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Icon Written by Alex on June 6, 2011 – 2:07 pm

Bobby Ryan is an offensive winger for the Mighty Ducks professional hockey team in Anaheim, California. He played for the United States in the 2010 Olympics, winning a silver medal. Bobby Ryan is a powerful player who — according to Brian Burke, who helped build the 2010 U.S. Olympic squad and who drafted Ryan onto the Ducks’ team — “can change a game by himself. This guy can break a game open.” Ryan also carried a secret past, starting with the fact that his name was Bobby Stevenson, not Bobby Ryan…

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LIVESTRONG.ORG: The Origin of Tetherball

Icon Written by Alex on May 29, 2011 – 11:56 am

Sometimes the articles I write are just fun. Like this one for LIVESTRONG.ORG.


Tetherball is a summer mainstay of campers, revelers, outdoor enthusiasts and fans of the movie “Napolean Dynamite.” The activity of smacking a ball tethered to a string around a pole until the string wraps itself completely around the pole while another person tries to smack the ball to wrap the rope around the pole the opposite way has a cloudy history and murky origin, however…

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LIVESTRONG.ORG Story: Why cut the soles of running shoes

Icon Written by Alex on May 7, 2011 – 12:31 pm

LIVESTRONG.ORG story I wrote on razor-siping and running shoes:

Cutting the soles of running shoes is a time-honored, old-school running habit. Runners would slice small lateral grooves into shoes they felt weren’t flexible enough for their feet. They found that making the cuts made some shoes more comfortable because doing so allowed the foot to flex more naturally as they ran on large, cushioned mid-soles. To improve traction, comfort and foot flexibility, the practice of cutting soles has gone “new school” and is being embraced today by many shoe manufacturers…

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Icon Written by Alex on May 6, 2011 – 10:47 am

Posted on, my story on Fartlek training:

Fartlek, translated from Swedish, literally means “speed play.” Fartlek was the brainchild of Swedish national coach Gosta Holmer in the 1930s. His cross-country and track runners were lagging well behind the rulers of running at the time, Finland. Holmer, desperate to find a way to make his team faster, threw away the stopwatch. He set his runners free in fields and on trails to alter their speed as they saw fit, from fast to very fast — much like under race conditions…

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