Olympic sports don’t get the coverage they deserve, especially in the USA. Even at the Olympics themselves, too many good stories go unreported. I’ve expended a lot of effort trying to rectify the situation, within the context of a major news organization and outside of one, but one person can only do so much.
At SportsMyriad, I’ve done medal projections for the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, and I rounded up some volunteers to do event-by-event coverage of the Sochi Olympics.
I’ve also found good feature stories. In 2008, I wondered how a tiny country like Iceland could be making such a big run in handball. I went out to explore and found a lively bunch of players with unusual quotes. I went back out to see then again in the semifinals and wound up meeting the president and first lady of Iceland. (Sadly, I was unable to cover the final, which they lost.)
I didn’t travel to the 2012 or 2014 Olympics, and 2016 looks unlikely. But I’d like to get back to it one of these years and do another whirlwind tour, finding and reporting good stories everywhere.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to do projections, and I’ll keep an eye out for good stories.