Episode 114: Team Canada Chef de Mission Marnie McBean


We often hear the title “chef de mission” mentioned during an Olympics, but what is it that a chef actually does? We get the scoop from Team Canada’s chef de mission to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Marnie McBean.

Marnie is a multi-medal winning Canadian Olympic rower who competed at Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, winning 3 gold and 1 bronze. A back injury sidelined her while at Sydney 2000 and led to her retirement. Tokyo 2020 will be her 10th Olympics – she’s gone as an athlete, as a member of the media, and as part of Canada’s chef team. With so many Olympics under her belt, she definitely has some great stories!

You can follow Marnie on Twitter and Insta, and be sure to visit her website.

Some of our Team Olympic Fever members have been published recently. Congrats to MCamp for his article in Sport Business Daily and Dr. Micheal Warren for his book review in the Journal of Sport History and new Team NZ blog post.

Also, Team Olympic Fever aerialist Emily Cook has taken a job with Classroom Champs, and the dulcet tones of Jason Bryant are announcing an Olympic trials this weekend.

The IOC Executive Board meeting took place this week, which means we have another chapter in the maranovela. The group made a lot of decisions together, and we’ve got the news on that.

There’s no new news in the Paris 2024 hotelnovela, but there is a new development about the frontrunner to host the surfing competition. This is good–if you can’t have another chapter in the hotelnovela, this development is definitely a good substitute. Keep this item in mind until….oh…..about September 2023.

Plus, we’ve got word on the 2030 and 2032 Olympic bid timeline.

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Thanks so much for listening, and until next time, keep the flame alive!


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