“Virtualizing” the Olympic Games
Jan20

“Virtualizing” the Olympic Games

by: Hayli Goode / BSU at the Games Placing their pens and cameras on the ground, they stepped up to a ski chair sitting inside the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation. A metal bar went across their laps, like they just stepped onto a roller coaster. They stared straight ahead at a blank screen. Suddenly the sounds of mechanical bearings whirred and moved. The chair started shaking and on the screen popped up an image of a mountain. They...

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Scoring gold medal tickets
Aug12

Scoring gold medal tickets

Soccer, a popular sport around the world, generally doesn’t peak my interest. But it was the Olympic Games. It’s Team USA and Canada with each team vying for a spot in the gold medal match. The conclusion to this particular match, one of the few matches I’ve watched from start to finish, was unreal. Every time Canada scored, the U.S. came right back to even the contest. The same was true when the U.S. scored. Canada wouldn’t go away....

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I got more exercise than expected while watching the women’s triathlon
Aug08

I got more exercise than expected while watching the women’s triathlon

For a second while I was watching the Olympic women’s triathlon, I thought I was in a race myself. As my group of BSU at the Games members stood around Serpentine Lake, surrounded by thousands of people watching the triathletes furiously swim in front of us, some fans around us began to turn around. They started pushing through the massive crowd of people until they reached a clearing, and then it was a full-on sprint to the other...

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My Olympic moment: a long wait, the rings and … wow
Aug06

My Olympic moment: a long wait, the rings and … wow

As I walked out of Westfield Shopping Centre near the grounds of Olympic Park, I was awestruck by the view. The biggest set of Olympic rings I’d ever seen were right in front of me, plastered on the northeast wall of the Aquatics Centre. There were countless fences and security tents to get through before I reached the massive building, but the sheer size of it made it look close enough to touch. Unfortunately, the whole scene was...

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You don’t need tickets to watch the Games in good company
Aug06

You don’t need tickets to watch the Games in good company

With no tickets to an Olympic event or even to the Olympic Park, I assumed that I would just be watching the Games from the comfort of my own flat. Well, you know what they say about those who assume… I was wrong. Many parks in downtown London are projecting the Olympic events on multiple 20-foot screens, Hyde Park included. They are airing the same BBC channels that I could watch in my flat, but somehow being outside with a crowd...

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25 minutes for 5 quid—money well spent
Aug04

25 minutes for 5 quid—money well spent

After a confusing and frustrating run-around by the Olympic staff, I was finally about to see a field-hockey game in one of the arenas. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do today when I woke up. I knew a couple of the other reporters wanted to go to the Olympic Park to check out the media press center and wander around to find stories. I couldn’t wait to walk around though, so I broke off from the group to find my own adventure. This...

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