DOB Days 15-17: Go Team!
Last night, one of my colleagues told me a story that disturbed me almost as much as whatever the hell is going on with Ryan Lochte. He was taking a jam-packed, 30-minutes-late bus back to the media center after another late night at track, and he noticed an empty seat. When he tried to sit in the seat, he realized…Read More
DOB Day 14: Processing It All
A few days ago, I interviewed U.S. field hockey captain Lauren Crandall after her team’s first loss of these Olympics. I asked her if, considering all she’d just told me about how she and her teammates had re-committed themselves to the team — they even relocated the program from Chula Vista, Calif., to Amish Country in Lancaster,…Read More
DOB Day 11-13: About A Blog
DOB Days 11-13: About A Blog I was doing so well! And then Saturday night, as I sat to write a story on the U.S. women’s field hockey team, my computer went black. No warning, just died. I’m finishing out the Games on a loaner PC – remember those?! – but I’ve lost all my…Read More
DOB Day 10: Questions Only
Today was a long one. I’ve verified this fact by looking at my watch (it’s 3:20 a.m. and I just turned in my final story of the day) and its daily step counter (15,000+, a new Olympic record). I attended a track press conference, wrote about Oregon Ducks wide receiver Devon Allen, who is competing…Read More
DOB Day 9: Extra! Extra!
Enough rambling from me already, right?! This (Wednesday) evening, I took a few minutes to compile a few of the Brazillion great stories from some of the best writers in the business, all of whom are here in Rio and I am lucky enough to call my colleagues and friends. Read these stories, marvel at…Read More
DOB Day 8: The Best Ever
In my 20s, my friends often teased me for a three-word saying they believed I overused. “Is it really, Alyssa?” they’d ask. “Is it really ‘the best ever’?” Maybe it was my youthful optimism or a post-cheerleader positivity that had yet to wear off (be beaten out of me), but I uttered those words with conviction. I truly…Read More
DOB Day 7: Righting (Writing?) My Brain
Instead of my typical middle-of-the-night entry, I’m writing this one first thing in the morning (on Tuesday) but still reporting on yesterday’s experience. I’m sure this won’t be the last time I do so. These are late nights … and it takes me a good half hour before bed to get the makeup off my face.…Read More
DOB Day 6: Sometimes You Eat the Bear …
… Sometimes the bear eats you. My dad loves that saying, and he’d tell you he was on to it well before Sam Elliott uttered it in a thick cowboy drawl in The Big Lebowski. As a kid, I never quite understood what it meant. I’d never known anyone to eat a bear. That phrase popped into…Read More
DOB Day 5: Skating Through My Day
I don’t know why I’m so tired tonight. Thinking back over my day … I did an interview, some writing and recorded a video piece. On paper, that does not sound all that tiring. But wait … 8 am – wake up (surprisingly tiring act this morning) 9 am – head out to meet my producer,…Read More
DOB Day 4: Opening Ceremonies. Done.
Last May, I came to Brazil to shadow surfer John John Florence and his film crew on the final surf trip for his much-awaited film, View From a Blue Moon. It was a special week. On that trip, I met a new friend, Rosaldo, who is a journalist and surfer and knows everyone from the local jiu…Read More