Athlete Profile #1: Naomi Osaka

This story is Part 1 in a series of Player Profiles that will take a more statistical (but human) look into the lives of inspirational athletes across all sports.

It has never been a surprise to the sports world that becoming internationally ranked in any capacity is an incredible feat that comes with many challenges of its own. These challenges pale in comparison to the hard work and dedication to get there. In a hot, packed stadium at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in New York City on a September afternoon in 2018, the widely unknown Japanese 20th-seed of…


There are rare occasions in which I am able to sit in front of a TV to watch a full-length sports game. This time, however, was different.

February 10, 2012. My eyes were glued to the young athlete on the New York Knicks whom rode the maverick-like wave of momentum from previous games to completely break apart the Los Angeles Lakers’ defense — a team that went on to reach the Western Semifinals. This man went on to become the story surrounding the sports world for half of a month. …

Alex Nakagawa

senior at cal. data scientist. persistent daydreamer.

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