Sports

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).



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While Enes Kanter is Observing Ramadan, the World Will Be Watching Him

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.



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Sports Analytics Could Revolutionize Tennis

If used correctly, statistics could not only make the sport safer and easier to coach, but also push it into a new era, where mental fortitude is considered just as important as physical ability. Read more at ESPN.



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How I Conquered 'American Ninja Warrior'

I didn't think my first attempt on the Monkey Pegs or the Rotating Log or the Double Salmon Ladder would be during the competition. Read more at Rolling Stone