Growing up, I hated team sports and did gymnastics until high school and then started diving. I dove for Dartmouth until my senior year and joined an Egyptian parkour team when I moved to Cairo in 2011. One day, training on a playground outside the city, I flipped off an eight-foot ledge, over-rotated, and broke my neck. After 75 days in a plastic brace, I took my doctor's advice and retired from parkour, though I still fool around from time to time. As a grad student at the University of Iowa, I was lucky enough to get on Season 7 of "American Ninja Warrior,” and I wrote about it for Rolling Stone, which was my first published article as a freelancer. Now, I practice yoga, play squash and tennis, do CrossFit, and occasionally try to eat like a vegetarian version of the Rock, pretend I’m still a ninja, and skydive (with my mom).
Enes Kanter will be observing Ramadan this year under circumstances new to him: He’s in the middle of the N.B.A. playoffs. Read more at the New York Times.