Cricket Fans Believe 20/20 Cricket Has a Place in the Olympics

Colin Brown and Danny Medlock talk to the Cricket community about Cricket making a possible return to the Olympics.

Cricket is a bat and ball game originating in the south of England in the 16th century. It has not been played in the Olympics for over a century despite the International Cricket Council being made up of 106 member nations. The IOC has seen the popularity of cricket and invited the ICC to apply for a bid in the Summer Olympics. In addition to international cricket, county cricket is played in England. Middlesex Cricket Club (our hosts) play their home games at the birthplace of cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground but have temporarily moved their home games to the Uxbridge Cricket Club as Lord’s is the current home of Olympic archery.

Gabby Douglas hopes her gold medal inspires others

Sixteen year old Gabrielle Douglas earned the gold medal at the women’s gymnastics individual finals Aug. 2.

At a press conference on Thursday, she talked about being the first African American to win gold individually in women’s gymnastics.

“This quote you see ‘inspire a generation’ so, you know, I can check that off my bucket list,” she said.

Although she has already made history in her first Olympics, she looks up to the other athletes who have been around for many games.

“The swimmers are like, ‘OK when you’re, you know, done with your competition you guys can come over and sit with us,’ and we’re just like in awe,” she said.

All in all, it’s not about the fame for her but about being a role model for others and keeping her fans happy.

“I love the crowd; it definitely motivates me to do better greater things,” she said. “I’m going to put on a great show for them.”

Scripps finds out Diana Taurasi and Sylvia Fowles’ likes and dislikes

Team USA women’s basketball is known for its unrelenting ability to be No. 1 in the world for four Olympics in a row now.

The players are known for their dominating talent on the court and also for their ability to play as a team as if they had been one for years. What most people don’t know, however, is the more personal side of the players, their likes and dislikes.

Three time Olympic gold medalist Diana Taurasi and 2008 Beijing gold medalist Sylvia Fowles discuss their favorite meals, music, movies and more after their practice at the University of East London.

Germany, Netherlands score beach volleyball wins; Germans to play for gold Thursday

Horse Guard’s Palace played host to two quick wins by Germany and the Netherlands Monday night, and Scripps London captured these images to give the audience a feel for the game.

Germany’s Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann played first against Brazil’s Pedro Cunha and Ricardo Santos and managed to win the match 2-0 putting them in the semifinals.

The Netherlands’ Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil defeated Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo 2-0 immediately following Germany’s win.

Germany beat the Netherlands Tuesday to reach the gold medal final against Brazil’s second team Thursday.

BT London Live provides unique Olympic experience

Hyde Park— Central London stole the spotlight Tuesday, Aug. 7 as the men’s triathlon tore through Hyde Park’s scenic stage and big screens, making huge strides with spectators in surround sound.

Great Britain fans show their spirit at BT London Live Hyde Park during the men’s triathlon Tuesday, Aug. 7 (Photo by Kaitlynn Grady).

Thousands gathered on the grass to watch the event on five giant television screens situated in the heart of Hyde Park at BT London Live, a free event featuring real-time showings of the games and musical performances.

The all-day celebration allowed fans to trace the race, relish the high-spirited atmosphere and experience the excitement of the games without paying the Olympic Park price.

“We never got tickets for any of the events, so this is the next best thing,” said Andy Carter of Hereford, England.

Going onto its 11th consecutive day, Tuesday’s London Live event was especially packed. After the last competitor zoomed along the outskirts of the park during the biking leg, a massive crowd rushed to London Live to catch the final stretch on screen.

“You could hear the noise echoing all the way down to Marble Arch and Buckingham palace,” Carter said. “Every country from everywhere is here; everyone’s mixing together. Everyone’s shouting.”

Carter, like many, arrived at Hyde Park hours before the competition began to seal a spot along the sidelines. After the bikers passed, he headed to London Live to cheer on Great Britain, he said.

“Seeing the athletes go past was amazing,” Carter said. “Now, we’re hoping to see a little bit on screen. It’s fantastic.”

While some spectators at London Live watched the triathlon on screen, others participated in mimic Olympic games, tasted chocolates inside the Cadbury House, and competed virtually with Olympic athletes in the Great Games Zone.

