Olympic sports writing: 2004-2015

Selected features and interviews, plus coverage from several Olympics: Features Dec. 1, 2015: US college sports are a factory for Olympic medalists – but for how much longer? (The Guardian) Nov. 7, 2015: Speed skating: can the US team shine after the failure of Sochi? (The Guardian) Aug. 30, 2015: Why Serena Williams, not Ronda Rousey, isContinue reading “Olympic sports writing: 2004-2015”

Monday Myriad: The good news is on the mat

So the Ryder Cup happened. And U.S. fighters posted a 3-5 record on the UFC card in England, with Matt Wiman’s shocking submission win against submission expert Paul Sass being the biggest bright spot. And perhaps your favorite football teams lost on the gridiron, the pitch and the oval. (Yes, the Australian rules football GrandContinue reading “Monday Myriad: The good news is on the mat”

Rio 2016: Is there any way to make golf work in the Olympics?

Golf’s inclusion in the 2016 Olympics is one of the most puzzling IOC decisions in recent years. For one thing, that decision forced Rio to build a golf course, which has turned out to be a major problem. The other problem is that the golf calendar is already super-saturated. Four majors, WGC events, Ryder Cup,Continue reading “Rio 2016: Is there any way to make golf work in the Olympics?”