Reporter/Columnist | Sports

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.


Olympic Diary: After 2 weeks in Tokyo, writers earn liberating 'TP Card'

Because of COVID restrictions, media at the Olympics are subject to a "soft quarantine'' for their first 14 days in Japan. There's a big change for the better when that ends.


Gophers star Steveson dominates way into gold medal match with 3 one-sided victories

In his first major competition at the senior international level, Gable Steveson of Apple Valley has set up a gold-medal battle Friday with three-time world champion Geno Petriashvili.


'Young cat' Steveson pounces on first two opponents in Olympic wrestling

Gophers wrestler Gable Steveson, of Apple Valley, knocked off the defending champion from the Rio Games in the quarterfinals.


Meet Minnesota's 17 Olympians competing for the United States

It's not unusual for Minnesota to be well-represented at the Winter Olympics. But this summer, the large contingent of athletes with Minnesota ties at the Tokyo Games is special, with nationally recognized stars, returning medalists and exciting newcomers.


Heat, humidity, happiness: Shoreview's Condie 11th in first-ever Olympic climb

Even though Kyra Condie's competition ended earlier than she had hoped, she was proud to be part of the first group of women to climb in the Olympics.


Suni Lee will leave the Olympic podium and head to college

Her college checklist includes all the usual dorm-room amenities, but "I'll probably bring my medals."


Biles makes history in Tokyo, just not how we expected

Simone Biles ended her Summer Olympics with a bronze medal and at the forefront of a mental health movement that's redefining how we think about athletes.


Biles wins bronze on balance beam; Lee fifth, says she's 'super happy'

Simone Biles brought a crowd of athletes and Olympics staff to its feet with her return. St. Paul's Suni Lee didn't feel bad about not getting another medal: "I'm still going home with three medals. It's just amazing.''


Gophers wrestling star Steveson ready to put on an Olympian show

Gable Steveson of Apple Valley is pretty sure he knows how the freestyle heavyweight class is going to play out. He isn't shy about revealing it.


Shoreview's Condie out to show climbing fits right in at Olympics

Sport climbing makes its Olympic debut this week with an unusual format that features its three disciplines.