Just Women's Sports

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Join two-time World Cup champ and Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara as she sits down with some of the biggest names in sports to talk about the untold stories behind their success. Featuring Olympians, MVPs, world champions and breakout stars, the Just Women’s Sports podcast tells the real story of what it’s like to be a professional athlete today.

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Alix Klineman
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Olympic gold medalist Alix Klineman joins Kelley to talk about her journey from indoor volleyball star to beach volleyball champion. An athlete since childhood, Klineman was an All-American indoor player at Stanford and a member of Team USA before she decided to make the life-changing switch to beach. Klineman discusses the freedom that came with failing while transitioning sports and the importance of taking care of your body even when you’re young. She then takes Kelley behind the scenes of her and April Ross’ gold medal run at the Tokyo Olympics, where Klineman confirms that yes, she was nervous.
Oct 13, 2021
Jordan Larson
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Team USA volleyball legend and Olympic triple medalist Jordan Larson joins Kelley to talk about the Tokyo Olympics and winning her first Gold. Jordan discusses the importance of being coachable and how that’s helped her win at every level of competition, from college to the national team to playing abroad. Kelley even finds out how Jordan’s nickname "the governor" really came to be…
Sep 29, 2021
Alyssa Naeher
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The woman who *truly* saved the day in the USWNT’s 2019 World Cup run. World Cup Champion Alyssa Naeher joins Kelley O’Hara to deep dive about her journey from USWNT sub to superstar keeper. From scoring her first pair of goalie gloves, to dealing with pressure from the media, to all of the false starts and heartbreaks she experienced while waiting for her first national team game. Now having reached the top, Kelley and Alyssa discuss the keeper’s secret to making big-time penalty saves before reflecting on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and where the USWNT goes from here.
Sep 22, 2021
Olympics Special ft. Katie Nolan
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Kelley O’Hara jumps into the guest seat as ESPN’s Katie Nolan stops by to talk all things Olympics. Kelley unpacks the USWNT’s surprising 2016 defeat in Rio, which fueled the team’s run through the 2019 World Cup, while also discussing unusual Olympics prep (thermometer pills, anyone?), what makes the Olympics harder to win than a World Cup, and how the team is feeling heading into Tokyo. Her and Katie then discuss what it would mean for the USWNT to become the first team to ever win the World Cup and Olympics back-to-back.
Jul 07, 2021
Kate Courtney
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World champion mountain bike racer Kate Courtney joins Kelley O’Hara to discuss her incredible run to the top of her sport. Growing up at the base of Mount Tam, the birthplace of modern mountain biking, Kate almost seemed destined to become a world-class racer, but numerous obstacles were thrown in her way. Kate talks to Kelley about competing against Europes’ best racers, what she learned from not making the 2016 Olympic team, how she’s preparing to chase gold in Tokyo, and the moment she decided to go "win the ham."
Jun 30, 2021
Tyler Wright
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Two-time World Surf League Champion Tyler Wright joins Kelley O’Hara to discuss her unbelievable journey from surf prodigy to champion to bedridden superstar. After becoming the youngest surfer in history to win a Championship Tour event at age 14, Wright almost walked away from her sport before becoming a back-to-back world champion. Then, a post-viral illness knocked her out of competition for a year and a half. She talks with Kelley about the pressure of being a prodigy, overcoming both illness and family emergencies, and what it means for her to be back on the tour today.
Jun 23, 2021
Abby Wambach
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A two-time Olympic gold medalist, 2015 World Cup Champion, and the all-time leading goalscorer in US Soccer History, Abby Wambach sits down with Kelley O’Hara to reflect on her incredible journey on and off the pitch. The USWNT legend discusses the championships and setbacks that defined her career, as well as her transition to retirement, and how she’s still working to push her sport forward as an NWSL owner.
Jun 16, 2021
Sasha Banks
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Sasha Banks joins Kelley O'Hara to discuss how she went from WWE superfan to the first woman to ever headline a WWE pay-per-view event. From begging wrestling schools to let her join at age 13 to becoming one of the first African-American women to headline WrestleMania, Sasha Banks has broken barriers during every step of her journey. She talks with Kelley about what it took to succeed in and change a male-dominated sport, life on the road as a professional wrestler, and what she still hopes to achieve in and outside the ring.
