THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2:30 a.m. I won’t lie. Today (yesterday?) was nuts. (And essentially only Day 1!) It started out so calmly, with the potential to be one of those “transition” days where you ease your way into covering a big event. I was penned in to write off the IOC meetings this evening after the…

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As I type this, I am two hours into a 10-hour flight from Houston to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a flight I’ve taken four times before, but for many reasons feels different this time. (Still no WiFi, though.) On those previous trips, I hadn’t yet heard of the Zika virus, Brazil showed promise of economic…

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For the past eight years and five Olympics, I’ve written a Daily Olympics Blog — a once-a-day personal journal about what it’s like to cover the Olympics. Like this blog itself, it’s been a way for me to share the stories behind the stories I write while I’m on the clock at ESPN. I started…

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Thirty years ago, Joanie Benoit Samuelson won the first Olympic women’s marathon. She did so in a time–2:24:52–that would have won 13 of the previous 20 men’s marathons at the Olympics. Tuesday was the anniversary of her gold-medal performance, and I had the opportunity to emcee an event hosted by Nike honoring Joanie at the LA…

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On the flight home from Russia, caught midway between my much-too-long-awaiting bed and the world I’d lived in for the past three weeks, I started to think about what I would miss most about covering the Olympics. I know. Miss? About covering the Olympics? It would have been easier to think of 10 things I…

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The Closing Ceremony! It’s hard to believe the final day of the Olympics is here. I won’t say the past three weeks flew by, because they very much did not. And I am so glad to be flying home tomorrow — See you Tuesday, Storybookland! — but February has gone by as quickly as any…

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When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was open a card Brittany gave me on my way to the airport. “Do not open it until February 22,” she said. Oh, I wish I hadn’t listened to her! Because inside was a card with a cardboard unicorn – who talks, by the…

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It. Is. Friday. Not Flashback Friday. Not Follow Friday. It’s going home in three days Friday! In many ways, it’s been an incredible Olympics and easier than I expected. In many ways, it’s been an exhausting Olympics that has been about as much work packed into three weeks as I can remember in this gig.…

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It seemed fitting that women’s ski halfpipe was the final freeski contest in the sport’s Olympic debut. It was the event in which Sarah Burke competed and a wonderful way to draw close to the action sports events in Sochi. It was an emotional night. I watched the contest with Sarah’s parents, Gord and Jan,…

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Every Olympics, I write this post. So I’ll spare you all reading the extended version again. It’s the one about the faceless, nameless “days” we spend covering the Games. No events on Wednesday? That feels like a Saturday. Two events on Sunday? That must be Tuesday. Every year, there comes a point where none of…

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