Episode 50: Being Sam the Olympic Eagle




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Jill is back from the World Olympic Collectors’ Fair, and she’s got some great stories of touring the LA Coliseum and the LA84 Foundation. She also got to catch up with our Olympin friends, make some new friends and hear some great Olympic stories, like this week’s interview with Joan and Sid Marantz.

Joan and Sid have been Olympic fans and collectors for decades, and when the Olympics were in Los Angeles in 1984, they both volunteered with the movement. Joan worked in Youth Services helping put together educational materials, and Sid got to be one of the few people to portray Sam the Eagle.

That’s right. Jill’s favorite mascot! She got the story behind what it’s like to be a mascot, and she also learned about one of the interesting educational projects that happens with the Olympic Games.

One of the other things Jill and Alison talk about is how the LA84 Foundation displays its collection of mascots:

Won’t somebody please help these guys?!

You’ll be able to find more pictures on our socials over the next few days — olymfever on Twitter, Insta and Facebook.

Speaking of Facebook, should we create a group page? We love it when you talk to us, but we think it’d be more fun to chat with each other too. Let us know what you think!

Also on today’s show, we solidify some segments: Tokyo 2020 Update and Team Olympic Fever Update (aka TOFU)–where we find out how Samantha Achterberg did at World Champs for Modern Pentathlon and USA Team Handball’s quest to go to the Pan Am Games. We’ve also got news on Calgary’s 2026 bid.

Listener Beth mentioned this episode of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” with Christine Lagarde, who may currently be known as the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, but at one time was on the French National Synchronized Swimming team! You can listen to that here — Christine was on the July 14, 2018 episode.

Thanks as always for listening — and if you’re fans, please share the show with your other Olympic-loving friends. We’re now on Google Podcasts and Spotify, so there are more ways to listen to us! We love hearing from you too – email us at info@olymfever.com or call us at 530-7-O-FEVER.

Keep the flame alive!


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