ESPN’s Olympic Athlete Describes her Tryout with the US National Team

ESPN’s “Olympic Athlete,” Kathryne Bertine, writes about her experience this past August trying out for the US Women’s National Team Handball squad. Bertine is a former figure skater, rower, and triathlete who’s always had Olympic dreams and has been hired by ESPN to chronicle her attempts to try and find a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team.

The premise behind the writing assignment as highlighted at “Maybe you can identify with this. Some editors were sitting around watching the two-man luge event during the 2006 Winter Olympics. "Hey, I could do that," one of us said. "Anybody halfway athletic could do that." At that moment, an idea was born: What would happen if a better-than-average-but-not-great athlete, who also happened to be able to write, tried to make the U.S. Olympic team in the Summer Games' equivalent of the two-man luge?”

Her article is easily the most detailed and lengthy piece on Team Handball I have ever read from a main stream US news outlet. Bertrine didn’t make the team, but she gives a pretty good description of the sport and the trials and tribulations of the athletes on the US Women’s National Team.

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