The morning before the Opening Ceremony, the Olympic torch relay came through the borough of Islington. I’ll admit that for someone who loved the Olympics, I never took much interest in the torch relay — but it just happened to be coming through the neighborhood where I was staying, so it would have been silly […]
While London 2012 was my fourth international sporting event, it was my first Olympics. This was the big leagues. Being able to peek behind the curtain of something I’ve been obsessed with since childhood was certainly enlightening, to say the least. It all happened so fast I’m still trying to take it all in, but […]
Covering the Olympics requires Olympic-level endurance. Going into London, I knew I was looking at three straight weeks of hard work, no play, and very little sleep. After all, as a mentor told me, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.” Heading into the last weekend of the Games, everyone’s tired. We’ve all been tired for […]
It’s day 11 and I’m sitting in McDonalds for the 15th or so time, eating fries because they cost 99p and I don’t have a fancy expense budget. I’ve spent the afternoon conducting an interview at Africa Village; I have a couple hours to write another story while I wait for the swim finals to […]
Greetings from London – sunny, sunny London. Seriously, I thought this place was supposed to rain something like…always? I suppose if there are going to be any days for London to hold off on the rain, the Olympics would be the most primo time to do it. So far the only time I’ve been caught […]
A recap of the four weeks I spent in Western Australia, as told through Instagram.
I don’t write often (or really at all) about my journey towards my dream career of working in international sports media — particularly, with a certain quadrennial event. This is for both personal and professional reasons; but I couldn’t let the 100 days mark go by without a mention.
I visited 25 destinations in eight countries this past year. These are my travels of 2011: from Asia to America to Australia, with lots of countries and photos in between.
Moving to France has presented me with some wonderful opportunities, so I’m setting some goals for 2012. But, since I’m being realistic, I’ve also added where difficulties lie along the way.
August 12 – Years of preparation culminated tonight in the city of Shenzhen, as the Opening Ceremony marked the official beginning of the 2011 Universiade Games.
As the first member of the accredited media to land in Shenzhen, the organizing committee wanted to provide a special welcome party. I felt bad — I’m sure what they were really hoping for was some middle-aged white European dude, looking slightly dazed and confused, NOT wearing a tank top and shorts.