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Have you ever thought that Athletes are just some people who are gifted with special talent or abilities at birth? Week after week, season after season, we revel in injury time winners, full-court buzzer-beaters, and split-second finishes by these athletes. But, do we truly know the athletes making such spectacles possible for us? To understand what it takes & means to be an athlete, I, Niraj Mulani, speak to them every week as we get candid about their personal stories, memorable achievemen ...
 
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The two weeks of the Tokyo Olympics were nothing short of a rollercoaster ride and the baton has now been passed to Paris for the 2024 Olympics. In today’s episode, we wrap up our Olympic Series by talking about my learnings from the athletes from Tokyo. Being unapologetically yourself, your wins do not come at the cost of others' losses and respec…
 
In today’s episode, to celebrate Neeraj Chopra's Gold Medal in Javelin Throw at the Tokyo Olympics, we try and understand what it takes to become an Olympic champion. To share what it means to win a gold medal at the Olympics, we have with us Lindsay Shoop, an Olympic Champion in Rowing. She talks about her experience of winning the gold medal, how…
 
In this episode, we are joined by a true legend of track and field sports in India, 4-time Olympian, Vikas Gowda. Vikas competes in the event of Discus Throw and other than being a 4-time Olympian, he is a Padma Shree Awardee and National record holder. Vikas and Niraj chat about what it takes to qualify for and compete at 4 Olympics and also how h…
 
In today’s episode, we are joined by a Track and Field athlete who competes in the event of High Jump - Sahana Kumari. Sahana ma’am represented India at the London Olympics and is also the current National Record holder. We talk about the internal and external challenges that she had to overcome in order to qualify for the Olympics. We also discuss…
 
In today’s episode, we are joined by Indian Olympian swimmer, Hakimuddin Habibulla. Hakim is a swimmer who competed at the Sydney Olympics in the Men’s 200m freestyle event. We talk about what barriers he had to overcome to qualify for the Olympics, what it means to represent India at the Olympics, especially in a sport that’s often lost in obscuri…
 
In today’s episode, we’ll be talking about India’s performance at the Tokyo Olympics so far. We are also joined by Indian Olympian in pistol shooting, Prakash Nanjappa. Prakash competed at the Rio Olympics and is also an Arjuna Awardee. Other than discussing the Indian shooting team's performance at the Olympics so far, we also discuss what it take…
 
To mark the Opening Ceremony day of the Tokyo Olympics, we're announcing our Olympics Special series. In this series, we'll be joined by past and present olympians who will shed light on the journey to competing at the grandest stage in the world of sports - The Olympics, as we learn what it takes to overcome your fears and inhibitions and lead a l…
 
In today’s episode, Niraj welcomes Canada’s skeleton athlete - Cassie Hawrysh. Cassie has had a very colorful and unique route to finding skeleton. She grew up competing in volleyball, then transitioned to heptathlon and then to discovering, almost by chance, skeleton. Cassie and Niraj talk about her meteoric rise in the sport, winning medals in th…
 
In today’s episode, we have our first-ever international Ice Hockey player - Doug Lynch. Doug started playing Ice Hockey at the age of 3 and won his first junior league at the age of 18, which is when he also got drafted into the NHL. After fulfilling his dream of playing in the NHL, albeit a very short stint, Doug moved base to Austria, where we p…
 
In today’s episode, we welcome Ajax Amsterdam’s Goal Keeper, Nick Hengelman. Nick has had a very interesting career that has seen him play across multiple divisions in the Netherlands as well as a stint with Ajax’s sister club Ajax Cape Town. Nick and Niraj discuss his journey to turning pro despite starting relatively late. Nick also candidly shed…
 
In today’s episode, we have with us triple olympian, and an olympic record holder in rowing - Sally Callie. Sally and Niraj talk about how rowing found her, instead of the other way round. They also discuss how Sally dealt with not one but two 4th place finishes at the Olympics, narrowly missing out on medals. Sally also reflects on getting diagnos…
 
In today’s episode, we have United States’ winter Olympian - Rebekah Bradford. Rebekah is a speedskater who competed at the 2010 Vancouver Games in the 1,000 meters distance. Rebekah and Niraj discuss her qualification to the Olympics - the skate that is a folklore in the US speed skating circuit. Rebekah also reflects on how she accidentally found…
 
