86 minutes | Mar 10th 2021

Two Olympic Hopefuls on Chasing the Dream During the Pandemic

Today's guests on The XC Podcast are both in quarantine, they are both fighting for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team, and they were both wearing the same new balance t-shirt. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot and Julie-Anne Staehli join host Alex Cyr from their respective homes in Edmonton, Alberta and Lucknow, Ontario. Julie-Anne recently broke the Canadian indoor two mile record at the New Balance Grand Prix in Boston, running 9:22.66. Charles, meanwhile, recently ran a near-PB in the 1,500m of 3:39.64, making of him a front runner for a spot on the metric mile start line at these upcoming games. The three had a in-depth conversation and covered a wide range of topics. You can find them in the show notes below. Show Notes: 6:30 - Should athletes have to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to their home country? 16:30 - Julie-Anne breaks down her Canadian indoor two-mile record-setting race 23:00 - Why CPT decided to go race in Europe during COVID-19 25:30 - The importance of World Athletics points in qualifying for races 33:00 - How CPT has found health in this past year 36:00 - How Julie-Anne kept training at a high level despite a race-less year 38:30 - CPT's good relationship with ASICS and his move to New Balance 43:30 - Julie-Anne's and CPT's relationship with Instagram 56:00 - Putting a price tag on one's athletic career 66:00 - How Julie-Anne and CPT plan to make Canada's Olympic team 68:00 - CPT, who is an athlete representative at Athletics Canada, breaks down the qualification system, and the rationale for giving the eventual winners of the Olympic trials a golden ticket to Tokyo.
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