February 13, 2006
At the Oval Lingotto with friends Greg and Steve.
MY GLOBAL NETWORK
Over two hundred national delegations participated in
Athens in 2004. Eighty national delegations are here in Torino.
And as I look around the Research Room, I realize that I have a pretty outstanding
global network of my own, each with specific contributions that they make
to getting us through the Olympic fortnight. There’s the one I consider
to be my Aussie sidekick, whom I first worked with in Sydney in 2000: his
head is an Olympic encyclopedia and his comedic timing is most definitely
of the Southern Hemisphere. In Sydney, he was our “local” but we liked
him so much he’s still with us (and you can check out his own Olympic thoughts
on http://blogs.smh.com.au/pistetake/). Then there’s the globetrotter
– she speaks five languages, knows everyone, and throws me a postcard in the
off-Olympic season from an exotic location just so I know she’s still living
la dolce vita. We’ve done five Olympics together – a very special bond
to have. There’s the Austrian skiing expert, who is so funny in English
I cannot imagine how funny he is in his native tongue. There’s the
one I like to shop with in whatever city we’re living in at the time, and
who I send much of my academic writing to before I submit it for publication
– I trust her judgment implicitly (and she has the greatest laugh).
The list goes on and on: the professional researcher; the freelance
writer; the one who knows something about everything; and the one who knows
only her sport, but knows it so well that she is invaluable. The proper
English gentleman. The one who knows how to speak Swedish and Russian
and Norwegian, and understands the most complicated and obscure sports.
Some of these people I have never seen outside of the International Broadcast
Center. Others I have explored cities with, sampled a range of foods,
and laughed with an awful lot. And a few, who also live in New York,
have become close, close friends. But right now, with the Olympics swirling
around us, we work together with a range of strengths, and after the cauldron’s
flame goes out and the Olympics rest for a while, some of us stay in touch,
and others of us don’t. But we know we’ll be seeing each other again.
H A V E A Q
U E S T I O N F O R D R . B A S S
D U R I N G T H E W I N T E R G A M E S ?
C L I C K H E R E
be posting the questions and answers
on the CNR
At The Winter Games website!
m o r e
Be sure to check back often for Dr. Amy
Bass's updates to her
Online CNR Winter Olympic Games Diary.
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