Hiding your inner fangirl

From Park City to Milwaukee to Sochi, I’ve interviewed at least 15 Olympic athletes and hopefuls with the utmost confidence—or so they thought.

When I found out I had this opportunity back in August, I thought I was going to totally freak out and go all out on the crazy when I finally got the chance to start interviewing real Olympians, excited squealing and all. Because, yes. I am a fangirl.

MS23(Allyson Burger at the Media Summit).

It’s not something I’m proud of, really, but sometimes we just have to embrace our flaws for our own health. However, this particular flaw made me terrified to actually interview someone for fear of looking totally unprepared and unprofessional.

So when I got to the Media Summit in September, I prepared and practiced and prepared and practiced before my first interview, with short-track speedskater Travis Jayner. Once the interview started, I realized how easy it was to keep cool, collected and confident, all while keeping fangirl in her place.

I felt silly for practicing in the mirror and being so worried about it! Most of these athletes are regular people with (way) above average talents, and they were just as excited to be interviewed by me as I was to be interviewing them. I thought that was the coolest thing ever.

I still had anxiety about interviewing people on the street for stories before my trips to Park City and Milwaukee, then after talking to Olympians and asking for their numbers and collaborating with them I felt like I could walk up and talk to Peyton Manning and totally rock that interview! OK … maybe not, but you get the point.

So even though fangirl Allyson isn’t my favorite persona, she’s a great enthusiasm booster when I need it, and she knows when to stay hidden in professional situations. Thank goodness!

Fangirls of the world, unite!

 

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