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Philip Hersh

Columnist Chicago TribuneWriter

Philip Hersh, the former Olympic specialist for Tribune Co., covered 17 Olympics and reported from some 50 countries in 30 years with the Chicago Tribune. He likes to use sport as a way to write about the culture of a country or an athlete. Hersh graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts in French literature. His passions include chamber music, road cycling (takes no PEDs except Advil) and Dr. Siri mysteries.  

Recent Articles

  • Jason Brown wins U.S. figure skating championship

    Jason Brown wins U.S. figure skating championship

    From the moment four years ago at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that Jason Brown first showed impressive potential, he talked about following the example of another skater from suburban Chicago. Sunday, he joined Evan Lysacek as a national champion by emulating what impressed Brown most...

  • Ashley Wagner back on top in U.S. women's figure skating

    Ashley Wagner back on top in U.S. women's figure skating

    Hot rivalry between Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold in U.S. women's figure skating? Not Saturday night. Not with the peerless performance Wagner delivered to win her third national title in the last four years, one that gave her an in-your-face feeling when expressed with characteristic feistiness...

  • Jason Brown dazzles crowd again in short program

    Jason Brown dazzles crowd again in short program

    It was in this arena at the U.S. Championships four years ago that Jason Brown first showed the appeal that made him a crowd favorite well before he became one of the top figure skaters in the country. Then just 16, his artistically stunning free skate had the audience standing to applaud before...

  • Ashley Wagner bounces back after poor showing last year

    Ashley Wagner bounces back after poor showing last year

    She staggered onto the 2014 Olympic team, justifiably earning a place under rules that allowed selection as something of a career achievement award. Her performance in Sochi would be remembered less for its quality or finish — seventh — than the look of utter disgust over her scores as the U.S....

  • Skater Polina Edmunds has revised goals as U.S. championships arrive

    Skater Polina Edmunds has revised goals as U.S. championships arrive

    Polina Edmunds had no time to grow into becoming both the future and present of U.S. women's figure skating, since that all happened all in one fell swoop. Then she had to deal with growing out of the body that carried her to the top so fast. It is no wonder that the physical changes that befall...

  • Chicago Marathon: Jeptoo defends women's title; Kipchoge top man

    Chicago Marathon: Jeptoo defends women's title; Kipchoge top man

    Eliud Kipchoge didn’t hesitate to press his advantage over Kenenisa Bekele in the news conference before Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon.“I have more experience,” Kipchoge said.And Kipchoge used it to drop first Bekele and then everyone else, as he won the race in 2 hours, 4 minutes,...

  • In soccer, 'stoppage time' can lead to confusion and controversy

    In soccer, 'stoppage time' can lead to confusion and controversy

    When John Brooks scored the goal that would give the United States a 2-1 victory over Ghana in its World Cup opener Monday, his teammates knew the end was near. Exactly how near was the question. Because there was no scoreboard clock in the stadium in Natal, Brazil, several U.S. players said after...

  • Michael Phelps plans return to competitive swimming

    Michael Phelps plans return to competitive swimming

    The 22-time Olympic medalist, who has not competed since the 2012 London Games, is expected to take part in the Arena Grand Prix on April 24-26 in Mesa, Ariz.

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