Sideline Talk: Octavia “Opi” Payne [Ep. 40]

One of the biggest stars of ultimate's media era.

Fury's Opi Payne celebrates the championship winning goal at the 2018 Club National Championships.
Fury’s Opi Payne celebrates the championship winning goal at the 2018 Club National Championships. Photo: Paul Rutherford—

Octavia “Opi” Payne is a four-time national champion, a world champion, and a World Games gold medalist. In this episode of Sideline Talk, Opi talks about her roots in the game at the University of Pennsylvania and how she’s long thrived on an underdog mentality, despite her greatness over the last decade.

We talk about her influences, emerging as a star player, playing under the coaching of both Alex Ghesquiere and Matty Tsang, and transitioning from a high-volume offensive player on Washington DC Scandal and Denver Molly Brown to a far more structured D-line role with San Francisco Fury.

Opi also discusses her thoughts on ultimate’s reckoning with race and what she sees as her future in the sport. It’s a wide-ranging conversation and the longest-ever episode of Sideline Talk!

Sideline Talk is now available as a video podcast for Full and Plus subscribers!

Sideline Talk: Octavia “Opi” Payne [Ep. 40] is only available to Ultiworld Subscribers

Subscribe to Ultiworld

Already have a subscription? Log in

Whether you visit Ultiworld for our reporting, our podcasts, or our video coverage, you can help us continue to provide high quality content with a subscription. By becoming a subscriber, not only do you receive benefits like exclusive articles and full article RSS feeds, you also help fund all of Ultiworld's coverage in general. We appreciate your support!

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld.You can reach him by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

TAGGED: , , , , ,

More from Ultiworld
Comments on "Sideline Talk: Octavia “Opi” Payne [Ep. 40]"

Find us on Twitter

Recent Comments

Find us on Facebook

Subscriber Exclusives

  • College Power Rankings, Presented By NUTC [April 17, 2024]
    article with bonus content
  • How Carleton Syzygy Ended the Streak
    Subscriber article
  • Deep Look LIVE: WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch, College Confregionals
    podcast with bonus segment
  • Inside the Circle LIVE: Jonesboro Open Rapid Reax
    Subscriber podcast