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Olympian Alexis Sablone ’16 will be the new head coach for the United States women’s skateboarding team in the upcoming Olympic Games, reports Michelle Bruton for Forbes. Sablone “has one of the most decorated careers of any female street skater, with seven X games medals and a 2015 World Skateboarding Championship,” writes Bruton.

New York Times

Alexis Sablone ’16, a professional skateboarded who competed in the 2021 Olympics, speaks with New York Times reporter Allie Conti about how she spends a typical Sunday in New York, “where she currently builds public art projects and furniture. And skates. A lot.”

National Public Radio (NPR)

NPR’s Mandalit Del Barco spotlights alumna Alexia Sablone M. Arch ’16, who is competing in street skateboarding at this year’s Olympics. Sablone notes that skateboarding has always been about self-expression, creativity and style, not winning medals. "At the end of the day, it's still skateboarding, but there's the nostalgic younger part of me that kind of wants to rebel against this new format of skateboarding," says Sablone. "The thought that people will grow up skateboarding in the future with an Olympic gold medal in mind is so foreign to me, you know?"

The Washington Post

Alexis Sablone M. Arch ’16 speaks with Washington Post reporter Les Carpenter about street skateboarding, competing at this year’s Olympic Games, and why she is uncomfortable with being defined. “To me, I’m just always like trying to be myself and do things that I love to do and not try to fit into these categories in ways that I don’t feel comfortable with,” says Sablone.


In a post for BetaBoston, Senior Lecturer Steven Spear urges the Boston 2024 committee to use videos and other representations to demonstrate what it would be like to host the Olympics: “Such simulations could help give people a sense of what something that occurs on the scale of the Games will look and feel like in practice.”

Boston Globe

Professor Andrew Lo and MIT alumnus Tom Rutledge write for The Boston Globe about the benefits that Boston’s colleges and universities could bring to a potential Olympic bid.  “The convergence of a great urban undertaking, a gathering of global elites, and Greater Boston’s amazing universities has truly Olympic potential to enrich the lives of people around the world,” Lo and Rutledge write.