History’s best has no sneaker or yellow jersey

To begin this week’s column, I’m just going to put it right out there and ask who’s the best athlete, dare I say– ever? Whenever I think of this question, the image that first comes to mind is that of Michael Jordan, 1998, making that 10 foot jumper over a fumbling, stumbling Bryon Russell with […]

USADA … please bring out thy sacrificial lamb

As the “Greatest Celebration in Humanity” wrapped up, signifying the closing of the 2004 Olympic Games, Greek officials were no doubt breathing a collective sigh of relief that the Summer Games went off without the security meltdown that safety experts such as Tracy McGrady and Shaquille O’Neal foresaw. However, on the other side of the […]

Jacobson regroups to take third place

Eli pride was on full display during Sada Jacobson’s run toward the bronze in women’s sabre at Athens. The 21-year-old fencer added an extra touch to her pristine white uniform — socks with “YALE” embroidered on the sides. On Aug. 17, Jacobson ’06 became not only the first female Yalie, but also the first female […]

Fencer Jacobson ’06 wins Olympic bronze

The Olympics never seem to disappoint when it comes to thrilling matches and surprise results. Twenty-one-year-old Sada Jacobson ’06 experienced both on August 17, when she took the bronze medal in the sabre portion of the Olympic fencing competition. In doing so, Jacobson became the first female American fencer ever to medal at the Olympics. […]


Miranda takes time off for 2004 Olympic Games

Six years ago, as a junior at Saratoga High School in California, Patricia Miranda LAW ’08, began accompanying Stanford wrestling head coach Steve Buddy and his team during their summer training sessions. Two years later Miranda was the only female wrestler on his Division-I squad. “I honestly thought I knew what it meant to be […]

Healthy Murphy has sights on NCAA berth

No one in Ryan Murphy’s ’05 family ever played tennis. His father, who captained the Pennsylvania basketball team, provided athletic roots. But at the young age of six, Murphy’s decision to pick up a tennis racket at his family’s country club was all his own. His passion for tennis followed him from that New Jersey […]

Men’s XC splits into two squads

The men’s cross country team will once again compete this weekend without some top runners. Head coach Dan Ireland, beginning his fourth season with Yale, decided to rest standouts Lucas Meyer ’05, Casey Moriarty ’05, Josh Yelsey ’05, Mark Turner ’06 and Patrick Dantzer ’06 until the Oct. 4 Yale-Harvard meet in Cambridge. These five […]

Two sports, singular success for Driscoll ’05

To be an impact player in Division I field hockey, an athlete needs certain key qualities. Over the years, Sarah Driscoll’s ’05 die-hard competitive attitude, playmaking skills and refusal to back away from anything — including the turf — have made her into a competitive Ivy League midfielder. “The girl has more turf burn on […]

Polo alumni teams turn to bikes

Despite the weather at the Greenwich Polo Club on Saturday, the Yale polo alumni team was not discouraged and still competed — sort of. The rainy weather made for dangerous horse-riding conditions, so instead of mounting horses to play against rival Harvard alumni, the Yale polo alumni rode bikes for a bicycle polo display. Unlike […]