“We just came here today to watch our sports and check everything out,” said Niamh Richardson of Limerick, Ireland. “It’s a way of passing the time while you’re watching the Olympics.”

Although fans from all over came to enjoy the event, the majority of the crowd waved British flags. Hyde Park echoed with chants and cheers as fans watched Great Britain’s Alistair and Jonny Brownlee take first and third place in the race.

“I’m surprised by how many British people are here,” Al Dahya of Washington, D.C. said. “I thought it was going to be more of an international crowd, but it’s a great group of people and everyone’s having a good time. People are just excited about watching things happen.”

Even though watching the games at London Live isn’t the same as sitting in the stadium, Richardson said the trek to London from her home country was well worth it.

“We’ve been here almost every night to watch the events,” Richardson said.  “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, so we had to go for it.”

The London Lowdown: Episode III

Tim Dix and Scott Hutchinson are back for another installment of the London Lowdown podcast. Episode three features interviews with Olivia Arbogast and Kayla Hanley, who covered a U.S. men’s basketball team practice and U.S. women’s team practice, respectively. Tim and Scott discuss the highlight of the games so far as well as Tim’s experience at men’s table tennis.

The London Lowdown 3

Scripps London team gets inside look at The Guardian

LONDON–What would seem like an interior designers dream office complete with posh furniture, sleek flat screens, transparent conference rooms and bright pops of color is actually home to two of the UK’s largest news sources – The Guardian and The Observer.

The Scripps London team received the opportunity to tour their 4-story office in the heart of St. Pancras, London on Monday afternoon to get the inside scoop on how they manage to turn out their daily content.

The Guardian is an international news source serving over a million readers from the UK to the U.S. Producing content for it’s web and print mediums, Monday through Saturday, their staff of journalists, editors, and photographers remain busy working to get the story throughout the day.

The office offers an integrated newsroom set up where journalists who write for the same section of the paper such as fashion work closely together.

“I feel like that means that they can cooperate with each other a lot more and it makes for interdepartmental communication,” said Scripps London reporter Jillian Fellows.

The Observer, a weekly paper that is only circulated on Sunday, is housed in the same building as The Guardian but has a separate newsroom.

“Seventy percent of people that do not take The Guardian during the week read The Observer,” said Head of Education at The Guardian Margaret Holborn.

Their office is not only furnished with a coffee and snack bar for their employees but a multimedia wing, which contains audio rooms for recording podcasts.

Specialists also have a workspace to recreate models of Olympic events for a series called Brick by Brick where they animate the plastic building bricks to recreate iconic moments during the games.

“I wanted to know how I could get that job,” said Scripps London reporter Olivia Arbogast. “It was amazing to see how much time they put into creating those.”

The staff has three meetings throughout the day ranging from a 10 o’clock meeting where they discuss their upcoming content to a 5 o’clock meeting where they go over a rough copy of the next day’s newspaper.

“In the morning meeting they discuss website traffic, the biggest hits of the day, go through the final edition of the paper and the top 3 stories that they are going to be covering,” Holborn said. “There can be heated debates about lead issues of the day.”

Staff members also discuss how their readers are responding to their content. The Guardian is working to increase reader interactivity with the growth of their online presence.

The publication has developed several apps where readers can access their content on the go.

“Newspapers have to be adaptable if they want to survive and that is just the way technology is going,” Fellows said.

 

 

 

 

Going for gold

Part of the Scripps London team explored the Main Press Centre on Saturday, where they attended press conferences with the USA BMX team as well as Olympic gold medalists Jamie Gray, Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin.

Phelps goes for gold in his last Olympic press conference

Michael Phelps won his 18th gold medal (22nd medal overall) on Saturday, Aug. 4. He visited the Media Press Centre to discuss what his plans are after the Olympics, how it felt to win the gold and if he really plans on staying retired.

 

The London Lowdown Podcast: Episode 2

 

Crowds enter Old Trafford stadium to see North Korea take on the United States.
Photo by Holly Moody

The London Lowdown Podcast: Episode 2

Scott Hutchinson and Tim Dix are back for a second installment of The London Lowdown podcast. This episode features updates from Scripps students Megan Hickok and Christopher Longo, who discuss their experiences covering an array of Olympic events over the past week.