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I had to choose to age gracefully, and not fight it [...] and so I'm still challenging myself [...] and I wake up every day wanting to run

Krista DuChene

Krista DuChene, Olympian and "Marathon Mom" is a trailblazer for women's marathon and endurance running in Canada. On this episode, Krista shares her running journey from starting as a "fun and fitness" recreational runner to becoming an Olympian and elite athlete, and gives us some insights on how she was able to return to peak form after having children, and fracturing her femur. Slow and steady wins the race! We talk about injuries and disappointments, and how she keeps optimistic and motivated to compete as a master's athlete with all the data reminding her that she's aging.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

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This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Well, it's good exercise,
and it's a lot of fun!

Enid Robertson

It's Q&A with my mother, Enid Robertson, on this episode of Silver is the New Gold. I wanted to know how my mother was exposed to, and participated in, sports in her youth, and how that helped influence our participation in sports when we were growing up.

I've had a number of elite/high performance athletes on the show, so far, but my mother represents the other end of the spectrum where participation in sports is fostered by a love of physical movement, and actively socializing with friends.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

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This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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I don't care how long it takes, the pain I go through, I'm gonna get back on the bike, I'm gonna race again [...]

Leah Goldstein

In this episode, Karen talks to Leah Goldstein: World Champion in Kickboxing, Women's Bantamweight, and 2021 Race Across America (RAAM) overall winner about her journey through sports, and the role of mental strength and endurance in achieving success.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

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This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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[...] And I wanted to change that. I wanted a change from "No, we can't" to "Yes, we can".

Friba Rezayee

On this episode of Silver is the New Gold, Karen talks to Friba Rezayee, judoka, human rights activist and the first woman to compete for Afghanistan at the Olympics.

Her journey to the 2004 Athens Olympics was an extraordinary one. From a very young age, she was a feminist, human rights activist and trailblazer. A woman of many firsts, she immigrated to Vancouver BC, Canada 10 years ago, and became the first woman in her family to earn a post-secondary degree.

Friba continues to practice judo, but also works hard to bring education and judo to women and girls in Afghanistan through her organization Women Leaders of Tomorrow, and GOAL - Girls of Afghanistan Lead.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Why would you apply so hard to something,
and not expect something that great for yourself?

Monique Kavelaars

Monique Kavelaars has always loved the Olympics, and has been involved in the games in some capacity since Sydney 2000, where she went as part of the team bidding for Toronto 2008. She went again to Athens 2004 as an athlete competing as a member of  the Women's Épee team, and most recently she was a team member at the Tokyo 2021 summer games. Post-retirement, Monique has found her path in coaching and mentoring for both sports and business.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

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This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Welcome back, Donna Vakalis for the first bonus episode! Episode 12 was recorded a couple of weeks before the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, but since I like to give my guests the opportunity to review and give feedback on an episode before publishing, the episode came out after the Olympics. In that time gap, we all had the opportunity to watch some, or all of the Olympics, and reflect. Then, Donna reached out after to share her reflections and insights, and it turned into a fun 15 minute conversation, which I'm sharing with you, my listeners.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

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This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Either way, you'll get there, but, it's your choice: are you going to get there with one cart and drop everything and go fast and get there, or are you going to take the long route?

Donna Vakalis

Donna Vakalis is a two-time Olympian for team Canada in Modern Pentathlon, a 5-sport discipline that includes: show jumping, swimming, fencing (épée), running and shooting (with a laser gun). We get deep into the complexities for training for five un-related sports at the: technical, strategical and time management, levels. Donna's pathway to the Olympics is interesting and unique and included invoking her Greek roots.

Donna has been an environmental activist since a young age, has a MA in Architecture and a PhD in Civil Engineering focusing on sustainability, so I couldn't resist the opportunity to ponder what a sustainable Olympics could look like.

We had a really fun conversation and we learned a lot from each other. Happy Listening!

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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I remember my whole mentality had to change [...] because I have to obviously prioritize her.

Sherraine Schalm

In the spirit of Tokyo 2021, Sherraine Schalm - 4x Olympian for Canada in Women's Épée fencing - talks about her journey into fencing, writing her novel, motherhood and retirement from competitive fencing.

Sherraine competed at four olympics: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Over the course of her career, she won a total of 18 medals combined across several World Cups, Grand Prix, World Championships, and Zone Championships.

After retiring from fencing competition, she eventually got into coaching and now runs her own club in Italy as she advances through the coaching development system. She was inspired by her eldest daughter, who was born during the qualification period between they Beijing and London Olympics.

Besides being inspiring as a competitive athlete, Sherraine is an absolute blast to chat with, and we had a lot of fun. I hope you will too.

Note 1: I did not win the bet. Richard Bachman is Stephen King's pen name, not the other way around
Note 2: I am not affiliated with DAZN in any way

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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I think if you're going to get back into sport as a mature athlete, do it for - not who you once were,
do it for who you want to be now.

Natascha Wesch

Natascha Wesch returns to Silver is the New Gold to talk with me about identity, goals and setting realistic expectations when getting back into sports/training and competition as a mature athlete, and it's all positive.

Inspired by the book Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey, by Ken Dryden, I wanted to know what it means to identify as an athlete and how that can both help and hinder mature athletes who are returning to sport, so I asked Natascha if she'd like to come back on the show to talk with me about it and she agreed!

Natascha is a consultant who specializes in mental performance for athletes who want to achieve their best potential as both athletes and humans.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

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Please review our Privacy Policy. Note that healthy discussion is encouraged and we value varying opinions, but we reserve the right to moderate and remove comments that promote hate, bullying, or are intentionally insulting.

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Sometimes, there's damage done when all we focus on is winning.

Patti Howes

This is second of two episodes featuring Patti Howes, head coach of the women's and men's fencing teams at Canada's Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario. We pick up where episode nine ends off, and branch into a broader conversation about what barriers and obstacles there are to the inclusion and retention of women and girls in sports, and Patti's role with the Canada Women & Sports foundation, whose mission is to help remove these barriers.

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Music for this podcast was created by the immensely talented, and generous, Outwild. He knows what I like! And I dance in my seat every time I hear these beats.

Disclaimer

This podcast is created for the purposes of entertainment only, and does not provide individual medical advice. By engaging in discussion with guests, including professionals in sports and related health fields, it is the hope that listeners can find community, and share their experiences with others. Always seek professional advice before beginning any exercise program, or nutrition plan.

The opinions expressed by the host of this podcast are self-reflective do not represent the values or opinions of others including any employers, past or present.

Privacy Policy

Please review our Privacy Policy. Note that healthy discussion is encouraged and we value varying opinions, but we reserve the right to moderate and remove comments that promote hate, bullying, or are intentionally insulting.

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Copyright © 2022 Karen Laansoo