Podcast: Whitefish Olympian Talks Tokyo

The latest Olympic athlete from the Flathead Valley, Nicole Heavirland, joins host Micah Drew to talk about her experience in the rugby tournament in Tokyo last month

By Micah Drew

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While the attention of the sporting world has shifted to the fall football season and the start of a number of high school sports, some athletes are still reminiscing about, and processing, their experiences competing at the highest level of sport: the Olympic Games.

Whitefish has an elite club of Olympic athletes that can be counted on a single hand. Nicole Heavirland competed for Team USA in Rugby Sevens at the 2020 Tokyo Games, after going to the 2016 Rio Games as a reserve. Nicole joins to the podcast to talk about her experience in Tokyo, how she and her team handled an early exit from the tournament and what it means to have a supportive community in Montana.  

Later, Micah runs through the biggest stories from the last seven days, including the latest mussel-infested boat interception, a new Montana rule regarding mask wearing in public schools, more Flathead County deaths from COVID-19 and the the largest philanthropic donation in Montana state history.

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The music in this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

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