Jun 09, 2021
Tea with A & Phee is BACK!
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As the 25th season of the WNBA gets underway, 2020 MVP A'ja Wilson and 2019 Rookie of the Year Napheesa Collier are back for Tea with A and Phee. The All-Star pair are spilling the tea with the biggest names in basketball and pop culture, discussing hoops, current events, and their lives as professional athletes. Subscribe today! First episode drops Thursday, June 10th.
Jun 03, 2021
Elena Delle Donne
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Two-time WNBA MVP and 2019 Champion Elena Delle Donne joins Kelley to discuss her one-of-a-kind path to basketball stardom. From fleeing UConn in the middle of the night to battling Lyme disease and a series of career-threatening injuries, Elena’s path to the top of the WNBA has never been easy. She discusses the unbreakable bond with her sister that has shaped her career, what it was like to walk out of the spotlight, and the work ethic that helped her become the only WNBA player in the 50-40-90 club.
Jun 02, 2021
Maggie Steffens
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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Maggie Steffens sits down with Kelley O’Hara to discuss life atop the water polo world. Maggie brings us on her journey from being a little sister tagging along at the pool to competing alongside her heroes at the London Olympics. As Maggie trains and remains hopeful for the Tokyo Olympics, she lets us in on the family motto that motivates her, the moment her father predicted her Olympic success, her historic scoring spree at the 2012 games, and so much more.
May 26, 2021
Sam Mewis
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USWNT midfielder Sam Mewis joins Kelley to discuss how she went from playing backyard soccer to being named the No. 1 women’s player in the world. Sam discusses her decision to leave the east coast for UCLA, her parallel track with sister and teammate Kristie Mewis, what she learned from being an alternate at the 2016 Olympics, her NWSL titles with the North Carolina Courage, and how she’s preparing for the Tokyo Olympics.  *This conversation took place shortly before Sam announced she was returning to the North Carolina Courage from Manchester City. Presented by Heineken
May 19, 2021
Introducing Snacks with Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams
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Sam Mewis and Lynn Williams are NWSL champions, Olympic hopefuls, USWNT teammates, former roommates, and now… podcast hosts! Covering life, soccer, and everything in between, Snacks with Lynn and Sam gives listeners unprecedented insight into two of soccer’s biggest stars. From their professional journeys to their off-field musings, Snacks will give fans a candid look into the lives of two athletes in the prime of their careers. So grab a juice box and cut up some oranges, because it’s time for Snacks. Subscribe to Snacks Here!
Apr 19, 2021
Bonus: 2020 reflections, 2021 resolutions
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Kelley O’Hara sits down with JWS Founder & CEO Haley Rosen to discuss the state of women’s sports after an eventful 2020. Then, special guests Hilary Knight, Maggie Steffens and Sam Mewis jump on to discuss their 2020s and what they’re looking forward to in the new year. Go deeper. Presented by Heineken.
