Josh Veltrie: Reflections from London 2012

By Josh Veltrie ’11

This summer I was lucky to enough to enjoy the experience of a lifetime: working the Olympics in London. Being able to see Europe for the first time while working one of the premiere sporting events in the world was amazing. My title was Production Associate for NBC, and once the Olympics started I was working 13-hour days (5 p.m. to 6 a.m.) so the transitioning into those types of days was a little rough. However, the week leading up to the Olympics I was working pretty standard hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and so I was able to go out and explore the city of London with my co-workers. My duties were to supervise 14 loggers and just keep the producers in the loop with what was going on in the not-so-popular sports since they weren’t able to keep track of everything.

Once the Games started you were either working or sleeping, there wasn’t time for much else. On occasion there would be tickets to events that would come to my bosses and they would try to ensure everyone got to see one event. The event I attended was track and field, where I witnessed the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt, crush the competition in the 200m along with all the other events that night. One of those events was a world-record performance in the men’s 800m. Overall, it was a pretty good night and it was definitely my favorite part of my Olympic experience. I got to meet a ton of professionals in the industry and just walking around the same building as Olympians such as Michael Phelps, Tyson Gay, Shaun White and Apolo Ohno was awesome. After a while, walking by the on-air talent and Olympians became normal.

The reason I enjoyed working the Olympics was because of the environment, and the people I worked with were all great and everyone got along very well. When you spend 27 days straight with the same people it helps a lot if you enjoy being around them and that was the case in London. I hope that NBC brings me back to work the next Olympics, but if not I will always treasure the memories I made in London 2012.

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