Blind Landing

Blind Landing takes listeners behind the scenes in the world of sports, telling stories through athletes’ voices.

ABOUT SEASON ONE: The first season of Blind Landing focuses on the world of elite gymnastics and the story of the Sydney vault controversy. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, the greatest gymnasts in the world gathered in Sydney, Australia in pursuit of the ultimate prize: gold in the all-around final. But in the midst of the competition, something inexplicable and unprecedented happened that derailed the event — a mistake that changed the gymnasts’ lives forever. Through original interviews with Olympic gymnasts, coaches and officials, Blind Landing tells the untold true story of one of the biggest mistakes in Olympic history. In our new two-part story, “A Look At Safety In Gymnastics”, gymnasts who competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 talk about the current state of safety at competitions, revealing how twenty years after the Sydney vault controversy, problems still abound when it comes to ensuring their physical safety on the competition floor. 

The second season of Blind Landing is an anthology about the world of figure skating. Coming February 2022.


The New York Times: 6 Podcasts to Whet Your Appetite for the Olympics

Rolling Stone: ‘Blind Landing’ Podcast Examines One of the Olympics’ Worst Mistakes

Vulture/New York Magazine: Blind Landing Jumps Into Gymnastics (and 4 More Podcasts Worth Trying)

Elle Magazine: Inside The Biggest Gymnastics Mistake In Olympics History

The Atlantic: The 50 Best Podcasts of 2021 – #27: Blind Landing

The Wall Street Journal: AdvertiseCast Announces Exclusive Relationship with “Blind Landing” Podcast Miniseries

Spotify: Blind Landing: A Spotify Exclusive Interview

CBC Radio (Canadian Public Radio) : Podcast Playlist – When Sports Meets True Crime: Podcasts About Athletic Scandals

ABC Radio National (Australian Public Radio): Sporty – Olympic Gymnastics Stuff-Up: Allana Slater Interview (starts at 1:00)

Slate: The Waves – The Olympics Are Still Sexist. Can We Enjoy Them Anyway? (starts at 33:19)

KQED: Forum – Tell Us Your Podcast Recommendations (starts at 30:14)

LA Review Of Books: Blind Landing: A Thoughtful Exploration of an Olympics Controversy

FanSided: Blind Landing, Simone Biles and Believing When Athletes Say There Is A Problem

Inside Gymnastics: Blind Landing Podcast Revisits Sydney Vault Controversy

The Week: July Podcast Picks: The Olympics, Camping And Children’s Shows

The Sunday Post: Pick Of The Podcasts: Bad People, Manatomy, Blind Landing

The Guardian: Hear Here – Podcasts of the Week

The New Zealand Herald: Podcast Of The Week – Blind Landing

Pod Bible: 20 Best Podcasts of 2021 – Blind Landing

Blue Wire: Burn It All Down Podcast – Episode 212: Re-thinking Olympic So-Called Disappointments (starts at 7:08)

Book Talk Etc Podcast: Episode 11 – August 3rd 2021 (starts at 7:00)

Podcast Delivery: Podcast of the Week – Blind Landing

Mediaweek: Podcast Week: The Beanies New Pod, Diamantina, Olympic Podcasts + More

Great Pods: Podcast Picks Of The Week

Inside Podcasting: Dustlight Productions Hosts Q&A on Fair Pay / Transistor Joins Stripe’s Climate Change Program / “Blind Landing” Debuts

Pod Sauce: Uncover The 2000 Olympics’ Epic Gymnastics Flop In ‘Blind Landing’

Inside Radio: Podcasting Goes To The Tokyo Olympics

Podcast The Newsletter: January 10th 2022

Earbuds Podcast Collective: Olympics & Sports Stories

The Gist: #366 – Olympics Edition (7.22.2021)

Keelin Reviews: Podcast Review – Blind Landing

Pod People: Issue No. 59

Circularity Weekly: Inside the Olympics


FanSided: Blind Landing Continues To Shine A Light On Safety Problems In Gymnastics

Bello Collective: 100 Outstanding Podcasts Episodes From 2021

Inside Podcasting: October 21 2021

The IX: Gymnastics Saturday – December 11th 2021

Unorthodox Gymnastics: December 3rd 2021


About Us

Ari Saperstein
Host & Editor

Ari is a multimedia journalist and reporter. Currently, he works on the production team at This American Life. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine.

Christian Green

Christian is the lead health reporter and audio producer at Carolina Public Press.

Myka Kielbon

Myka is a freelance writer and reporter. Her stories have appeared on KPCC and KCRW, the Los Angeles NPR affiliate stations.

Jessica Taylor Price

Jessica is a freelance sports writer. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, ESPNW, and Bleacher Report. She is also the gymnastics writer for the women’s sports newsletter The IX.

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