None of the sports I was assigned are "primetime" sports. They are rarely shown live on TV. Most are streamed live online, often without commentary. A color analyst and play-by-play guy are calling it live from a booth in Stamford, but this commentary won't be heard until the event is shown later on tv, likely in a much shorter segment.
But if an American is on the verge of winning a medal or if they simply need to fill time, my sports will occasionally be shown live on one of the myriad of channels in the NBC family. It's always surprising and exciting to see my sports on TV and to hear the analyst repeat a bit of information I gave him minutes before. It's a rare glimpse of the finished product I helped create and makes this massive operation feel more real... and then a Mongolian wrestling coach takes off his clothes.
Overall, the U.S. won 13 medals among the 6 sports I covered. Here are the highlights:
- Judo - The dominance of Kayla Harrison: No American in my sports came in with such high expectations and then exceeded them like she did en route to gold.
- Boxing - The rise of Shakur Stevenson: From his Powerade commercial to his recruitment by Floyd Mayweather to his silver medal, this is not the last we'll hear from the 19-year-old.
- Wrestling - While some big U.S. names faltered, upstart Helen Maroulis made up for it with a gold medal win over three-time Olympic Champion Saori Yoshida of Japan.
535 days until the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea