Never Never Never Give Up


Minute 1: Paula Radcliffe’s mental resilience

The biggest story of the Tokyo Olympics was that of Simone Biles taking her mental health seriously. In our view, Biles did the right thing, not only for herself, but for her team. And despite some backlash, she was never a quitter. The sight of Biles taking bronze in the balance beam was a picture of resilience. Someone who can relate to that struggle is running legend Paula Radcliffe. She was interviewed shortly after Biles pulled out of the all-around to talk about mental health. "How I fought back against 'quitter' label: Long-distance running legend on Simone Biles" gave Radcliffe plenty to discuss. Her own struggles and being forced to drop out of the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon, a race in which she was the clear favorite, make a comparison with Biles easy. "Neither one of us quit. Our bodies just weren't able to do it," Radcliffe told CNN in a phone interview. "Very few people actually understand the relationship between your mind and your body ... particularly in something that's really physically, or mentally -- or both -- taxing, you really need to know when to push through it and when to listen to your body, and it's what has made her the great champion that she is," she said. If you'd like to hear more about Radcliffe and her life, we were lucky enough to speak with her on the SMM podcast back in February, and you can hear that episode here. #NeverNeverNeverGiveUp

Minute 2: Team USA Raced Away With Lots of Gold

16 days of Olympics seemed to pass faster than Allyson Felix rounds the track. While the games were an overall success for the United States, they won the most golds (39) as well as most medals overall (113); there were some issues in Tokyo and at home - like figuring out how to watch it. When track and field finished, Team USA had raked in 26 medals, including 7 gold. The biggest story was that of Allyson Felix, who collected her 11th medal, pushing her past Carl Lewis to become USA Track and Field's most decorated Olympian. "Team USA Track and Field Recap at Tokyo Olympics" provided an excellent highlight of the major victories for the team, including the likes of hurdlers Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad. Athing Mu became the first American woman to win gold in the 800m since 1968, and she did so at just 19 years old. Unfortunately, the US men's track team failed to win a single gold in any individual race. As for the distance squad, Courtney Frerichs won silver in the women's steeplechase, Paul Chelimo won bronze in the men's 5000m, and last but not least, Molly Seidel won bronze in the women's marathon. Considering the competition, 3 medals for the distance crew is a nice haul. You can view the medal winners from all events here. Surprising virtually no one,