November 2, 2022

EP. 289 — How Did You Become An All-Around Legend? with Jordan Chiles

This week’s episode is a gymnastics EVENT! Olympic silver medalist Jordan Chiles joins Jonathan to discuss how she’s taking the sport to new heights at both the elite and collegiate levels, why she doesn’t take any wins for granted, and who’s on her playlist heading into competition days. Whether you’re a gymnastics newbie or an elite level fan like Jonathan, this one’s a winner.


One note is that we recorded this episode just before Jordan qualified for the 2022 World Gymnastics Championships. Make sure to check out the competition before it ends on November 6!


Jordan Chiles is a globally-recognized, nationally-ranked gymnast and Olympic silver medalist. With legendary basketball star Michael Jordan as her namesake, Chiles’ trajectory has, fittingly, been driven by athletic excellence. Her breakout performance at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games catapulted the athlete to a global stage. Chiles currently resides in Los Angeles and attends UCLA.


You can follow Jordan on Instagram @jordanchiles, on Twitter @ChilesJordan, and on TikTok @JordanChiles.


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Our executive producer is Erica Getto. Our associate producer is Zahra Crim. Our editor is Andrew Carson.


Our theme music is “Freak” by QUIÑ; for more, head to


Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness and Jordan Chiles JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week, I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Jordan Chiles where I ask her: How did you become an all-around legend? I love Jordan Chiles so much! Oh, my God. Welcome to Getting Curious, you guys. If you’re, like, driving or, like, moving and you have not had a chance to read this episode description and you don’t know who we’re interviewing yet, fucking pull over and sit the fuck down because we have one of the most iconic guests on Getting fucking Curious of all time! Literally, Olympic silver fucking medalist. Get out of our face, Jordan Chiles. How are you, Jordan? JORDAN CHILES [00:00:43] I am amazing right now! I’m literally over here, like, in awe, I’m fangirling myself because first off, kudos

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