara
The Players’ Pod features candid conversations with some of the biggest names in women’s sports. Hosted by two-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara, The Players’ Pod takes you behind the scenes and into the minds of the movers and shakers on the frontiers of the space. These are Olympians and World Champions, pioneering executives and legends of their sport, sharing the untold stories behind their success.
Jennie Finch joins Kelley O'Hara to discuss her iconic softball career, from winning the Women’s College World Series at Arizona to pitching in the Olympics with Team USA. Jennie reflects on her lasting influence, creating the first fast-pitch softball equipment, and the future of her sport.
Bianca Belair joins Kelley O'Hara to discuss her journey from track All-American to WWE Superstar. From a life-changing DM to headlining WrestleMania, Bianca’s story is as dramatic as it is inspiring. She talks with Kelley about her meteoric rise, her current championship reign, and what it means to have an impact in and out of the ring.
Sue Bird joins The Players’ Pod to talk all things WNBA: where the league should expand, how players are handling Brittney Griner’s detainment, whether this is actually Bird’s last season, how the league has changed and how it needs to evolve, and what it takes to win a Championship in three different decades. To learn more & get involved in the campaign to bring Brittney Griner home, visit WeAreBG.org
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson East joins Kelley O'Hara for a behind-the-scenes look at her iconic career. Shawn discusses her life since the Beijing Olympics, including winning Dancing With the Stars, starting a family, and building a world-famous media brand.
Kelley O’Hara sits down with her Washington Spirit and USWNT teammates Trinity Rodman, Emily Sonnett and Andi Sullivan to discuss last year’s roller coaster season, winning the NWSL Championship, their budding on-field rivalries, what they’ve learned in their careers, and what’s coming next in 2022.
Snacks is back! Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams are NWSL champions, USWNT teammates, Olympic medalists, and former roommates. Through candid (and often humorous) conversations with their teammates and friends, Snacks with Lynn and Sam gives listeners unprecedented insight into two of soccer’s biggest stars as they navigate life, sports and everything in between.
Surfing icon Caroline Marks joins Kelley O'Hara to discuss her journey from the beaches of Florida to becoming the youngest woman to ever qualify for the WSL’s Championship Tour. Just 20 years old, Caroline is already considered the future of her sport after representing the US in Tokyo last summer. She talks to Kelley about her first love of horseback riding, her experience as an Olympian, and the keys to finding success at such an early age.
Jill Ellis, the former USWNT head coach and current president of San Diego Wave FC, joins Kelley O’Hara for the first episode of The Players’ Pod. The two World Cup champions reflect on their time together with the national team before discussing why Ellis stepped down from her role as head coach and how she eventually ended up in San Diego.
Jamie Chadwick is one of the fastest drivers in the world. She was the youngest driver and first female to win a British GT Championship, and she went on to become the first female winner of a BRDC British Formula 3 race and the MR Challenge Championship. Two race victories and three other podium finishes saw Jamie crowned the inaugural W Series champion in 2019. She defended her title in 2021, winning the W Series again after the tour skipped over 2020.
Stefanie Dolson is riding high after having one of the most incredible years of her career. The two-time NCAA Champion added some new hardware this year as a 2021 WNBA Champion with the Chicago Sky, and to top it all off, she became an Olympic gold medalist with Team USA’s 3-on-3 squad.
Ashleigh Johnson is being heralded as one of the best water polo players in the world. She has a total of 14 gold medals, spanning across the Olympics, World Cup, Pan American, World Championships. Not only is she one of the most decorated gold medal athletes you’ll ever hear from, she is also a four-time Swimming World Female of the Year award winner.
Swimmer Erica Sullivan made a splash with an epic performance in the pool at the Tokyo Olympics where she won the silver medal in the 1500-meter freestyle during its first year featured for women’s swimming. Now, the University of Texas freshman joins the Pod to talk about her love of long-distance swimming, mental health, and her future in film.
One of the top ranked golfers in the world and Olympic Gold Medalist, Nelly Korda, joins Kelley to break down just how the 23-year-old has made it to the top of her game. They discuss what it was like to qualify for the U.S. Open at just 14 years old, completing the “Family Slam” by winning the Australian Open, and the importance of staying healthy during golf’s season.
Kelley sits down with three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and the WNBA’s leading scorer, Tina Charles. They break down dynasties, from back-to-back undefeated college seasons at UConn to the legacy of the US Women’s Basketball Team, as well as the importance of giving back through Tina’s Hopey’s Foundation or her films. How do you continue to level up both on and off the court? Tina Charles gives us the keys.
Olympic gold medalist Alix Klineman joins Kelley to talk about her journey from indoor volleyball star to beach volleyball champion. An athlete since childhood, Klineman was an All-American indoor player at Stanford and a member of Team USA before she decided to make the life-changing switch to beach. Klineman discusses the freedom that came with failing while transitioning sports and the importance of taking care of your body even when you’re young. She then takes Kelley behind the scenes of her and April Ross’ gold medal run at the Tokyo Olympics, where Klineman confirms that yes, she was nervous.
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