Episode 37: Beijing 2008 Olympian Olya Ovtchinnikova on Sabre Fencing

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Bonjour a Montreal! Jill and contributor Ben Jackson report in from the Montreal 1976 Olympic Village, where they’re staying for a few days. They talk about all of things that are holdovers from the Games, as well as some of the quirks of the building.

Our guest this week is Canadian Olympian Olya Ovtchinnikova who competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in sabre fencing. In the first part of her interview with Jill, Olya talks about how the sport of sabre works (and why you need to practice watching before Tokyo 2020).

No longer competing, Olya’s now working with the Canadian Olympic Committee as a Manager in the Athlete Marketing Program. You can follow her on Twitter here. Follow Team Canada on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook too!

Don’t forget about Olympic Fever’s Olympic Day! Try a new sport or learn something about the Olympics and Olympic values, post the results on social with #OFOD. You’ve got until the end of the month to share in the fun (on this episode, Alison shares some of the things she’s doing to celebrate).

If you’re looking for a good beach read, join our Olympic Fever Book Club. Our first selection is “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. Download the audio version for FREE when you sign up for our 30-day free trial here (we get some support to keep the show going if you do). We’ll be talking about the book during the first week of August.

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