In today’s episode, Niraj welcomes Olympian Siona Fernandes. Siona is of Indian-origin and represented New Zealand at the London Olympics in the sport of Boxing. Siona and Niraj discuss what was it like growing up in Goa while playing multiple sports and also how her dancing career of 17 years helped her with Boxing. She reflects on moving to New Z…
 
In today's episode, Niraj welcomes this show's first ever professional footballer as a guest. It is PSG Women's Goal Keeper, Arianna Criscione. Arianna has one of the most unique profiles in football, as she has two parallel contracts with PSG, one as a goal keeper and another one as a sponsorship manager. In this episode, they talk about Arianna's…
 
In this episode, Niraj welcomes Great Britain’s Olympian, Stewart Innes. Stewart and Niraj discuss how he came through a tough group of rowers and got selected to race at the Rio Olympics, where he finished fourth and narrowly missed out on a medal. Stewart also reflects on the injury setback he had after Rio and how that paved way for what he cons…
 
In today’s episode, Niraj chats with Olympian Goran Nava! Goran is a middle-distance runner who represented Serbia at the Beijing Olympics in the 1500 meter track and field event. Niraj and Goran go back to the year 2007, a year before the Beijing Olympics, when Goran had been a corporate employee for 2 good years and suddenly decided to pursue his…
 
In today’s episode, Niraj has the honour of welcoming current world #1 pistol shooter - Zorana Arunović. Zorana is a double world champion, current world record holder in 10m Air Pistol, and has countless medals from World Cups and World & European Championships. Zorana and Niraj discuss the factors behind her consistent and unparalleled success an…
 
Niraj welcomes America’s one of the best Triathletes - Jarrod Shoemaker. He is the International Triathlon Union’s U23 World Champion, World Cup silver medallist and America’s best-ranked Triathlete for much of his career. Jarrod and Niraj discuss his transition from being just a runner to becoming an Olympic triathlete, his experience at the Beiji…
 
In this episode, Niraj welcomes Latvian Olympian Pauls Pujats. Since Pauls is the first pole vaulter on the podcast, Niraj tries to understand the sport first-hand from Pauls - the basics of the sport and what constitutes an ideal pole vaulter - physically as well as mentally. Pauls also reflects on how he fulfilled his dream of getting to the Olym…
 
In this episode, Niraj welcomes Olympic and World Champion in Rowing - Lindsay Shoop. Lindsay and Niraj discuss her journey from almost running away from her first rowing training session to winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. Lindsay also reflects on what sort of interactions she’s having with herself while she’s performing, an insight…
 
Niraj chats with Olympian Alejandro Gomez! Alejandro and Niraj discuss how he was practically born in the water with his mother being an Olympic swimmer and his father, a water-polo athlete. They reflect on what it means to be a generational Olympian, having access to values of an Olympian right in the family and the influences it has while growing…
 
Niraj chats with 3-time Olympian and ex-world #7 Alpine ski racer - Ana Jelušić! Ana and Niraj discuss what's it like to start the sport at the age of 2, becoming an Olympian at the age of 15, and becoming a three-time Olympian by the age of 24. Ana and Niraj also engage in the age-old debate of early specialisation vs late specialisation in sport.…
 
Niraj chats with middle-distance runner Olympian Brigita Langerholc! Niraj and Brigita discuss how Brigita used the power of visualisation to exceed her coach's expectations at the Sydney Olympics, and finished 4th in the finals, narrowly missing out on a medal. Brigita also reflects on overcoming severe asthma as a kid to become a runner, competin…
 
Niraj chats with 2018 Winter Olympian - Anthony Watson! Anthony and Niraj discuss how an injury prevented a potentially successful Track & Field career for Anthony, and how his quest to be Olympian led him to the sport of Skeleton. Anthony also reflects on treading a fine line of competing in an expensive sport vs putting food on the table, his rol…
 
Niraj chats with former world #1 triple jump athlete - Willie Banks! Niraj & Willie discuss how he picked up the sport of triple jump, the USA's decision to boycott the 1980 Olympics when Willie was at the top of his game, and missing out on medals in his next two Olympics. Willie also speaks on how the rhythmic clap was accidentally born and how h…
 
A new sports podcast by Niraj Mulani, premiering on Wednesday, March 17 2021. "The Gifted?" is a weekly podcast where I speak to elite athletes as I try and understand what it truly takes and means to be an athlete. All done with the purpose of debunking the myth that athletes are just some people who are gifted with special talent at birth. If you…
 
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