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Latest Podcast Episodes

Episode 177 – Skating Through Life with Akop Manoukian

February 16, 2022

Akop is a Professional Figure Skater, coach, husband, father, performer, actor, stunt double in Will Farrell’s Blades of Glory, and the President/CEO and Executive Director of the Grand Teton Skating Association. Originally from Armenia, Akop has traveled and performed with some of the best figure skaters in our time. After performing all over the world, Akop made Jackson his home in 1999.

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Episode 176 – The True Tales of Author Tim Sandlin

February 10, 2022

Tim Sandlin is a father, husband, novelist and screenwriter. You also may have seen him working at one of his 40 entry-level jobs over the past 50+ years. Tim first visited Jackson Hole in the late 50s with his father who worked as a part-time surveyor. He made his escape to Jackson from Oklahoma in 1968 when he took a seasonal job at Signal Mountain Lodge. Tim has published 10 novels and a book of columns. Three of his books have been produced as movies.

In this episode, Tim talks about his writing process and how it has developed over the past 60 years. He dives into his experience with the publishing world and how selling a book differs from movie screenplays. Tim shares his excitement for the Jackson Hole Writers Conference that will be happening in person again this June after a two-year absence. Stephan and Tim also discuss his latest book Somewhat True Tales of Jackson Hole and Tim shares a few stories featured in the book.

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Episode 175 – 534 Miles in 31 Days with Lisa Smith-Batchen

February 3, 2022

Lisa Smith-Batchen is an ultra runner, Ironman competitor, personal coach, mom, mentor, wife, and sister. Her athletic achievements have been documented in The NY Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated for Women, ESPN Magazine, Outside Magazine, and many more. After the tragic events of 9/11, Lisa and her family decided to leave New Jersey and move to where they have always wanted to live, Jackson Hole. 

In this episode, Lisa gets a little more personal with Stephan and talks about her latest fitness journey. In October of 2021, Lisa’s sister Julie passed away of colon cancer.

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"I listened to Ian and Tim. Thought they were both great!  Ian is hilarious!   Definitely got me thinking about what I do day in and day out."

Richard Levy
Jackson, Wyoming

About the Jackson Hole Connection

The Jackson Hole Connection is Jackson Hole's Community Podcast, founded by Stephan Abrams with founding sponsors The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole and Jackson Hole Marketplace.

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