Greece is to welcome the world to Athens for the 28th modern Olympics and Sky News will bring us the latest breaking news from the capital.
This year 10,500 athletes and 5,500 team officials from 201 National Olympic Committees will be part of the action. There will be a total of 301 medal ceremonies spread across 16 days, with 28 sports being contested in 38 different venues.
Sky News’ Lisa Holland and Chris Skudder will be live from Athens with daily updates.
For the Skyless – did Sky show the very large US shotputter Adam Nelson who did the usual full spin routine and then almost dropped the shotputt on his toe – and the next time did another full warcry spin and hurled it and….fell over. I think he got the silver medal.
And who was that tackling the poor Brazilian marathon runner? A fat bloke in a skirt?!! Or was it all reeeeally serious coverage. Not a bad deal being sent to cover the Olympics!
eagleeye+Aug 30 2004, 07:48 AM–>(eagleeye @ Aug 30 2004, 07:48 AM) And who was that tackling the poor Brazilian marathon runner? A fat bloke in a skirt?!! Or was it all reeeeally serious coverage. Not a bad deal being sent to cover the Olympics!
He was a crazy former Irish priest called Cornelius Horan. F1 fans may recall him from the 2003 British GP when he ran onto Hanger Straight (the fastest part of the Silverstone circuit), where the cars do 240kph, waving a banner that said something along the lines of we should all be reading the bible more. Needless to say, he was imprisoned for two months for trespassing, but obviously is not considered bonkers enough to warrent a trip to a nut house.
Anyway, whatever coverage you got in the UK, it can’t have been much worse than the Aussie effort by Channel 7. As someone’s letter said in a paper, “How dare Channel 7 think that people would be interested in watching swimming, basketball, volleyball etc when there are hundreds of hours of adverts for Qantas, LG and other companies to be enjoyed?”