Jan 07, 2021
Becky Sauerbrunn
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Becky Sauerbrunn joins teammate and friend Kelley O’Hara to discuss her historic career anchoring the USWNT defense. Becky and Kelley start by reflecting on the national team’s final match of 2020 against the Netherlands, before jumping back in time to re-trace Becky’s journey from being her older brothers’ guinea pig to becoming the first-ever president of the USWNT Players Association. Becky discusses what it means to be an introverted leader on a team full of extroverts, how she’s overcome the doubts of certain national team coaches, the work ethic that led her to win four NWSL Defender of the Year awards, and what made the 2019 World Cup a tournament like no other. Go deeper. Presented by Heineken
Dec 22, 2020
Nastia Liukin
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Gymnastics icon Nastia Liukin joins Kelley O’Hara to discuss her journey to Olympic gold. The daughter of two former Soviet champion gymnasts, Nastia was born in Moscow, Russia, before her family found their way to Plano, Texas. There, Nastia followed in her parents footsteps, quickly ascending to the top of her sport. In this conversation, Nastia discusses her legendary 2008 Olympic battle with fellow American Shawn Johnson, the effects of that rivalry on the two gymnasts’ friendship, her attempt to make the 2012 Olympics, and what she’s learned from both winning and falling short on the world’s biggest stage. Go deeper. Presented by Heineken
Dec 15, 2020
Nneka Ogwumike
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WNBA superstar and Players Association President Nneka Ogwumike talks with Kelley about her unusual path to becoming one of the most impactful leaders in sports. Ogwumike discusses the impact of her Nigerian-American upbringing on her basketball career, why she needed to be talked into going pro before being drafted No. 1, learning to drive stick shift in Poland during her first year abroad, her record-breaking 2016 MVP season, scoring the championship-winning shot to win a title with the Sparks, negotiating the league’s groundbreaking 2020 CBA, and what it took to pull off a paradigm-shifting season inside the WNBA bubble. Go deeper. Presented by Heineken
Dec 08, 2020
Cat Osterman
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Cat Osterman may be the greatest pitcher in softball history. A two-time Olympic medalist and three-time Player of the Year at the University of Texas, Cat recently came out of retirement in order to help Team USA win gold in Tokyo. She sits down with Kelley O’Hara to explain that decision while also reflecting on her career in the sport. Cat talks about her introduction to pitching, her historic career at Texas, winning gold in Athens, what drew her to Athletes Unlimited, and what it means to have another shot at gold next summer. Go deeper. Presented by Heineken
Dec 08, 2020
Mal Pugh
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Mallory Pugh has been considered the future of the U.S. women’s national team since before she could drive a car. After being called in to the USWNT at age 17, she made her Olympic debut at 18, turned professional at 19, and then won a World Cup at age 21. In this episode, Mal and Kelley discuss her meteoric rise to soccer stardom and what comes next in a career that is still just getting started. Mal reflects on her Olympic and World Cup experiences, her decision to turn pro after only three months at UCLA, and what she’s learned from betting on herself. Mal also discusses her recent omission from the USWNT Olympic qualifying roster and why she sees this temporary setback as a turning point in her career. Go deeper. Presented by Heineken
Dec 01, 2020
Stephanie Gilmore
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The most dominant surfer of her generation joins Kelley O’Hara to discuss her life in and out of the water. Born and raised in New South Wales, Australia, Stephanie Gilmore won her first professional event when she was still in high school. As a rookie on the Women’s ASP World Tour, she won four of the eight events and claimed the 2007 World Title, which she then defended for the next three years. Stephanie talks with Kelley about her innate competitive drive, her love of the sport, how she recovered from a random act of violence to reclaim her top spot, what it means to be going to the Olympics next summer, and how she fought for and won equal prize money for women surfers. Go deeper. Presented by Heineken
Nov 24, 2020
Michelle Wie West
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One of the biggest names in golf history sits down with Kelley O’Hara to talk about her one-of-a-kind career. Michelle Wie West discusses her unprecedented rise from a local child prodigy to a national superstar, the highs and lows of her professional journey, and how motherhood has changed her perspective on golf. Already winning adult amateur tournaments by the time she was a teenager, Michelle turned pro the week before she turned 16. She talks with Kelley about the secrets to her early success and the lessons she learned having to persevere through both injury and professional uncertainty. Go deeper. Presented by Heineken
Nov 17, 2020
Carli Lloyd
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One of soccer’s most iconic players sits down with Kelley O’Hara to talk about her roller-coaster journey to the top of her sport. Carli Lloyd speaks candidly about the highs and lows that have defined her career, from getting cut from a youth national team to her legendary hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup final. The USWNT star discusses why she stood by Hope Solo following her controversial benching at the 2007 World Cup, what it meant to score the gold medal-winning goal at the 2008 Olympics and again in 2012, her dominant run through the 2015 World Cup, and what people misunderstood about her comments during the 2019 tournament. Carli also discusses how quarantine inspired her to reconnect with her family after 12 years apart and the hard-won lessons she’s learned as both an athlete and a person. Go deeper. Presented by Heineken
Nov 10, 2020
Allyson Felix
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The most decorated woman in track and field history joins Kelley O’Hara to talk about the highs and lows that have defined her career. Allyson discusses her late introduction to the sport in high school, competing in the Olympics just four years later, her longtime rivalry with Veronica Campbell-Brown, overcoming disappointment in Beijing to win gold in London, the controversial dive which cost her in Rio, the lasting effects of her life-threatening pregnancy, fighting with Nike over maternity coverage, and why she’s now determined to be an advocate for female athletes everywhere. Go deeper. Presented by Heineken
Oct 27, 2020
Bonus: Kelley's season 1 recap
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Just Women’s Sports founder Haley Rosen joins Kelley to reflect on season one of the podcast. Kelley discusses her favorite moments from the season, what she learned from each interview, some of the lessons she has collected from her own career, and why she is already stoked for season two of the show. Together With: Ritual, vitamins for skeptics, by skeptics. Get 10% OFF with code: JWS Sports Save You Money.
