Blind Landing

Blind Landing takes listeners inside the world of elite gymnastics.

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. 


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  • The Vault: Part 1
    Elise Ray, America’s top gymnast, qualified for the 2000 Olympics with big dreams — but during the all-around final, high expectations clashed with reality and…More
  • The Vault: Part 2
    The story of the 2000 women’s gymnastics all-around final picks up with Australian gymnast Allana Slater. In the midst of the competition, Allana realized that…More
  • The Vault: Part 3
    The officials tried to solve the vault problem. Their decision had major consequences for everyone in the arena — but no one more so than…More
  • The Vault: Part 4
    Romanian gymnast Maria Olaru discusses how the vault problem might have been stopped before it even started. Olympic officials explain what was happening behind the…More
  • The Vault: Part 5
    On the final episode of Blind Landing, British gymnast Lisa Mason reflects on the culture she trained in. Elise and Allana discuss the impact that…More

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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