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Perspective: Body Image and Athletics

Perspective: Body Image and Athletics
We are constantly surrounded with images in the media that portray the "ideal body". Our younger generation is heavily influenced by this and it must change. Sports must push to promote body positivity in order to create a more welcoming environment.
December 11, 2020

During the holiday season when I was younger, my parents would take me to see the Nutcracker at whatever local theatre had tickets available. I would squeeze into my dress from the year before and run...

The Return of Paly Athletics

The Return of Paly Athletics
While online learning has stripped Paly of its spirit, culture, and student life, after-school practices at Paly have brought the light back onto campus. The return has not been easy. The pandemic has challenged athletes with reduced practice time and limiting restrictions, but even if cheerful shouts of encouragement are muffled by a mask and six feet of distance, the sense of joy is undeniable. Editors Note: This story was written and researched prior to Santa Clara county reentering the purple tier on Nov. 17, which prompted school officials to suspend both indoor and outdoor workouts. Hopefully our athletes can get back to training soon.
December 4, 2020

Fall sports often serve as a gateway for incoming freshmen into the Paly community, but never have they been more vital in integrating new students into school life than in 2020. Traditionally, the...

The Evolution of the Athlete-Activist

The Evolution of the Athlete-Activist
In the past, an athlete’s power to exert change as an activist was always limited by the receptiveness of their audience. Today, a rapid shift in the way we think about athletes has given a new wave of players the chance to redefine what an athlete can be.
October 14, 2020

On September 1, 2016, fans piled into the stadium as the clock approached gametime. The sound of the “Star Spangled Banner” echoed across the field as the sea of fans stood up, taking off their...

Over Before It Started

Over Before It Started
While blue chip, Olympic level athletes across the nation felt pressure to succeed at the heart of their NCAA season, prominent colleges around the nation felt financial pressures from major budget cuts due to the pandemic. COVID-19 forced professional and college sport seasons, particularly the spring of 2020, to come to a screeching halt. Many college level athletes who have spent years perfecting their game were confronted with the news that their sport had been cut indefinitely.
October 12, 2020

Katherine Sung: On July 9th, Paly alum Katherine Sung (‘20) woke up to an email relaying the news that her golf team had been cut from Dartmouth athletics. After committing in her junior year,...

Compulsion: The Complicated Intersections of Exercise and Mental Health

Compulsion: The Complicated Intersections of Exercise and Mental Health
Health. Fitness. Wellness. When defined by their participation in athletics, each of these athletes would certainly be considered physically fit. But lost in the mix is the question of mental wellbeing—and the intersection of physical health and mental health is far more complex than a workout routine.
May 27, 2020

In 2001’s Legally Blonde, a classic murder mystery—husband murdered, wife caught standing over the bloody dead body by the daughter and the pool boy—is cracked by an unlikely candidate: Elle Woods,...

On the Basis of Gender

On the Basis of Gender
Examining the role gender plays in sports.
May 23, 2020

Left foot forward. Right foot forward. While that may well be the mantra playing in 18-year-old Caster Semenya’s head as she flies furiously down the length of the track towards the finish line, the...

Training for Two

Training for Two
Hormones run amok, stomach swelling in size, and, after nine months, the birth of a new life. While pregnancy is a life-changing, celebrated process for most, female athletes are rarely able to undergo the experience free from worry. Already burdened by the expectation that they’ll quickly bounce back to their previous physical form, female athletes have also faced severe discrimination from their employers and sponsors.
May 22, 2020

It’s a sunny June morning in Sacramento, California, and Alysia Montaño bears the look of a competitor so focused on the race ahead of her that she’s immune to the effects of the heat. She’s clad...

Judges of the Game

Judges of the Game
Referee's are responsible for enforcing the rules of a certain sport, thus legitimizing them in the eyes of the fans. But the toxic environment created by difficult calls has encouraged sports legues to change the way referees operate.
April 10, 2020

Saints receiver Tommy Lee Lewis streaks down the right sideline to catch the pass that Drew Brees lofts him. Before he attempts to secure the football, he’s hit to the ground by Rams cornerback Nickell...

Play Like A Girl

Play Like A Girl
Talented women across the sports world have been breaking down systemic barriers as they join—and succeed in—the men’s leagues. However, their experiences bring to light two concerning phenomenons. These women were often promoted because they were considered too good for the female leagues, implying that as whole, female leagues are inferior to their male counterparts. Even more concerning, perhaps, is the fact that each of these women credited the men around them for their success, when in reality, it was their own drive, talent, and grit that got them to where they are today.
April 10, 2020

If you were to look down at the field during Super Bowl LIV, you would see a sea of men. But standing in front of the mass of red and gold with the Niners logo proudly on display and intently focused on...

Ballers to Scholars

Ballers to Scholars
From astounding athletes to esteemed educators, Paly teachers have been doing it all for decades. Viking sat down with collegiate-athletes-turned-Paly-teachers to learn about their experiences.
February 20, 2020

Ms. Whitson  Although Debbie Whitson is a beloved economics teacher at Palo Alto High School, she also once had a career as a Division III tennis player at Lewis and Clark College. Whitson grew...

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