Episode 4: Alyssa Roenigk on Taking Risks & Trying New Things

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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.

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Follow Alyssa:

  • You can see more of Alyssa's work on her website and read the unique content on her blog!

  • Or check our her adventures on Instagram as they unfold!

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."