18 Jul USWNT and NWSL star Kelley O’Hara talks internet hosting new ‘Simply Ladies’s Sports activities Podcast’
Kelley O’Hara is finished answering questions. Properly, probably not. However one of many extra considerate voices on the U.S. ladies’s nationwide team does have some questions she needs to ask.
An interview topic numerous instances over as a Hermann Trophy winner at Stanford and a longtime member of the U.S. ladies’s nationwide team, together with key roles in a pair of World Cup championships, O’Hara will likely be on the opposite aspect of the dialog as host of the “Simply Ladies’s Sports activities Podcast.” The brand new podcast launches Tuesday, with O’Hara talking with U.S. teammate Alex Morgan within the ahead’s first interview since giving beginning to daughter Charlie. Future company embrace Chloe Kim, Candace Parker and Breanna Stewart.
At present taking part in with Utah Royals FC within the NWSL Problem Cup, O’Hara recorded the preliminary episodes from contained in the event bubble.
O’Hara and Simply Ladies’s Sports activities founder and podcast producer Haley Rosen, additionally a Stanford ladies’s soccer alum and former skilled participant within the NWSL and Europe, spoke with Football4cast in regards to the new enterprise and making an attempt to elevate the media presence of girls’s sports activities.
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A part of the pitch for the brand new podcast signifies you are hoping to dig into matters that usually go ignored, so what are a few of these matters and in your thoughts why do they get ignored?
Kelley O’Hara: What intrigued me and pulled me in to host that is I really feel like a number of instances athletes are telling their tales by means of a journalist or a reporter and it is not a lot by means of their phrases. And there’s something very particular and totally different and distinctive about sitting down athlete to athlete and having a dialog. I suppose perhaps not a lot ignored, however it’s only a totally different perspective as a result of because the interviewer, because the host, the one asking the questions, I’ve shared experiences. It may not be in the identical sport, however as a feminine athlete, there’s a number of similarities — and simply an athlete on the whole. For me, that is what I discovered most intriguing. I really like listening to folks’s tales, their journeys, how they grew to become profitable. As a result of I do know in my very own story and journey, it’s extremely nuanced and complicated and there is a number of stuff folks do not see. So form of with the ability to open up an area the place folks can inform their tales.
Are you a reasonably common podcast listener?
O’Hara: I do take heed to podcasts. My first foray into the podcast house was “Serial.” I really feel like I take heed to them largely once I’m touring, on planes and stuff. However I do actually get pleasure from them.
What is the sports activities/non-sports cut up when it comes to what you take heed to?
O’Hara: I do not know if I take heed to that many sports activities podcasts, to be sincere. I like listening to enterprise, as an illustration “How I Constructed This.” I really like that as a result of it is form of the identical vibe we’re going for when it comes to [how] it explains this journey of success. It offers you the perception into the wins but in addition the losses and the obstacles and the arduous instances, which I discover so fascinating. I like listening to folks’s tales, and people are the podcasts I gravitate towards.
We regularly confer with the concept of gamers having a platform, and this podcast additionally looks like a manifestation of that. How do you make sense of what “a platform” means to you and what you wish to do with it?
O’Hara: For me, it is fascinating. Once I first bought in as knowledgeable, folks can be like, ‘You encourage folks, you do all this stuff.’ And for me, I am like, ‘No, I am simply taking part in soccer, I am simply doing what I really like.’ Nevertheless it turns into actually that you simply do have an effect higher than your self and also you do have a duty to only make the world a greater place. And for me, there’s so many issues that you might use your platform for, and I feel you’ve gotten to have the ability to discover your bullseye, as somebody as soon as informed me.
And with this, this is sort of a very particular factor that I really feel very strongly about. I am a feminine athlete, and I do not suppose that the protection is nearly as good correctly. So I am getting concerned. I am very a lot about, ‘Do not simply say it.’ It is best to exit and do it. I feel for a very long time I anticipated different folks to do what I needed to see. And I spotted all through my profession that if you wish to see one thing occur, it’s a must to make it occur.
So is there a stability you wish to discover within the podcast between advocacy and leisure?
O’Hara: I feel that it simply comes hand in hand. That is one of many causes that I needed to do it’s because it’s a platform. It is the flexibility for me to carry on company and followers and the world to listen to their tales, their beliefs, their opinions by means of their very own phrases. That form of simply goes hand in hand — the issues which are necessary to the company that come on will come out by means of the conversations. And I feel that is an effective way to have the ability to give a platform to those that perhaps would not be capable to converse on it as freely or as brazenly as they’d wish to.
Earlier than the World Cup remaining final 12 months, I bear in mind being struck by how relaxed you appeared throughout one of many final instances gamers spoke to the media. Was there ever a time in your profession while you apprehensive about saying the mistaken factor or guarding your opinions?
O’Hara: I feel that I nonetheless do. I feel everybody, while you discuss to the media, is a bit of guarded. As a result of you already know that, except it is like a podcast, the place it is your phrases and also you’re saying it, it is up for interpretation by the media. They will write it in the way in which that may match their agenda. However on the similar time, I really feel like I’ve all the time simply tried to be very true to who I’m. I am not making an attempt to be anyone however myself. So I feel that is allowed me to be as relaxed as one in all probability will be after they’re speaking to the media. However that is to not say there aren’t instances the place I am like, ‘Oh, that is uncomfortable.’
What made Kelley the individual to suit your imaginative and prescient for this?
Haley Rosen: Kelley is an athlete that really will get a ton of protection, like I feel the U.S. ladies’s nationwide team is mainstream now. I felt like that was actually necessary, and we needed somebody that was prepared to make use of their platform to essentially lend a voice to athletes or sports activities that perhaps do not get as a lot protection. I give Kelley all of the credit score on this planet for that. … Kelley is extremely good, she’s inquisitive, she’s considerate. She’s by no means performed this earlier than, however she’s a total pure. She’s simply actually good, so these interviews are fascinating, however they’re additionally enjoyable and actual. The very last thing is, we wanted somebody who was prepared to do it. It is fascinating to listen to Kelley reply the query about feeling snug or uncomfortable as a result of I do know throughout this course of, I’ve pushed her out of her consolation zone. I simply give her all of the credit score on this planet as a result of it is scary to place your self on the market.