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.


Minnesota gymnasts Lee and McCallum back in training for Tokyo

Earlier this month, Grace McCallum's Twin City Twisters and Suni Lee's Midwest Gymnastics reopened their facilities, allowing them to return to training for the postponed Olympics.


Father's injury weighs on her, but South St. Paul gymnast Suni Lee stays on course for Olympics

Suni Lee's focus is on her Olympic dream, and her dad's recovery from a spinal injury that has left him paralyzed.


'We're still fighting': Netflix doc tells whole story of 'Athlete A,' Maggie Nichols

Filmmakers spent 2½ years making "Athlete A," named for the alias that protected Maggie Nichols' identity in early court documents against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.


Twin Cities Marathon will convert to virtual event

The Twin Cities Marathon wasn't exactly canceled. But its conversion to a virtual event — with entrants running any 26.2-mile route on any day in October — will make it the most unusual in its 39-year history.


Gophers' beloved 'Blanket Lady' was once a star athlete, too

A basketball pioneer from the years before Title IX, Elvera "Peps" Neuman now channels her enthusiasm toward the Gophers.


St. Thomas gets 'encouraging news,' inches closer to joining Division I

Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple said Wednesday's decision was "a positive step forward" for the Tommies and the Division I conference.


NCAA decision on St. Thomas' proposed move to Division I expected today

St. Thomas should get some long-awaited clarity about its future Wednesday night, when the NCAA is expected to announce whether the school can move directly from Division III to Division I.


After delay, St. Thomas expects to learn its Division I fate this week

If St. Thomas is allowed to go jump directly from Division III, it would become a member of the Summit League in most sports.


Left high and dry by shutdowns, Lakeville's Smith keeps positive

Lakeville North senior and two-time world champion Regan Smith just got back in the water Monday, after coronavirus-related shutdowns closed her pool for more than two months.


First race at Canterbury: Learning new COVID-19 protocols

A 52-day racing season will begin in Shakopee on Wednesday. There will be horses flying down the track, money won and money lost. So much else, though, will not be normal.