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    They even included the fact Plushenko won Euros in 2012! So he's no longer basically equal with Lysacek in non-competition. LOL. Should send them a Thank you note!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmyers View Post
    They even included the fact Plushenko won Euros in 2012! So he's no longer basically equal with Lysacek in non-competition. LOL. Should send them a Thank you note!
    LOL!
    "Plushenko won the European Championships in 2012, the same month his second child was born. Does he have one more Olympic medal in him?

    Plushy's second son was born in 2013 January, not in 2012

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    Where's Caro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moment View Post
    Where's Caro?
    It looks like you have to be a reigning world champ, Olympic medalist, or American to make their list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    And another USOC media summit is coming up at the end of August so perhaps the spotlight will shine on a few more skaters.
    Correcting my error:
    The dates of the next USOC media summit are Sep 29 - Oct 2. Location: Park City, Utah.

    Fourteen figure skaters are on the list of 102 total participants (as of Jul 30) -- see below.
    Gao and Miner are not, although they attended the spring summit.
    I think the only new faces in the autumn group would be Castelli/Shnapir (unless they attended in the spring too -- sorry, can't remember one way or the other).
    1. Max Aaron
    2. Jeremy Abbott
    3. Marissa Castelli
    4. John Coughlin
    5. Meryl Davis
    6. Caydee Denney
    7. Gracie Gold
    8. Evan Lysacek
    9. Alex Shibutani
    10. Maia Shibutani
    11. Simon Shnapir
    12. Ashley Wagner
    13. Charlie White
    14. Agnes Zawadzki

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    (Another article)Figure Skating Stars are Back for Sochi

    This article was posted also during July:

    http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/figu...are-back-sochi

    But it looks much better than the other one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnstep View Post
    This article was posted also during July:

    http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/figu...are-back-sochi

    But it looks much better than the other one
    This guy actually seems to know what he's talking about.

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    They are clearly better but what's the deal with "be a complete skater and still incorporate quad jumps"? How can you be complete and not do quads in 2013? Lol or 1998!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celine View Post
    This whole Ashley vs. Gracie sniping is already giving me a headache.
    Differences of opinion sniping. Many of us in this thread are trying to have a civilized discussion.
    A hypothetical scenario that would have been comparable to what I consider to be premature overemphasis on Gold (at the expense of Wagner):
    In the coverage of the Shibutanis' world bronze in 2011, what if the media had called them a "golden couple" -- and given them top billing over Davis/White among U.S. ice dancers?
    Some of us have high hopes for the Shibs in general, but no one would have thought even then that they deserved to overshadow D/W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnstep View Post
    This article was posted also during July:

    http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/figu...are-back-sochi

    But it looks much better than the other one
    Quote Originally Posted by Robeye View Post
    This guy actually seems to know what he's talking about.
    Alex Goldberger, the author of Finnstep's article (but not the article in the OP), is one of NBC's Olympics researchers -- a prestigious group with a reputation for knowing their stuff. Glad that he is living up to their fine reputation.

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    I think (I hope) give 'em time folks. It will hopefully only get better (fact checking, etc) As the season gets underway, it will become clearer where to put the focus to drive home those profiles that they want to put their backing behind. Results. Charisma. A compelling "story" to tell. Who is Photo-video-genic, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    Alex Goldberger, the author of Finnstep's article (but not the article in the OP), is one of NBC's Olympics researchers -- a prestigious group with a reputation for knowing their stuff. Glad that he is living up to their fine reputation.
    Interesting explanation, golden411.

    Which begs the question: why aren't the researchers writing all their articles? Because Alex's writing has quite a bit of narrative verve, in addition to being factually correct. Do the researchers get paid more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robeye View Post
    ... why aren't the researchers writing all their articles? Because Alex's writing has quite a bit of narrative verve, in addition to being factually correct. Do the researchers get paid more?
    The number of Olympics researchers is relatively small, and they have a huge role in preparing for the traditional broadcast coverage of the Olympics. An article about the breadth and depth of their responsibilities (including zillions of miles of travel):
    My hunch (only a hunch) is that their other contributions to the overall NBC Olympics operation are too important to leave much time for writing for the website.
    Although the job is "entry-level", it is similar to the NBC page program in being a potential stepping stone to the highest echelons of the business, and I have no doubt that it easily attracts the best and the brightest. Dick Ebersol was the first-ever Olympics researcher -- for ABC, when it had broadcast rights. Jeff Zucker started his career as an Olympics researcher for NBC. "War stories" from them and other Olympics researchers:
    In an early New York Times profile of Zucker, Bill Carter made prominent mention of "the most auspicious entry-level job in the television industry: Olympics researcher."
    I have no idea what the salary is, but I daresay that some people would be willing to pay NBC for the opportunity to take on this assignment.

    On the other hand, the Twitter bio for Nick McCarvel, who wrote the flawed article in the OP, says:
    "Content expert in sports. Now Sochi figure skating web producer @NBCOlympics. Worked with online teams at all 4 tennis majors. ..."
    https://twitter.com/nickmccarvel
    Per his personal website, "His focus has been in the world of tennis content."
    As I mentioned earlier in the thread, at the time of Nationals in Omaha, McCarvel tweeted something about having his work cut out for him to get up to speed on figure skating (not a direct quote -- I'm just paraphrasing). I hope it is a good sign that the original version of his article has been corrected. Given that figure skating is his current beat, I even wonder whether he peruses sites like GS and revised his article based on comments here (and/or on FSU).

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    As I mentioned earlier in the thread, at the time of Nationals in Omaha, McCarvel tweeted something about having his work cut out for him to get up to speed on figure skating (not a direct quote -- I'm just paraphrasing). I hope it is a good sign that the original version of his article has been corrected. Given that figure skating is his current beat, I even wonder whether he peruses sites like GS and revised his article based on comments here (and/or on FSU).
    I believe Sylvia of FSU sent him a laundry list of corrections (she deserved some recognition, so: hats off to her ). Why work when you have zealous fans who will do it for you for free?

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    I don't like Plushenko or Evan"s skating but Plushenko is pretty much on legend level. Plushenko may not be the current OG champ but he is an Olympic champion. I don't think they are hardly on the same level no matter if someone bested you one or two times rightfully or not.

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    Lol the way plushenko was covered last Olympics was all about lysacek being much much better than plushenko and more talented in all areas except quad ability! That all of plushenko career was nothing more than quad ability. Very wrongly lol the impression and mission that was accomplished smog many was lysacek was far superior in every way to plushenko and lysacek was one of the best of all time not plushenko.

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