My New Favorite Olympian is airing on NBC tonight

My New Favorite Olympian
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In only a few short weeks, the 2024 Paris Olympics will kick off in the City of Lights on Friday, July 26, stretching until Sunday, August 11, with the 2024 Paralympics to follow starting on Wednesday, August 28. But before we watch the world's greatest athletes awe audiences all over the globe with their impressive skills in swimming, gymnastics, track & field and diving, let's get to know some of the sportsman who will be representing Team USA in this year's games.

In the weeks leading up to the Olympics, NBC is presenting a new season of the award-winning multiplatform podcast My New Favorite Olympian profiling Team USA’s most-inspiring athletes. The seven-part audio and video series is led by 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer Natalie Coughlin and Zena Keita, an NBC Sports Bay Area reporter, host and analyst.

The series "provides in-depth narratives profiling established and emerging American stars who have overcome adversity, broken barriers, and committed to helping others as they pursue Olympic or Paralympic glory," per NBCUniversal. Each episode focuses on a different Olympic and Paralympic hopeful—such as swimmer Lydia Jacoby, gymnast Jordan Chiles, climber Jesse Grupper and beach volleyball player Kelly Cheng—with interviews from the athlete themself as well as those closest to them.

“Athletes that earn the honor of representing their country in the Olympic Games have impressive talent, but it also takes tremendous dedication, resilience and fortitude for them to achieve their greatest potential and perform at the highest levels,” said Coughlin in a press release. “I feel fortunate to be a part of My New Favorite Olympian and proud to help share the unique personal stories of these inspiring athletes, and highlight the passions that drive them as individuals, competitors, and community members.”

Video versions of the My New Favorite Olympian podcast series will air on NBC-owned stations’ television, streaming and digital platforms. You can tune into an episode of My New Favorite Olympian tonight at 7:30pm Eastern Time on NBC and get to better acquainted with some of the American athletes you'll be rooting on come the Paris games. To tune in, you're going to need access to NBC. You can tune into the channel through a traditional pay-TV service, TV antenna or live TV streaming service (FuboHulu with Live TVSling TV and YouTube TV all carry NBC). 

Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York. 

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.