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.


NSIC cancels all its sports competitions through the end of 2020

The league, with nine Minnesota schools, joined the national trend of canceling sports this fall.


Decisions ahead: Winter sports at U, altered schedules for fall teams

University coaches are awaiting more details on what their teams will be allowed to do in the fall and how schedules can be put together for play after January 1.


Canterbury jockey gets maximum suspension, $10K fine for illegal device

Electrical devices, commonly called "buzzers," are used to shock horses to make them run faster. The jockey, Denny Valazquez, also had a loaded firearm on track property.


NCAA cancels Division II and Division III fall championships

D-II schools such as Minnesota State Mankato, in particular, were awaiting the NCAA's ruling.


Olympic countdown resets for Tokyo and hopeful athletes

The Tokyo Games, postponed a year by the coronavirus pandemic, would have opened Friday.


MIAC to move several fall sports, including football, to the spring

Some coaches and athletes have been told that football, volleyball and soccer are among the sports that will switched from this fall to the spring if the NCAA and public health officials allows it.


Top Canterbury jockey suspended for alleged possession of shock device

The Minnesota Racing Commission suspended Denny Velazquez, a top jockey at the Shakopee racetrack. A hearing in the case is tentatively set for July 30. Buzzers are used to shock horses to make them run faster.


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.


At Canterbury Park, virus presents challenges and opportunities

The track announced new travel restrictions for jockeys, expanding its efforts to prevent the pandemic from disrupting the season as has happened at several other tracks around the country.


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.