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A journalist’s dilemma

by Ed Odeven

Staff Writer

There’s so many events going on at the same time, that the only consistent thought swirling through my head on the topic is this: I wish I could be going to (fill in the blank), too.

Take Thursday night, for example. Usain Bolt was vying make history on the track, trying to become the first man to repeat as 100- and 200-meter champion in the Olympics. The night’s events at Olympic Stadium clashed with other prime-time events, including the women’s wrestling 55-kg competition (Saori Yoshida vying for her third straight Olympic gold), women’s gold-medal soccer match (Nadeshiko Japan vs. United States, a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final) and women’s volleyball semifinals, including Japan vs. Brazil at 7:30 p.m. A terrific event — women’s 10-meter platform diving final — was also on the docket for 7 p.m., and men’s super heavyweight boxing was part of the night program at ExCel, and I wanted to be there, too.

The age-old dilemma: If only I could be in more than one place at a time.

Now there’s a real Olympian challenge. Let’s see if we can test out time machines in Rio in 2016. I’m sure a few thousand journalists would appreciate that.

For now, reading the dozens of quote sheets that are printed throughout the day, watching highlights, reading event summaries, speaking to other journalists, London 2012 officials, athletes and fans are all useful to gain a better appreciation and useful background information for events I didn’t see live at a particular venue.

OK, now back to work.