Sport Media major Chris Lotsbom will be in London covering the Summer Olympic Games for NBC and other media outlets (including icsmmblog.com). Below, the senior shares his preparation for the upcoming experience.
By Chris Lotsbom ’13
For those of you who may not know me, my name is Chris Lotsbom and I am a rising senior Sport Media major at Ithaca College. From July 29th until August 16th, I will be in London working with NBC Sports at the Games of the XXX Olympiad, covering track and field as a logger from the Olympic Stadium.
From London, I hope to write a few journal entries for the Ithaca College Sport Management and Media blog as a way to bring the experience back home.
For many years, I have had a goal stuck in the back of my mind: to someday make it to an Olympic Games. I have been a runner for close to eight years, and have always been mesmerized by the athletes who take to the track and roads to compete on the ultimate stage every four years.
Watching the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, I knew that I likely would never come close to the times needed to be an American track and field star. But what I did have was a dream: to make it to the games in another way — as a journalist.
In the years since the 2008 Games, I have continued to write and write and write some more, submitting stories for numerous news outlets. My passion for the art of journalism began as a sophomore at Walpole High School’s The Rebellion, and I have kept that passion alive at Ithaca College.
Since January of 2010, I have been the junior editor of Race Results Weekly, an online news and results service that covers distance running and track and field. Under the tutelage of editor and publisher David Monti, I have learned the ins and outs of my favorite sport. Blessed with such an opportunity and mentor, I have been able to get to know and interview some of the biggest stars in the sport while attending the nation’s premier road races and track meets — including the 2012 Boston Marathon.
With that being said, London 2012 will certainly be the biggest and most exciting event I have ever covered. Many people have asked my expectations or how I feel, and it still hasn’t completely hit me yet.
Part of me feels like I’m about to fly to a new world, not knowing what to expect. Making the trip even more special, I will be the first of my family to visit Europe since my grandmother and grandfather did about 30 years ago.
In an odd way, I also feel like an athlete making it to the Games. I’ve “practiced’ writing and covering track and field for years, trying to perfect my style, grammar, wording, and voice like a sprinter works on his start, drive, and finish phases. Now I am one of the lucky few able to represent NBC — our country’s Olympic network — at the Games, wearing the famous logo on my sleeve like a nation’s flag.
When I step off the plane in London early Sunday morning, I will be that much closer to achieving my goal of making it to the Olympics. I look forward to bringing a piece of the journey back home to you.