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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 ...

The real “hurt girls” problem? Wounded warrior culture that says “play through it.”

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

By Sarah Odell If women play sports, they will get hurt. This is a seemingly innocuous statement, but it’s one that draws strong reactions because it derives many connotations and reactions, especially given the number of high profile articles and books published recently regarding the injury rates of females in sport. ...