Cycling and Philosophy with James Hibbard

The Art of Cycling by James Hibbard, a book about cycling and philosophy

A former professional cyclist, James Hamilton Hibbard studied philosophy at The University of California, Santa Cruz and DePaul University. He has received grants and been selected for workshops by PEN America and Tin House. He is the author of the book The Art of Cycling: Philosophy, Meaning, and a Life … Read more

The White Sox, Coded Language & Mental Toughness in Baseball

Jake Burger and Yoán Moncada, part of an example of coded language and mental toughness in baseball

For over a decade, I have maintained a website covering various topics related to sports without writing a word about my favorite team in sports. I have been a Chicago White Sox fan for as long as I can remember. My parents told me I learned to read in part … Read more

Health, Sports and Climate Change

Health, Sports and Climate Change

In 2015, the World Health Organization deemed climate change “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.” Unchecked global warming will lead to extreme heat, increased flooding, food and water scarcity and more prevalent disease. It will also impact countless other aspects of our daily lives, including sports … Read more

Ice Dancing, Artificial Snow and Other Thoughts on the Winter Olympics

Ice dancing gold medalists Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron perform a non-overhead lift

Figure skating, ice dancing, bobsledding and fake snow take center stage as I look at a variety of topics related to the recent Winter Olympics. The 2022 Winter Olympics wrapped up nine days ago, concluding a global sporting event often overshadowed by issues beyond sports. An ongoing global pandemic, the … Read more

The Characteristics of a Sport

The inclusion of breakdancing as an Olympic event prompts an examination of the characteristics of a sport.

Earlier this year, the International Olympic Committee announced that the 2024 Summer Olympics will feature breakdancing as an event. In light of this news, it’s time to once again examine the characteristics of a sport. A Working Definition In a previous article, “What Is a Sport?,” I proposed two essential … Read more

Caster Semenya and the Practice of Judging Female Athletes

Kenneth "Flex" Wheeler and Francisco Goya's La Maja Desnuda, so-called standards for judging male and female athletes

In early May, The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled in favor of new regulations proposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). These rules would prevent female athletes who are 46 XY DSD (i.e. have an X and a Y chromosome and differences in sexual development) from competing as … Read more

Caster Semenya and Differences in Sexual Development

Caster Semenya, an athlete with presumed differences in sexual development, at the 2012 Olympics

One month ago, The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled in favor of new regulations proposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). These rules would prevent athletes with differences in sexual development (DSD) from competing as females if their testosterone levels do not fall within a certain … Read more

How Sports Teach Us to Disagree

How Sports Teach Us to Disagree

In the midst of this holiday season, I want to take a moment to reflect on what has become for many people a holiday tradition: arguing about politics, religion, the state of the world and any other hot-button issue at the dinner table. Maybe you already had a knock-down, drag-out … Read more

Finding Feyisa Lilesa – Part 2: The Marathon Continues

Olympic marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa greets his wife, daughter and son in Miami

In August 2016, Feyisa Lilesa won Olympic glory in the marathon. His next challenge: keep himself and his family alive and safe in the face of Ethiopian ethnic purges. Part 1: The Oromo Part 2: The Marathon Continues After three weeks in a Rio de Janeiro hotel following the 2016 … Read more