Oct 06, 2020
Sam Kerr
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The all-time leading scorer in both NWSL and W-League history joins Kelley to discuss the unorthodox path she’s taken to becoming a global superstar. Sam discusses her lifelong passion for Australian rules football, why she was forced to switch sports by her family, how she went from picking up soccer at age 12 to debuting for the Australian national team at 15, her recovery from two career-threatening injuries in less than a year, why she moved to Chelsea, winning equal pay, and what it means for Australia to be co-hosting the 2023 World Cup. Go deeper. Together With: WISS, your full-service accounting & business growth advisory partner. Get a 30-minute advisory session Magic Spoon, healthy cereal that tastes too good to be true. Get 12% OFF with code: JWS Sports Save You Money.
Sep 22, 2020
April Ross
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Beach volleyball star April Ross joins Kelley to talk about the twists and turns of her Olympic career. April discusses her late introduction to the sport, her unexpected decision to attend USC, how the loss of her mother impacted her on and off the court, why early professional burnout in Puerto Rico led her to make the switch to beach, her early success on the AVP and FIVB circuits, making the gold medal match in her first Olympics, why breaking up with a partner is a lot like breaking up with a significant other, and how she’s preparing for the Tokyo Olympics as the favorite to take home gold. Together With: WISS, your full-service accounting & business growth advisory partner. Get a 30-minute advisory session Magic Spoon, healthy cereal that tastes too good to be true. Get 12% OFF with code: JWS Sports Save You Money.
Sep 15, 2020
Lizzie Armanto
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Skateboarding unicorn Lizzie Armanto joins Kelley to talk about her uncharted path through the world of professional skating. Lizzie discusses the importance of skate park culture to her early education in the sport, why an injury of all things was what convinced her to go pro, the lack of an obvious blueprint and professional role models at the start of her career, how she ended up on Tony Hawk’s Birdhouse team, landing on the cover of Thrasher the same day she got a pro model, why she’s optimistic about the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics, and the story of how she became the first woman to complete the infamous 360 loop. Go deeper. Together With: WISS, your full-service accounting & business growth advisory partner. Get a 30-minute advisory session Ritual, vitamins for skeptics, by skeptics. Get 10% OFF with code: JWS Ohza, mimosas are now #notjustforbrunch. Get 10% OFF with code: JWS Sports Save You Money.
Sep 08, 2020
Breanna Stewart
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All-world basketball star Breanna Stewart joins Kelley to discuss her ongoing pursuit of basketball perfection. Stewie discusses her recent recovery from a torn Achilles, why she’s still salty about the games she lost in college despite going 151-5 and winning four national championships, what makes UConn players different, Kobe Bryant’s mentorship and passing, winning a WNBA title in just her third season in the league, butting heads with Geno Auriemma, and her outspoken advocacy on behalf of both Black Lives Matters and sexual abuse survivors. Note: this episode was recorded before the start of the 2020 WNBA season. Together With: BEAST, personal care products for BEASTS of all kinds. Get 20% OFF with code: JWS Ohza, mimosas are now #notjustforbrunch. Get 10% OFF with code: JWS Sports Save You Money.
Sep 01, 2020
Mikaela Shiffrin
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Record-breaking ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin sits down with Kelley to talk about her historic rise to the top of her sport, the influence of her family on her life and career, why she prefers training to competing, how she recovered from a near-crash to take home gold at the 2014 Olympics, what made the 2018 Olympics complicated, and what she’s learned about herself in the wake of her father’s passing. Go deeper. Together With: BEAST, personal care products for BEASTS of all kinds. Get 20% OFF with code: JWS Ohza, mimosas are now #notjustforbrunch. Get 10% OFF with code: JWS Sports Save You Money.
