Nice change of pace

As a sports writer, I’ve covered it all from the recent Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center to world championship boxing at Madison Square Garden. I’ve also seen my share of dramatic high school games during my time, including a thrilling buzzer-beater in a Philadelphia Catholic League championship game between Neumann-Goretti and Roman Catholic.

I will be spending most of this week at the sports complex covering the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics. For a sports writer who loves  all the major pro leagues,  this will be a nice change of pace for me. As a young kid, I was hooked on both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. I would read the Sports Illustrated preview issues from cover to cover so I could familiarize myself with all the athletes before the competitions began.

I plan on making it the Olympic Games once or twice in my lifetime either as a reporter or a fan, as it seems for the most part, that those 16 days every other year is when the world is at peace in the spirit of competition. With China being a little too far a journey for this reporter’s taste, I will do the next best thing and cover the Olympic Trials. With just six roster spots for the women and six roster spots for the men, there is no room for error.

I have a lot to learn over these next few days, from the athletes competing to this new scoring system that resembles something that you would learn in an advanced math class. Rating performances on a scale from 1 to 10 seems so much easier, but I’ll leave that to the judges.

Thursday through Sunday, there will be live postings from the trials, including some comments from the athletes competing.


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