Media Summit yields more than 100 interviews
A common question we would ask is, what does wearing the red, white and blue and representing your country mean to you? It was incredible hearing all the different answers. Responses ranged from “it’s pretty cool” and “it’s an honor” to having the athlete nearly in tears.
Often we were able to quickly research the athlete when they walked in the room and find an interesting angle for our story.
For example, Wallace Spearmon is the U.S.’s top runner in the 200 and has beaten Usain Bolt. But what we were able to dig up was that in 2008 he won a bronze medal only to moments later have it taken away due to being disqualified for stepping out of his lane. As you can imagine, even four years later, he still is emotional about it.
We also found stories of a swimmer who had heart surgery and was forced to keep a defibrillator on site whenever she swam because doctors said her heart could give out at any time.
We heard stories of athletes growing up in poverty to make it, stories of athletes who were caught in drug scandals and have turned their lives around, stories of Paralympic athletes who lost limbs in the military and still compete at the highest levels of their sports.
It was an incredible process over the three days that saw us interview more than 100 athletes. Some personal highlights, of course, were the big names like Nastia Luikin, Maya Moore, Wallace Spearmon and, my personal favorite, Alex Morgan (guys reading won’t be asking follow-up questions as to why she was my favorite interview).
Coming to Dallas I was a bit apprehensive that I didn’t have enough material for London. Now we have so much material and so many story possibilities that we’re going to have to cut out some very good stories.
Be on the lookout for these interviews on the website.
Pat Boylan | Sports Reporter
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