When I was in my mid-20s, I had the good fortune to live in Sydney, Australia during the 2000 Summer Olympics. I was also lucky to snag a job working for NBC on their coverage of the Games. I wasn’t doing anything spectacular, just logging tape mostly. The job did, however, afford me press credentials that allowed me to go to any of the events I wanted. (Sidebar: Handball rocks!) I also got to partake of mountains of free ice cream provided in the NBC canteen.
One day I drew the short straw and got the job of logging highlights of the women’s weightlifting competition. Now, if you know anything about weightlifting, you know that it has the most unfortunate names for the various ways an athlete can lift his or her weight. I mean, c’mon people—a clean and jerk? Sounds like an OCD masturbation technique. And the other common lift—the snatch. Uh huh. See where I’m going with this?
So there I am, in the middle of the NBC Olympics control room, typing “Olga Kiraminov has clean snatch.” Being one of the more immature people on the planet, I couldn’t help but giggle every time I had to type that someone had a clean snatch. And every time I would giggle, I would inevitably miss a highlight. Who knows how many clean snatches went unaccounted for in NBC’s coverage of the 2000 Olympic Games? Thank about it…did you see any women’s weightlifting in the 2000 Olympics? Did you see any highlights of women’s weightlifting? You’re welcome.