Episode 105

Broken bones and broken dreams but finally an Olympian - Jess Piasecki, Team GB Marathon

Published on: 18th June, 2021

Jess Piasecki is part of Team GB in the marathon and will make her Olympic debut in the heat of Tokyo. I met Jess at the Team GB Kitting Out day and she was thrilled with the experience.

Jess's story is a remarkable one. She's been competing at international level since she was 16. But from the age of 18 she's had to learn about and overcome a number of problems especially poor bone health and issues with the menstrual cycle which has left her with a lot of serious injuries including 7 compression fractures in her spine. She missed both the Rio Olympics and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with problems with her hips, rib and spine.

Jess has become an expert about what caused these issues and she's now a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.

There's lots to learn from Jess's website at www.runscience.co.uk

And have a listen to Jess's own podcast - Female Athlete Podcast


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Destination Tokyo
Olympic and Paralympic stories in the run up to the Tokyo Games.
I’ve covered 5 Olympic and 5 Paralympic Games at home and abroad. Tokyo 2020 was to have been numbers 6. So how are the athletes preparing during Covid times. And what are they learning in the run up to the Games. The Podcast lasts around 10 mins and comes out daily, Monday to Friday. I’m also using it to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres to thank them for the help they’ve given my wife and family during her bowel cancer journey.
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Mark Shardlow

Hi - I'm Mark, a Sports Journalist specialising in Olympic and Paralympic Sports. I also help others podcast.