The Olympic Drama, Recorded

There has been a lot of negative press about NBC’s coverage of the Olympics this year. This The New Yorker story reminded me of the Wide World of Sports days, when we did not simply watch a game, we learned about the athlete, the story behind the seemingly heroic giant of the athletic stadium. We learned that they were just kids, kids like us, who were good at something; really good…and here they were on the world stage. I’m a sucker for a good story, and I love this angle on the presentation of sport. I feel on an occasion so spectacular as the Olympics, that maybe it’s ok (not in all cases, of course) to sacrifice the live broadcast to tell me about this kid’s journey, show me video of them swimming in the pool at age 5, show me the high school gym where they first trained…it’s ok to tell the story; the drama is after all, quite real. And we then may better appreciate what it means, not just to the country, but to that kid, to be there, to stand on that podium.

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 160 other followers