U.S. Makes Olympic History!
While Kid Reporter prepares to cover Olympic Games from Vancouver.
The U.S. Winter Olympic Ski Team made history this weekend. Johnny Spillane won a silver medal in the Nordic combined—the first ever medal in the event for the U.S. THE FIRST EVER!
I have been following the excitement of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on TV since the opening ceremonies on Friday night. But soon I’ll be there to cover the games in person!
I am heading to Vancouver on Saturday to report from the Games for the Scholastic Kids Press Corps. As you read my stories and watch my videos, you will be seeing the final product—the end result of months of preparation for the reporting assignment of a lifetime.
From the Sacramento, California, area to Vancouver, Canada, will be a big climate change. I have had to buy winter clothes to prepare for long stints in freezing snow.
I also wanted a better video camera, so I started saving my money to buy a shoulder held camera.
And then there’s the research. I needed to know as much as possible about the sports, the athletes, the venues, and even about the other journalists going—AND I had to come up with a plan for coverage.
Also note the whiteboard where I have organized all of the subjects I will be reporting on into a schedule. This way, I can see the plan for the day. The whiteboard will help me stay on track.
Another thing coming with me to Vancouver is my laptop. This is the connection to my editor and to you. From the laptop you see in the picture, I will be sending in both written and video reports for the web site.
My job in Vancouver is to give you an inside look into what the Olympic experience is all about. I will cover everything from international athletes to security at the Olympics. I will also provide an inside look into the host city and country.
With the videos, you will be able to see firsthand what happens behind the scenes of the Olympics and the world-wide love of this great sporting event. I will also be getting as many interviews with athletes from around the world as possible.
I look forward to reporting all I can while at the games, so stay tuned to this web site for all of my reports! You can also watch the events on NBC. Check out the listings at the NBC Olympic web site.
PHOTO: Daniel's pile of equipment, winter clothes, and research all ready for coverage of the last week of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo By Daniel Wetter)