The games in Rio and those right here at home are upon us.
You’ll see a new feature on the columbiamissourian.com home page. Look down the right side and you’ll see a list of latest Olympic news with a link to a full page of articles and photos from The Associated Press.
The games run Aug. 5 to 21, but there’s plenty going on already.
There’s the requisite pre-Olympic scandals; the current hot controversy involves the Russian doping and the decision whether to ban the entire team. In fact, there’s an entire category labeled doping, along with pages on Zika, water pollution and politics. Fun stuff.
When the games actually start, there also will be a daily schedule of events.
The AP has created a nice, one-stop shop for all things Olympics. We all get excited about track and field every four years, so I’m guessing this will be a popular feature.
When the flame arrives in Rio, the print edition will gear up in a big way, too: There will be at least three pages a day committed to the Olympics.
In CoMo, though, track and field and miniature golf come to us every summer. The Show-Me State Games have arrived and will continue next weekend.
I’ll be pedaling across Iowa. But if I were in town, I think I’d want to see the muzzleloading shooting events. They sound so 19th century. The masters divisions of powerlifting look interesting. (Isn’t masters a much nicer description than seniors or just plain old people?)
The Missourian isn’t exactly flush with sports reporters in the summer. In fact, all our summer reporters are on “GA,” for general assignment.
In the fall and spring semesters, when we have more students, reporters specialize in things such as education or the General Assembly or sports. But in the summer, you might cover the Boone County Fair one day and a trial the next.
I doubt we would have experts in synchronized swimming or race walking anyway.
Not a problem.
The local games are Participatory with a capital P. There’s no real pressure to record game scores or times; the participants know who won and lost.
So reporters’ marching orders were simple: Find interesting people doing interesting things and write about them.
Last year, the Missourian stories told us about two soccer teams who came from the OFL – the “Old Fart League,” a 14-year-old bowler, Noah Winkelmann, and the tennis-loving Sparks family. There were dozens of photos.
There are plenty of interesting people stories to be found, even if the medals these Missouri athletes earn don’t weigh quite as much as the 1-pounders in Rio.