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NBC's Coverage - 8th Medal ceremony for Phelps

Posted on: August 17, 2008 8:55 am
 
Last night I watched the 8th race that Michael Phelps was in, I watched history, as he and his teammates swam to win the Gold. The ceremony was not aired live, as they were showing a heat at the track and field venue. As soon as the heat was finished, they came on and showed the Medal Ceremony. My issue is that this was a team medley, while our National Anthem was being played, the camera focused on Michael Phelps and Michael Phelps alone. No other teammate  was shown, nor did the show the Australian team or Japan team that had won Silver or Bronze. I do not have issue with the presentation of the special award, as it seemed like the most appropriate time to do this, while everyone was still gathered there.

Honestly, I am very proud of what Phelps did, the likely hood of this happening soon is null. I am sure the producers got caught in the moment of Phelps making history. What about the other team members, Aaron Piersol, Brendan Hansen and Jason Lezak, what about their families and friends who were not in attendance at the Water Cube to see the Medal Ceremony?  They were unable to watch "their" moment as well. The spotlight was on Michael Phelps and Phelps alone. If it were not for his three teammates pushing themselves to the core in the water, he would not have won his 8th Gold Medal. It was a team event, and the team should have been focused on, period.

Congratulations to the men on the relay team for winning a Gold Medal. Congratulations to Michael Phelps for achieving something that really seemed unattainable, 8 Gold Medals in his 8 events.

NBC, get your head out of the sand and cover the events properly.
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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2008 8:10 pm
 

NBC's Coverage - 8th Medal ceremony for Phelps

was writing this blog this am, as my 5 year old was running round playing light sabre...


I can imagine that is probably a bit of a distraction.   




Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2008 6:53 pm
 

NBC's Coverage - 8th Medal ceremony for Phelps

As I recall, the track & field event wasn't a heat; it was the men's finals for the 100 meters - and the guy from Jamaica set a new world record. That was tape-delayed and had already happened.You are correct it was not a final, my mistake...was writing this blog this am, as my 5 year old was running round playing light sabre...




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2008 2:37 pm
 

NBC's Coverage - 8th Medal ceremony for Phelps

Dook,

As I recall, the track & field event wasn't a heat; it was the men's finals for the 100 meters - and the guy from Jamaica set a new world record. That was tape-delayed and had already happened.

I would agree, however, that the medal ceremony - particularly the playing of the National Anthem - should have focused more on the entire group than just Michael Phelps.

But, the media has been obsessed with Phelps from the start of the Olympics. I read something the other day with a writer talking about how other athletes were being ignored. I thought, "Hello?!?!?!?? You're the media! Stop writing about Phelps and write about these other athletes then."




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2008 10:40 am
 

NBC's Coverage - 8th Medal ceremony for Phelps

MaryLue was the darling little girl with the enchanting smile.  If I remember Spitz, he was quite articulate.  I'm sure the media can make Phelps into something appealing, but ultimately his success endorsing will have a lot to do with his personality.  Is he is a Bjorn Borg or a Jimmy Conners?  I'd guess Jimmy, but time will tell.



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2008 9:33 am
 

NBC's Coverage - 8th Medal ceremony for Phelps

Overall I'm disappointed in the bias to the US on coverage anyway.  The few times I've looked, seems like it is always the US this or that.  Olympics is a global event, and should be covered as such.  I've thought this before.  Nothing new really.

JD -

I mentioned on a thread at the beginning of the Olympics, that it would be nice to see and hear more about these "stories" from other coverage. It's not just about the US, and it shouldn't be, but perhaps they tend to focus on our countries glories more because we are in War on other countries soils, and it just seems appropriate. Me I would love to know about the trials that others had to endure just to be there. I recall during the opening ceremony, they said this countries, average annual income is $130.00 - you know that is out there, but it certainly makes you appreciate what you have more and more. Sure that $130 might be a lot in their country, but can you imagine living off that for a year, month or week even? No, I can't, shoot my son's tuition at daycare is more than that each week.

 


Phelps is the new Mark Spitz, and just watch him make a small fortune, or maybe large fortune in sponsorships in the next year or so.  NBC is helping to see to that. 

 Just as MaryLou Retton was the little darling of the '84 Olympics in LA. She began appearing everywhere endorsing this that and the other.

What an amazing feat he accomplished, and deservedly so, the endorsements will come.




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2008 9:14 am
 

NBC's Coverage - 8th Medal ceremony for Phelps

You're right Dook.  I was downstairs in the family room, and heard my wife and daughter getting excited over the start of some Olympic event.  It was the Phelps medley you described so nicely in your blog.  This is kind of how I watch the Olympics.  I don't really, but the rest of the family does, and I get a glimpse every now and then. 

As I watced the race, I was thinking it isn't really Phelps' gold anyway, but a team gold.  Being an Olympic dummy, I'm not even sure if it counts as four golds or one in the count, although I suspect one with all event participants receiving a medal.  At least that seems fair.

So, yes the entire team should have gotten equal tv time during the ceremony.... OK, Phelps just a little bit more, but to totally ignore the rest of the team was wrong.

Overall I'm disappointed in the bias to the US on coverage anyway.  The few times I've looked, seems like it is always the US this or that.  Olympics is a global event, and should be covered as such.  I've thought this before.  Nothing new really.

Phelps is the new Mark Spitz, and just watch him make a small fortune, or maybe large fortune in sponsorships in the next year or so.  NBC is helping to see to that. 

 

 

 

 



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