What do you do:
Where do you work:
Sports Illustrated, specialty: the Olympic Games
When did you realize you wanted to be a sports writer:
I went to the Olympics in 1984….during the opening ceremonies, I had one of those moments; a very emotional moment. After the ceremonies were over, I went to the exit and looked everything over, looked at the athletes, and just sort of said, “okay, this is going to be my career, I’m not going to miss another Olympics.” That was July 28th 1984, but whose counting. (Laughs).
Why the Olympics:
I like the energy of it and the ideal of it; the global nature of it. From a journalist’s perspective, because there are so many different sports and so many people from so many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, you never have to write the same story twice.
How would you advise others:
There are bound to be publications with limited budgets that would welcome a student who says, “I will not charge you a nickel of expense money and if you like my stories you can use them.” It’s a very appealing thing to publications that are looking after their bottom line and it’s an appealing thing for students who are interested in publishing their work.