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.

Regan Smith, Lakeville's world-record holder, returns to water in Iowa

With her training schedule back to normal, the U.S. Open will give Smith a chance to check her progress and get back into racing mode.

Gophers gymnast Wiskus leaving state, moving to Colorado Springs to train

With no assurance he could keep training at on-campus Cooke Hall next spring, and no teammates to work out with, Shane Wiskus has faced a sudden, sorrowful choice.

Canterbury Park proposes 65-day meet for 2021, return of Sunday races

The schedule, which must be approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission, reintroduces Sunday afternoon racing after a one-year hiatus.

St. Olaf joins Carleton in canceling winter sports due to pandemic

The MIAC still plans to have competition.

Big-time moves: St. Thomas signs first D-I athletes, expanding staff

The step from Division III has already brought new hirings, new fundraising efforts and newly endowed scholarships to St. Thomas.

Bodenheimer gives Canterbury trainer another try at Breeders' Cup

Valorie Lund likes to take a patient approach with her young racehorses, allowing them to develop at their own pace. With Bodenheimer, she didn't have to wait.

Gophers gymnast Wiskus heads to Japan for Olympic test event

The Friendship and Solidarity Competition will be Japan's first international sporting event of the pandemic, with the Olympics slated for Tokyo next summer.

NCAA gives all Division III athletes extra year of eligibility

The MIAC, which has postponed all competitions until Jan. 1, is expected to announce more details soon about its winter sports schedule.

Carleton becomes first MIAC school to cancel winter sports

In a news release, Carleton officials said restricting off-campus travel and outside visitors has helped limit COVID-19's "direct impact'' on campus this fall.

World champion Lakeville swimmer changes plans for education, Olympics

To train for next year's Olympics, Regan Smith spent the summer doing early-morning workouts in an outdoor community pool, and she's put off attending Stanford to better prepare for Tokyo.