The inclusion of unconventional sports in future Olympics is creating a new breed of aspiring medalist. Sergey Chernyshev, a break dancer known as Bumblebee, is one of them.
Andrew KehWith break dancing all but confirmed for the 2024 Olympics, I went to Voronezh, Russia, to meet a teenage dancer named Sergey Chernyshev, aka Bumblebee, whose family's story in many ways traces the global arc of breaking over the last 20 years.
Chess is omnipresent in Norway, the home to the world champion Magnus Carlsen. And, somehow, it has become cool.
Andrew KehIn Norway, people drink at chess-themed bars, listen to chess podcasts, make chess-inspired art and watch hours of chess on TV. Chess, of all things, has become omnipresent there over the last few years. Somehow, it has become cool. I went to Oslo to
How does an aspiring athlete follow in the footsteps of a famous parent? Borg, one of Sweden’s best tennis prospects, is finding out.
Andrew KehLeo Borg, 15, is an aspiring tennis player with a renowned last name. I went to Sweden and talked to his parents, Björn and Patricia, about the universal challenges of parenting, the subtle burdens of fame and the merits of following your dreams.
With Qatar next in line to host the world’s most-watched sporting event, grass and trees are sprouting in the desert and scrutiny is intensifying.
Andrew KehAcres of grass growing in the desert. An entire opulent city being built from scratch. Serious questions about human rights. How much will Qatar change for the 2022 World Cup? How much will the World Cup change for Qatar? I wrote this from Doha
The Mexican team had won its first two games in Russia but staggered on Wednesday against Sweden. Still, it advanced, thanks to Germany’s stunning loss.
Andrew KehIn Yekaterinburg, Russia, Mexican children wearing lucha lubre masks chanted, “Corea! Corea!” In Mexico City, the South Korean consul general swigged tequila outside the embassy. The World Cup is interesting. A story reported from two continents
World Cup fans are eating and drinking in the building that was home to the scheme that corrupted the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Andrew KehI watched the Russia game tonight at the site of the infamous Sochi lab at the center of the Russian doping scandal, which is now a gastro pub with doping-themed cocktails, and wrote this with the great @RebeccaRuiz
The tournament’s opening game provided a welcome distraction for Ukrainian soldiers in a war zone far away from Moscow, even though it was Russia on the field.
Andrew KehSuch an impressive story from Jere Longman, who watched the World Cup opener last night with soldiers on the front line in Avdiivka, Ukraine: "Russia went ahead by 4-0, then 5-0. The Ukrainians lobbed 120-millimeter mortar fire."
European teams and fans, detached from the fraught history that Native American imagery carries in U.S. sports, have their own ideas about what is socially acceptable.
Andrew KehI wrote about how sports teams in Europe with Native American mascots are just beginning to wrestle with the same notions of stereotyping and appropriation causing the slow disappearance of these images in the US — and how, mostly, they're resisting them