👂🔊The U Podcast - Featuring Julie-Anne Staehli and Kevin Robertson

  
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It’s storm season, flu season, stay inside season. Fear not: here comes some entertainment. Alex Cyr hops on the mic (fear not, no singing this time) and catches up with two fantastic podcast guests.

First is Julie-Anne Staehli from Lucknow, Ontario. She's a former Queen’s Gael and a five-time U SPORTS All Canadian. Now a post-collegiate athlete, the 26-year-old Staehli trains out of London with the Backroads Bandits, or as she calls the women's division, the Backroads Bandettes. Just over a week ago, she just popped a massive PB of 8:47:95 in Boston. It was the second fastest Canadian mark of all time, and World Athletics Indoor championship qualifier. Here, Alex chats with Staehli about her move to London, her entrance into coaching, and the key to her staggering consistency.

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Our second guest is Kevin Robertson, last year’s 1,000 m gold medalist at the U SPORTS championship. The 21-year-old middle distance runner does most of his workouts by himself at the University of Montreal, but his lack of training partners has not stopped him from clocking the fastest 1,500 m and 3,000 times in Canada’s varsity circuit so far this year. In Boston last weekend, he narrowly missed breaking four minutes in the mile, crossing the line at 4:00.25. Here, Kevin talks about the agony of coming just short of track and field’s most mythical barrier, the heartbreak of being a Montreal Canadiens fan, and which race distance he hopes to run at the U SPORTS championship.

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Sometimes, we keep recording after the interview ends. Sometimes, the conversation just keeps flowing. So, this edition ends with Alex venting to Julie-Anne about student life, missing Windsor, and the craziness of downtown Toronto.

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