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The end is near and the crews for NBC are winding down coverage of the London games. Our crew is finishing up the last shoot today and will edit the final piece.


Thursday and Friday we followed the first family of Taekwando the Lopezes. This is what we call the agony of defeat story. Thursday at the Excel Centre former bronze medalist Diana lost her opening match to Chinese fighter Hou Yuzhuo. The 2008 bronze medalist would then go down with a meniscus tear and all those years training go down in flames. The next day team Lopezes hopes rest on brother Steven, gold winner in 2000 and 2004, who went up against number one seed Ramin Azizov of Azerbaijan. Steven jumped out to an early lead but would fall to Aziizov 3-2 in the under-80-kilogram class. Later we would find out the Steven injured himself with a broken right fibula. For the first time since the Korean martial art became a medal sport in the Olympics, the Lopezes were going home empty handed. Friday night we were able to interview Diana and brother Jean, coach of team Lopez. Disappointed they were but they kept a positive attitude throughout the whole situation. A close knit family from Houston, TX were happy to see fellow USA taekwando teammates Terrence Jennings and Paige McPherson take bronze in their divisions. Covering this family really gave me a true appreciation of the Olympic games. Never bitter. Just happy to have family around while competing here in London. The true Olympic spirit!


Back to the International Broadcast Centre to produce and edit the final compilation piece of the Olympics. Then met with Bradley University students Justine Harris and Elise Dismer. We discussed our experiences here in London and gave them a tour around some of the post production facilities here at the NBC broadcast center. Two very bright students with hopefully a prosperous career in the broadcast journalism world. Always great to hear the perspectives of the youth who will guide the future of this industry.


Saturday we wrap up our coverage here in London. Excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel and get back to my family. I appreciate the sacrifices my family, wife Christy and daughters Ruby and Cassidy, have made so I can cover this incredible spectacle called the Olympics. I couldn’t have done this without their support. Love you guys and see you in a few days!!



Cheers,


Tim

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