I have been watching the Olympics as much as I can and I’ve realized that it doesn’t even really matter what sport I watch anymore. I am excited about the competitive nature of the games and the great stories about the athletes.
As was expected, as soon as the games started, all of the talk about small beds, unfinished hotel rooms, security, and yellow water has gone away.
A reporter asked Mike Babcock, coach of Team Canada’s hockey team, about how strange it was that his three goalies had to share a room. His response, “Why is that an issue? Have three goalies never shared a room before? You guys are making something out of nothing.”
The bottom line is that most athletes are so happy to compete for their country and are so honoured to be at the Olympics, that sleeping conditions are not even as issue.
It seems that the quality of reporting in many cases has been reduced. Maybe reporters are becoming obsolete. Maybe there are so many media people that there are bound to be bad ones. Certainly the ones who make something out of nothing would fall into that category.
In a world of social media and instant information, there is less importance on the media insiders to tell us the story. I would rather hear it directly from the source.
Those media people who will survive will be the ones who can cut through all of the useless information and give us a unique perspective. All others will never be heard from again.