Author Archives: Tracy J Gates

Breaking the rules of the Maah Daah Hey: how Not to mountain bike the Badlands

There are rules to mountain biking the Maah Daah Hey trail in the Badlands of North Dakota. Here are four of the most important ones. • If it’s raining, do not ride the trail. • If it rained anytime in … Continue reading

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When a road beckons… A summer of biking and books

On a recent Saturday morning bike ride in the Catskills, I got to a fork in the road and paused. To the right was the paved country road I had planned to take. It wound up through some very picturesque … Continue reading

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A Place Where Everything is Possible

Just about a week ago, I listened to a young woman give one of the most inspiring speeches I’d heard in a long time. It wasn’t full of big words or even particularly big ideas, but it came from the … Continue reading

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Last Women Standing: A Sobhy & El Sherbini Shoot Out

This article was started in a subway train and will end in a bar. Because ToC has taken its toll on more than just the players. Maybe twenty-two year old players – er, writers can burn the candle til two … Continue reading

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Rooting for Sobhy & Wishing Age Didn’t Matter Much

“I’m not out of it yet.” That isn’t a quote from any of the excellent players I watched Wednesday evening at the Tournament of Champions semi-finals. Rather, it’s from a rather poignant article in this week’s New Yorker about the … Continue reading

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Another ToC Stunner: Gohar Downs Massaro

  They bumped hips, grabbed each other’s waists, and slid by thigh to thigh. In another space in New York City, these women’s movements would be just right for late-night in a club downtown. But this was two in the … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey Blues: How to miss the best squash at ToC

Sometimes you make a bad decision. This one is a doozy. The day had started iffy to begin with. A storm had moved in to NYC in the early hours of Sunday morning and rain was pounding the skylight above … Continue reading

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