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.


PWHL Minnesota falls to Toronto for third consecutive loss

Defender Sophie Jaques scored her second goal with 21.1 seconds left in regulation to tie the score, but Sarah Nurse delivered the game-winner for Toronto with 1:12 remaining in overtime.


Red-hot Toronto set to face PWHL Minnesota at Mariucci

PWHL Minnesota is in a goal-scoring slump and faces a Toronto team that comes in riding a five-game winning streak.


Despite falls, Lee happy to be at Winter Cup after battling kidney issues

The reigning Olympic all-around champion fell on her events as she sought a spot at the upcoming World Cup, where a new skill would be named after her if she completes it.


Diggins' dream-come-true weekend ends with third-place finish in 10K

The roar that followed Jessie Diggins around the Wirth Park course was the loudest she has ever heard, part of a day made even sweeter when an American pulled a stunning upset in the men's race.


'Wall of noise' celebrates Diggins in World Cup race on home snow

Afton native Jessie Diggins finished fourth in Saturday's World Cup freestyle sprint at Theodore Wirth Park, a cross-country skiing event she lobbied for years to bring to her home state.


Fresh snow 'a gift' for organizers of Minneapolis World Cup cross-country skiing event

The 5 inches of snow that fell on Theodore Wirth Park put a smile on countless faces, including the World Cup skiers who arrived Friday to test the courses for this weekend's races.


Everything you should know about Wirth Park's World Cup skiing courses

For the first time in more than 20 years, World Cup cross-country ski races are being held in the United States. Here's what competitors and spectators can expect to see in Minneapolis this weekend.


'The only thing I wanted': Jessie Diggins turns Olympic gold into a hometown race

This weekend, cross-country star Jessie Diggins will finally ski in a World Cup event at home after lobbying for years to bring the top professional circuit back to Minnesota. This is the story of how that happened.


When world-class cross-country skiing meets climate change

Organizers of next weekend's World Cup cross-country races at Theodore Wirth Park hoped to welcome Jessie Diggins home with a classic Minnesota winter. Instead, they've gotten record warmth and precious little snow.


Diggins wins 'exciting' final event before Minneapolis World Cup race

The Olympic gold medalist won for the fifth time this season, tying the United States record.