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Post College Sport: Join an athletic board (and here’s why)

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

By Sarah Odell Just a few months ago, it was hard to think of a time when I wouldn’t be going to school -- and wouldn’t have a two-hour practice built into my day. But that time has come. I’ve graduated from college, landed my dream job at Harper Collins publishers ...

Talking Doubles Squash with the Tippetts! (Mind-reading, sister competition, and sharing whites)

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1297" align="aligncenter" width="544" caption="The Tippett Sisters: Narelle and Natarsha"][/caption] By Sarah Odell This weekend, the Under 25 Doubles Championship takes place in Greenwich, Connecticut. Just yesterday I learned that there may not be enough women to make a draw. I have seen first hand the trend that US Squash is worried ...

Youth may bring it, but sometimes age (and experience) crushes

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

By Sarah Odell In sports, there is always some arrogance on the side of youth. When an athlete of twenty-two faces an athlete of forty or fifty, one assumes the younger player will win—he or she must be stronger, fitter, faster. This notion is completely false -- and I learned it ...

Is that SQUASH in Grand Central? Yep (just part of ‘squash week’ in NYC)

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_988" align="aligncenter" width="346" caption="Tournament of Champions in Grand Central this week"][/caption] By Sarah Odell Anyone striding through Grand Central Terminal this week could be excused for looking up from their Blackberries and iPhones and thinking they had accidentally zig-zagged west to Madison Square Garden (OK, not really, but…) It’s not everyday that ...

Top pro squash player on match prep, the fallacy of burnout — and why a bikini calendar

Monday, January 4th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_889" align="aligncenter" width="830" caption="Grainger bests Alison Waters in the finals of the Burning River Classic in Cleveland, Feb. 2009"][/caption] By Sarah Odell What happens when you cross a genetic pre-disposition with an environment crafted for squash excellence? Answer: Natalie Grainger, one of the top women's squash players in the world (she’s ...

Lessons, some victories, and fresh worry: Is there life after college sports?

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_723" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Odell (in blue)"][/caption] By Sarah Odell The other day, the Wellesley College Squash Team -- my team -- opened the 2009 season at home against Smith College. This is my last home opener. As a senior, who has spent four years holding the number one spot at Wellesley, ...

Pro Squash Player Suzie Pierrepont Talks Passion, Tournaments, and — yep — Women’s (Lower) Pay

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

By Sarah Odell I met professional squash player Suzie Pierrepont last spring at the U25 National Doubles Tournament at the Field Club of Greenwich, CT. Suzie, a 23-year-old Brit, is ranked 25th in the world and is now based in the U.S. at the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y.  While US ...

Maccabiah Update: USA Women’s Squash Takes Team Silver

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

[caption id="attachment_280" align="alignnone" width="163" caption="From the opening ceremonies"] Sarah Odell, Team USA Sarah Odell has been competing in Israel as a member of the US Squash Team at the Maccabiah Games, where 7,000 athletes from 60 countries are competing for medals and bonding over their common Jewish heritage. ...

Countdown to Competition: The Maccabiah Games (and fears about heat-induced super-bouncy squash balls)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

[caption id="attachment_226" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Sarah Odell (in blue) practices for Maccabiah Games "][/caption] By Sarah Odell Tomorrow I leave with members of the U.S. men’s and women’s squash teams to compete in the Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv. The Games –- would you believe the third-largest sporting event in the world? -- happen ...

Jeanne Blasberg, chair of US Squash, on growing the women’s game, courting the post-college crowd, and amping up your game as you age (seriously)

Monday, May 4th, 2009

By Sarah Odell [caption id="attachment_66" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="US Squash board chair Jeanne Blasberg"][/caption] Jeanne Blasberg is Board Chair, of U.S. Squash and plays at state and national levels. Recently, she has been kind enough to teach my friend Ashley and I the game of doubles squash, which is all together different from ...