Aug 25, 2020
Bonus: Alex Morgan on motherhood
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During our conversation with Alex Morgan, the USWNT star went into detail about both her pregnancy and her life as a new mother. Not all of that made it into the final episode, but we thought it was too good not to share. Now, in this special bonus episode of the JWS Podcast, you can listen as Kelley and Alex discuss what it was like to give birth in a pandemic, the lack of research regarding pregnancy and training, and what Alex’s return-to-play protocols look like as the new mother gets ready for next summer’s Olympics. Together With: BEAST, personal care products for BEASTS of all kinds. Get 20% OFF with code: JWS Ritual, vitamins for skeptics, by skeptics. Get 10% OFF with code: JWS Sports Save You Money.
Aug 21, 2020
Kerri Walsh Jennings
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The beach volleyball GOAT Kerri Walsh Jennings gets candid with Kelley as she discusses the ins and outs of her record-setting career. Kerri provides deep insight into her legendary partnership with Misty May-Treanor, the unbreakable mental bond that led to three gold medals, the negative effects her obsession with winning had on her family life and how she was able to recover, why her competitive switch is never off, how she managed to have a family while maintaining her Olympic career, and why she’s more excited than ever before to chase gold at Tokyo next summer. Go deeper. Together With: WISS, your full-service accounting & business growth advisory partner. Get a 30-minute advisory session Ohza, Mimosas are now #notjustforbrunch. Get 10% OFF with code: JWS Sports Save You Money.
Aug 18, 2020
Hilary Knight
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Hockey superstar Hilary Knight joins Kelley to talk about her historic career and the battles she’s fought on and off the ice. Hilary discusses wanting to be an Olympian before women’s ice hockey was even included in the Games, breaking records at Wisconsin, the perils of too many college shenanigans, how she survived on closing-time Dunkin’ Donuts during her first professional seasons, fist-fighting with the Canadian national team, and why the Americans and Canadians put their differences aside to form the PWHPA. Go deeper. Together With: WISS, your full-service accounting & business growth advisory partner. Get a 30-minute advisory session Sports Save You Money.
Aug 11, 2020
Candace Parker
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Basketball legend Candace Parker joins Kelley to share some of the wisdom she’s accrued in her Hall of Fame career. Candace discusses learning how to dunk at the age of 14, the influence of the late Pat Summitt on her life and career, how having a daughter made her a better person, her controversial exclusion from the 2016 Olympic team, what it meant to win a WNBA title in a season dedicated to Summitt, and much more. Go deeper. Together With: WISS, your full-service accounting & business growth advisory partner. Get a 30-minute advisory session Sports Save You Money.
Aug 04, 2020
Chloe Kim
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Snowboarding’s present and future queen Chloe Kim joins Kelley to talk about the true story behind her introduction to the sport, what it meant to go pro at age 12, the fearlessness required to learn a new trick, how she handled being the favorite at the 2018 games, competing in front of her family in Korea, her infamous tweet during the halfpipe final, the demands of celebrity, her transition to life as a Princeton student, and much more. Go deeper.
Jul 28, 2020
Alex Morgan
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Soccer icon Alex Morgan talks with teammate and friend Kelley O’Hara in her first full-length interview since giving birth. Alex discusses her life as a new mother, her meteoric rise from a late-beginning club career to making her national team debut at age 20, the influence Abby Wambach had on her career, the infamous tea celebration against England, the significance of the 2011 World Cup, the USWNT’s fight for equal pay, what made the 2019 World Cup so epic, and what comes next for one of soccer’s biggest stars. Go deeper.
Jul 21, 2020
Trailer
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Join two-time World Cup champ and Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara, as she sits down with some of the biggest names in sports to talk about the untold stories behind their success. Featuring Olympians, MVPs, world champions and breakout stars, the Just Women’s Sports podcast tells the real story of what it’s like to be a professional athlete today. Produced in Partnership with BOOM Integrated
Jul 02, 2020