Rachel Blount | Star Tribune
Reporter/Columnist | Sports

Rachel Blount is a sports reporter for the Star Tribune who covers a variety of topics, including the Olympics, Wild, college sports and horse racing. She has written extensively about Minnesota's Olympic athletes and has covered pro and college hockey since joining the staff in 1990. 

An Iowa native, Blount is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She has won numerous state and national writing awards. Her favorite stories to tell are those that convey the emotion and humanity of sports. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Pat Borzi, who also is a sportswriter.


Australia's national women's softball team finds summer home — in Mankato

Mankato is going the extra mile to serve as home for the Australian national fastpitch team. "This is massive. The whole community has gotten behind it," one player said.


About the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota

A closer look at the Australian softball team that is spending a few months in Minnesota.


U's star diver Bacon needs to change her game to live Olympic dream

In diving circles, Gophers diver Sarah Bacon is recognized as a master on the 1-meter board. But that won't help her pursue a dream of getting to the 2020 Olympics.


Keeping horses safe: This man knows all the dirt at Canterbury Park

Johnnie Jamison, who oversees a 1-mile dirt oval that was fully renovated last fall, can sometimes be found in the middle of the night checking on the race track surface.


Grunewald to be honored with Tuesday public ceremony

Tuesday would have been her 33rd birthday.


Grunewald remembered as she lived her life: Running for hope

Her friends, family and admirers paid tribute by running or walking 1.405 miles — her favorite number — on the Minneapolis Diagonal Trail along the edge of Hillside Cemetery, where she was buried.


Gabe Grunewald's funeral, visitation and memorial run announced

The late runner's funeral will be held Monday at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.


Runner Gabe Grunewald dies after long battle with cancer

Gabe Grunewald, 32, was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2009 and inspired thousands with her bravery and resolve.


Ex-Gophers runner Grunewald in grave condition, moved to comfort care

Gabriele Grunewald, the Minnesota distance runner who gained a legion of fans during her long bout with cancer, is in grave condition and was moved to comfort care Sunday afternoon.


'Refreshed' Steveson seeking spot at world championships

The Gophers heavyweight wrestler has turned the page after finishing third at the NCAAs as a freshman.