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IC Goes to the Olympics

Written by Meredith Farley

Ithaca College students made it to the Olympics. In fact, 44 IC students are involved in the Olympic Games. A group of 11 Park students are interning with NBC Sports in China, and 21 students from the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP) are interning with the Olympic News Service (ONS) in Beijing.

IC students had an edge when it came to participating in the games: Only seven other colleges in the country are sending students to participate in either the ONS or NBC Sports, and IC is the only college that has sent students through both programs.

“Imagine traveling to China, living in the Olympic Media Village, working with the most accomplished journalists in the profession, and spending six weeks in a community of the most extraordinary athletes in the world," says Dianne Lynch, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

HSHP students took a one-credit course spread over five weekends this February to prepare them for the games. The course walked them through ONS’s rigorous interview-process and taught students the basics of the sports they would be covering in Beijing - fencing, handball, and water polo. They also worked on post-event interviewing skills and guided students’ research and understanding of the sensitive issues surrounding the Olympics this year.

Students left for Beijing on July 6 and will return to the United States on August 27. While in Beijing the students will cover Olympic events, give background on information on athletes and competitions, and create flash quotes for the international press.

Park students are also working for NBC at their headquarters in NYC.  Almost 150 students applied for the program and 85 were interviewed before the final 12 for New York and the final 11 for Beijing were chosen.



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