Holy Crap, I’m On The Olympic Channel

A fat, fair-skinned woman in a pink hat, pink shirt, and bike shorts crosses a finish line marked "Spring Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon" with her hands raised

Picture courtesy of Vice Media

When they first contacted me, I googled their names to make sure they were for real! The Olympic Channel, they told me, was partnering with Vice Media for a series of short films called Body+ and they wanted me to be a part of it.

It worked out for them to follow me at the Spring Sprint Triathlon and at a talk that I gave at the University of California San Diego that same weekend.

They captured a pretty typical triathlon for me – which is to say that it was a shitshow.  (Unlike dancing, where even if lessons/practice sessions weren’t going well I almost always competed well, with triathlon my workouts go ok, but then the races are a total disaster.) If you want the full race report in all its glory,  you can read it here!

The piece is out and I’m so honored to be part of this amazing group of athletes and so happy with the finished piece! I also highly recommend watching all of them, this is a seriously kick ass group of athletes.

You can see it here!

Massive thanks to the team from Vice/The Olympic Channel and Rachel Fox and the crew from UCSD, everyone who came out to the talk – all the race organizers and volunteers, and of course Julianne who is always so completely supportive and amazing!

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About Ragen Chastain

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be Iron-distance triathlete, Activist, Fat Person.
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5 Responses to Holy Crap, I’m On The Olympic Channel

  1. nosnikrapzil says:

    Wow, that is a great video, and look great, and yes I understand about being at the back. I don’t compete in things, but I get it. I was in a room meeting at the weekend, and we had to take it in turns to speak, and then choose who was to speak next. I was nearly the last picked and it triggered so much. Take care, keep safe xx


  2. Anita L. Garcia says:

    Happy Gnome Dance with a Grand Flourish! This is beyond awesome! I am so proud of you!


  3. Oneprplrose says:

    Love this!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing!


  4. SUSAN LOWNEY says:

    Seeing this piece was so life affirming. I love that you admit its not easy and just keep on. Congratulations on that wonderful piece.

    I started walking half marathons with my cancer survivor group. Then I started training for the Danskin Tri. I was old, fat and couldn’t really bike or swim. In my orange tri suit I looked like a pumpkin. That 1st tri I did a kind of sidestroke and walked my bike on the hills. Going over the finish line and getting that medal was such a high. Impressed my kids and grandkids.

    I’ve kept on doing triathlon training. I’m not sure I’d be doing this without a group. I can actually swim now!

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  5. Holy crap, this was amazing! I love that the channel really showed a good amount of your activism work and explained what HAES is, and I especially loved seeing the finish line kiss you got to have with Julianne after you completed the race! This is great!!


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