Rachel Blount | Star Tribune
Reporter/Columnist | Sports

Rachel Blount is a sports and general assignment reporter, with a particular emphasis on Olympic sports.


Diggins to carry flag at closing ceremony

Afton's Jessie Diggins earned another honor after making history for the United States by winning a gold medal in the cross-country sprint race with teammate Kikkan Randall.


Stone-cold stunner: U.S. curlers bump Canada, play for gold next

The upset continued a remarkable roll for Team Shuster, the Minnesota-rich men's team was left for dead last weekend after staggering through two losses that dropped its record to 2-4


Crushing fear and doubt, U.S. women win hockey gold

The U.S. women beat Canada 3-2 for the Olympic gold medal in a shootout at Gangneung Hockey Centre, riding a stout performance from goaltender Maddie Rooney of Andover and the pond-hockey chops of North Dakota's Lamoureux twins.


'Team USA's medal': Diggins' golden triumph decades in the making

To finally get America to the top of the cross-country podium, it took an extraordinary effort in both the long run and the short.


After digging deep, Jessie Diggins celebrates historic gold medal

Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall captured gold in the women's team sprint. The medal was only the second ever won by a U.S. cross-country skier at the Winter Games and the first gold.


U.S. curlers have good day at rink

The women's team won twice while the men's team edged Canada to stay alive.


Diggins makes no apologies over not winning any medals

The Afton skier isn't focusing on the hardware, but instead on the best finishes ever for U.S.


U.S. women's figure skating struggling to generate interest

Too many jumps, too few rivalries have eroded interest in Games' glamour sport.


U.S. women curlers raise record to 4-3 by beating China, Denmark

Nina Roth's last stone settles it in a 7-6 victory.


USA men lose two in curling; playoff hopes between rock and a hard place

Only three round-robin games remain for the Americans to try and scramble back into contention.