This episode of the Road to Paris follows the Hamburg Elite16, an event in which every single men’s medalist – Sweden’s David Ahman and Jonatan Hellvig, Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Sam Cottafava, Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sorum – has added the jump-set to their offense, not to mention fifth-place finishers and master jump-setters Miles Partain and Andy Benesh. The women’s side is a touch different, as world No. 1 Ana Patricia Silva and Duda Lisboa need no trickery, nor do silver medalists Kristen Nuss and Taryn Kloth and German bronze medalists Cinja Tillman and Svenja Muller.

Travis Mewhirter covers all of those medalists and jump-setters, as well as:

  • Kristen Nuss and Taryn Kloth becoming the new No. 1 USA team in the Olympic rankings
  • Ahman and Hellvig jumping up 10 spots in the Olympic rankings in the past two events
  • The Brazilian women’s race being all but set in stone, despite it being early in the race
  • George Wanderley and Andre Loyola gaining control of the Brazilian men’s race

And much, much more, including a Waiakea explosion and a funny interruption from Siri or Alexa.



Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter have a NEW BOOK! Playbook of Champions: The habits, routines, and stories of Olympians, Champions, and world-class athletes. If you listen to the show – which, if you’re reading this, then you are – then this is the perfect book for you, as it is a distillation of the best golden nuggets from our first five years of the podcast. Check it out on Amazon!

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