Monday, April 21, 2014

Long Time, No Write

It has been far too long since I updated this site. Apologies for my unforgivable blogging delinquency over the last few months.

But it's not like I haven't been writing. I spent the last few months writing and publishing on a very regular basis. First, there was all of the figure skating at the Winter Olympics. I wrote about the Martha Karolyi-esque selection of Ashley Wagner by U.S. Figure Skating for the Olympics in Sochi for Deadspin. Other stories for Deadspin--an interview with former pairs skater and current writer for The Mindy Project, Chris Schleicher. (If only he did the commentary instead of Scott Hamilton--it would be a helluva lot funnier.) I also tracked the progress of difficulty in jumps and speculated about the "max out" in figure skating difficulty. After another Olympics passed without a U.S. women's singles medal, I analyzed the current state of the sport in the U.S.

I also detailed the way in which figure skating and its summer sister, gymnastics are different from one another despite popular perception for Slate. But despite the differences, both sports have produced the memes of their respective Olympic Games, a phenomenon I wrote about for Elle.

And there was this profile of Jason Brown, the most adorable and likable skater in the U.S.

(Special shout out to Dave Lease at The Skating Lesson for teaching me so much about the sport over the course of a month and a half.)

And now onto the gymnastics articles: There haven't been nearly as many as there have been skating articles since we are in those awkward years between the Olympics but I have put a few out there over the last few months.

First, on the eve of the controversial Olympics in Sochi I wrote about Vera Caslavska and the art of Olympic protest for The Brooklyn Quarterly. After Lloimincia Hall's floor routine went viral, I was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered about her performance and the world of collegiate gymnastics. I then explored NCAA women's gymnastics further in this article for Medium.

I think this is a pretty complete account of the last few months of sports writing. 

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