Veteran sports science journalist Mark McClusky ‘94 to present Carleton convocation

April 4, 2016

Veteran sports science journalist Mark McClusky, Carleton Class of 1994, will present Carleton’s weekly convocation address on Friday, April 8 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. A former writer for Sports Illustrated, McClusky is now head of product and business development at WIRED magazine. A highly regarded journalist, McClusky will present “Faster, Higher, Stronger: Lessons from the Elite Athletic World.”

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McClusky is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science is Creating a New Generation of Super-Athletes and What We Can Learn from Them” (Avery, 2014). The book takes readers behind the scenes with a new generation of athletes, coaches, and scientists whose accomplishments are changing our understanding of human physical achievement and completely redefining the limits of the human body. Publishers Weekly called the book “an eye-opening account of sports science [that] shatters outmoded training myths and heralds a revolutionary new terrain, in which the combination of high-tech methods and scientific breakthroughs designed will give the sports fan something wondrous to watch.”

Gretchen Reynolds, author of “The First 20 Minutes,” wrote, “Faster, Higher, Stronger is one of the most lucid and entertaining books I've read about sports science and how it is making better, faster, stronger athletes. More important, though, Mark McClusky clearly explains why this science matters to the rest of us and how we can use it in our lives. A smart and important book.”

As a sports journalist, McClusky has covered three Olympics, the World Series, and countless other sporting events.  He was one of the founding editors of the Sports Illustrated website, and was a staffer on SI Daily, the magazine’s daily edition at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. McClusky was also a member of the cutting-edge baseball analytics collective Baseball Prospectus, and was a contributor to several of its bestselling books.  He has made a wide variety of media appearances, including television appearances on TodayNBC Nightly News, PBS NewsHour, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, and G4′s Attack of the Show. He’s appeared on many NPR shows including Morning EditionScience FridayTalk of the Nation, as well as Here and Now and Good Food

McClusky earned a BA in English and media studies from Carleton College in 1994. He currently resides in California. More at

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Office of College Communications. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at First and College Streets in Northfield.