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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Evan Morgenstein

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Media Services on

Sports agent Evan Morgenstein is used to the comparisons to Tom Cruise's character in "Jerry Maguire." But he says that Jeremy Pivens' portrayal of uber-agent Ari Gold in "Entourage" was more true to life, because Gold ticked more people off. "I'm a little bit like them," says Morgenstein, 46. "But I'm taller and have more clients." The CEO and president of PMG Sports, which handles the careers of Olympians Dara Torres, gymnast Nastia Liukin and former decathlon champ turned reality TV star Bruce Jenner, will also be covering the Olympic Games in London this summer as an analyst for FOX Sports. Morgenstein lives in North Carolina with his wife and children.

Q. Of all the places you've been, which city seemed to have the most athletic population?

A. Barcelona, Spain. Everybody seemed to be young, beautiful and in great shape from being at the beach all day playing volleyball or swimming. You really had to go long and far to find an unfit person.

Q. On the road, are you an adventurous eater?

A. I love Andrew Zimmern and his show, but I'm not as adventurous as he is. I'm not going to eat a grasshopper. But I'll try just about anything, as long as it's not alive and moving. I'm fine with eating sweetbreads and eclectic things. Shame on you if you don't learn from your travels and experience things you wouldn't have in your own community. I had my first taste of octopus in Athens. It was grilled with a little lemon on it and it was delicious.

Q. When you go away, do you tune out work?

A. Not really. I've gone to Turks and Caicos and returned emails while I was in the water. I've been in the Caymans getting a massage and I was tweeting. It's impossible for me to shut down. I'll be at a dude ranch texting while I'm sitting on a horse. Sometimes I don't look forward to vacations, because I've always had to work while I've been away in beautiful places.

Q. Where will you go on your next family vacation?

A. Most likely London in December. I'll be working during the Olympics, so I won't bring my family then. But I'll take them when there's more time to have fun.

Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?


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