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Top of the Rock

Madhu Ramkumar and David Gormley May 8, 2021

With her hands white from chalk and feet crammed into climbing shoes, Tara He (‘22) looks up towards the rocky terrain she is about to scale, visualizing her plan of attack. As she starts to climb, her...

A Broke(n) Game

A Broke(n) Game

David Gormley, Roei Ziv, Greg Laursen, Staff Writers March 1, 2021

Why do professional athletes, some of the highest-paid people in the world, disproportionately go bankrupt? It’s easy to look at players who have made extravagant or frivolous purchases and dismiss...

Athletes training in the fall of 2020, prior to Santa Clara county re-entering the purple tier.

Editorial: Let athletes compete in CCS

February 11, 2021

In March of 2020, as lockdowns put an end to many high school seniors' spring sports seasons, athletes from the class of 2020 expressed their disappointment in losing out on their last hurrah of high school...

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.
David Gormley, Anika Chang, Hailey Beck, and Liam Nagesh 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.

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.

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.
Ya'el Sarig and Sofia Bliss-Carrascosa 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.

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.

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...

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