February 10, 2010
It's surprising it's here already.
As I'm getting ready to head to Vancouver, British Columbia, I think it's important to look back.
I've wanted to be a sports writer since I was 12. I had a pretty good idea before I even hit double-digits on the age scale that I'd never be the centerfielder for the New York Yankees. Nevertheless, the most important day for me was when the MLB All-Star Game was held at Coors Field in Denver. I ventured downtown by myself, and with my ticket in hand I got lost among the tall buildings and fast pace.
Of course, to a kid from Leadville, Denver can be pretty intimidating.
I hit a gold mine, however. I spotted a bus with a bunch of guys in khaki shorts and Hawaiian shirts loading onto it. I asked if they knew where Coors Field was. They told me to get on the bus. It turns out they were all sports writers on their way to cover the game.
I asked question after question, and each of them told me the Winter Olympics was their favorite event to cover.
As my own career as a sports journalist has continued, every mentor and fellow sports journalist I know has said the same thing.
So, to say I'm excited about the next three weeks would be an understatement. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Thanks for reading, and remember to keep those tips up.