Updated: Thursday, July 16, 2020

Six-part digital series to feature in-depth conversations focused on social issues with Canada’s top athletes

TORONTO (June 25, 2020) – Canada’s brightest sports stars are going one-on-one as Sportsnet and Team Canada join forces to launch Athlete2Athlete, a six-part digital series starting this week. Set to premiere today at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT, Athlete2Athlete features some of Canada’s top athletes who will go beyond traditional sports headlines to have honest and open conversations designed to motivate and unite Canadians.

Airing every Thursday, the eight-minute Athlete2Athlete episodes will be available to stream online at sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet’s Youtube channel. Episodes will also be available on demand on Sportsnet NOW.

Starting with a discussion between Olympians Rosie MacLennan and Stephanie Labbé today, the series will touch on the impact of COVID-19 on sport and tackle important social issues such as racism, mental health and LGBTQ+ inclusivity to reveal just how powerfully sport unites us all.

With Sportsnet’s Arash Madani teeing up each Athlete2Athlete episode, the following Canadians will be featured over the next six weeks: 

  • Rosie MacLennan (Two-time Olympic champion, Trampoline) and Stephanie Labbé (Rio 2016 bronze medallist, Soccer).
  • Kia Nurse (Rio 2016 Olympian, Basketball) and Miah-Marie Langlois (Rio 2016 Olympian, Basketball).
  • Mark Tewksbury (Barcelona 1992 Olympic champion, Swimming), Markus Thormeyer (Rio 2016 Olympian, Swimming) and Annie Guglia (Tokyo 2020 hopeful, Skateboarding).
  • Mikaël Kingsbury (PyeongChang 2018 Olympic champion, Freestyle Skiing) and Max Parrot (PyeongChang 2018 silver medallist, Snowboard).
  • Aaron Brown (Rio 2016 bronze medallist, Athletics) and Donovan Bailey (Two-time Olympic champion, Athletics).
  • Marie-Philip Poulin (Two-time Olympic champion, Hockey) and Shane Doan (Turin 2006 Olympian, Hockey)

Broadcast and episode details will be available prior to each broadcast on sportsnet.ca and across Sportsnet and Team Canada’s social channels. 

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Josh Su, Canadian Olympic Committee
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