About our guest:
Alyssa Roenigk is a senior writer at ESPN where she writes for ESPN The Magazine, espnW and ESPN.com. She also appears on air for SportsCenter, Outside the Lines and formerly as a reporter and host for X Games broadcasts, rallycross, & World of X-Games.
You might have seen her recent cover story on snowboard gold medalist Chloe Kim, or her coverage of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang or Wimbledon last month – and, most importantly (to Kristi), she was born in Pittsburgh, wrapped in a Terrible Towel and handed to her parents.
The Progress Principle - Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work
Alyssa's first time split-boarding as she covered Jeremy Jones
Kid Fearless - Alyssa shares Chloe Kim's story
Gus Kenworthy on Coming Out
First Nepali Women to Climb the Seven Summits
Uncalculated Risks - Biker & Amy Sherlock's story of CTE
You know those people that you meet and you think "is this really your life?!" Alyssa is one of those people. A self-professed storyteller, Alyssa has spent her life learning to hone her curiosity and talkative nature into a successful career. It all started in elementary school with reading the morning announcements to help redirect those tendencies...
Alyssa has gone on to have a prolific career as sports writer & broadcaster for ESPN. Not only does she cover traditional ball sports, she has carved out a niche in the outdoor adventure and action sports realms. Think X-Games: skateboarding, snowboarding, freeskiing and ski-mountaineering. She's also been to seven Olympics covering both summer & winter sports.
In this episode you'll learn:
How to better yourself through failures
The value of broadening your perspective
How Alyssa got on the phone with Noam Chomsky & Bear Grylls
The real reason for the "X" in X-Games
How she learned to ask for what she wants
Why Alyssa doesn't want (or need) a special place to write
"I still live in a world with mean teacher's with a red pen - they're called editors."
"You're not your work."
"As long as I fail a little better next time, I'm moving in the right direction."
"It's the greatest privilege to tell someone's story."
"I used to think, I have to tell the ULTIMATE TRUTH about this person. And what I realized is there's no such thing."
"An adventure doesn't need to be climbing a mountain. An adventure can be anything!"
"Success is putting more light into the world than I take from it."