Archive for February, 2018


The 2018 Winter Olympics Reader: 21 February

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A look at some of the best stories of the 2018 Games.

Mikaela Shiffrin has 70 Pairs of Racing Skis.(New York Times)

The Worst Olympian (or maybe the best?) (The Guardian)

How to Travel with a Bobsled (USA Today)

The Dark Realities of Staging The Olympics (Reuters)

By The Numbers: The PyeongChang Winter Olympics (Forbes)

 

 

Click in to the links above and receive some in-depth coverage of interesting elements of the 2018 Winter Olympics….

 

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Winter Olympics Photo Gallery: Speed Skating

Nightshift Sports:
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A selection of the finest sports photography from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. All photos (c) 2018 and courtesy of GettyImages.com, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century online and waiting. These images have not been altered in anyway. We thank them for sharing.


The Winter Olympics: 21 February 2018 New York Times Coverage

Nightshift Sports:

Our live and continuing daily feed from the New York Times of  recaps/features on the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Direct Link: New York Times Winter Olympic Coverage

The New York Times has been at this for quite a while  and their coverage is always great and often brilliant.

We’ll put up a link to their summary of coverage and news every day, to make it oh-so-easy for you to stay in touch with the games, the events, the winners and the losers.

To see just how good “old media” can be, we recommend that you read this article from the Times about augmented reality coverage and follow along. 

The Times posted a perma link to their AR site (use an iPhone, please )…. here it is:

https://nyti.ms/2FN3peS

The Games are on. Get all the way into them via new media or old.

 

 

 

The Fine Print: The Nightshift news site and Nightshift Sports are  continually evolving experiments in news communications. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. 

 


The Winter Olympics Schedule: 21 February 2018

Nightshift Sports:
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Today is one of the biggest days for Olympic events. Television coverage in the United States is via NBC and NBCSN; there is also coverage on the Olympic Channel, CNBC, and USA network (well done to NBC for putting all of this on air). Check your local listings as programming can vary due weather conditions and programming considerations. One more thing: the visual purity and graphics produced by NBC in support of their telecasts reached the level of broadcast art in last week’s coverage, with some of the most stunning picture framing, color saturation, and on-screen graphics of any Olympics. Has anyone been able to view any of the coverage in 4K? It’s out there, but you have to hunt to find it.

The following events are scheduled for today.

Alpine Skiing (scheduled but always tentative due to wind)
Biathlon
Bobsled
Curling
Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing
Ice Hockey
Nordic Combined
Short Track
Snowboarding
Speed Skating

Remember: The nightly prime-time telecasts will feature the most popular events; if you want to see some of the more unique/esoteric events, check out NBCSN, and the other networks (especially the Olympic Channel, which has up to 50 different feeds available on demand. ) which are available all day on air, online, and streaming. Some events at this Olympics have been delayed or postponed, especially the Alpine Skiing events, due to high winds, so NBC’s programming will shift accordingly. We follow everything via NBCSN since they tend to show it all.

 

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The Nightshift: 21 February 2018

Press Clippings:
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Good Morning, it’s Wednesday, 21 February 2018,  and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.

Lindsey Vonn won a Bronze medal in the Olympic Women’s Dowhnill and, in the process, became the oldest woman to ever win a medal in Alpine skiing. Congratulations to Vonn who came back from several very serious injuries to compete, again, at the world class and Olympic level. The U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team has played their way into the finals and will meet Canada for the Gold. The women can do no worse than a silver. In Cross Country, Kikkan Randall and Jesse Diggins ended a very, very long U.S. drought in cross country by winning the Gold the Women’s Cross Country Team Sprint. The U.S. Women also won Bronze in the long track women’s pursuit. Today: the Women’s Combined, pitting Mikaela Shiffrin(Slalom specialist) against Lindsey Vonn(downhill specialist) in an event that tests the two edges of skiing performance (downhill for pure speed; slalom for agility) by having competitors run both events, lowest overall time wins. There will be plenty of competition from the other entrants in the event. So far, the U.S. women are having a pretty terrific Olympics.

You can see the running medal count with this direct link.
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The Reverend Billy Graham, perhaps the greatest preacher of the 20th century, has died at the age of 99. Graham took his belief in God and his deep religious commitment to millions via huge evangelistic gatherings and electronic media. It was estimated that he spoke to over 250 million people in his life.

Today is National Sticky Bun Day. Don’t forget to get plenty of napkins.

What we’re listening to in The Media Bunker: The Valentines 2018 playlist, compiled by our music editor/producer/DJ Tschugge. 

The front pages (and sometimes more) of the world’s great English language newspapers are linked below. The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below. As always, thanks for dropping by.

 

The Times (London

Financial Times (UK)

The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)

The Wall Street Journal (European edition)

Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)

New York Times (New York)

The Boston Globe (Boston)

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)

Daily News Egypt (Cairo)

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

The Moscow Times (Moscow)

Le Figaro (Paris)

Bloomberg.com (New York)

The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)

The Japanese Times (Tokyo)

The Local (Oslo)

Sputnik (Moscow)

The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)

The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)

Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)

FiveThirtyEight (New York City)

Politico (Washington, DC)

Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)

Wired (San Francisco, CA)

The Weather Channel

CNN News Text Site

Ars Technica  

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The 2018 Winter Olympics: How to train like Lindsey Vonn

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Lindsey Vonn, one of the best downhiller racers of all time, is scheduled to run tonight, in prime time in NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage. Vonn has missed the last two Olympics due to injury, but she has come roaring back and is now, again, at the top of the food chain in downhill racing. If you want to know what it takes to be a World Cup Champion and Olympic Medalist, watch this short video to see how Lindsey Vonn trains.

The question for world class athletes is not necessarily about talent, but about desire to compete and be the best.

Do you want it–anything–bad enough to train like Lindsey?

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The Winter Olympics: 20 February 2018 New York Times Coverage

Nightshift Sports:

Our live and continuing daily feed from the New York Times of  recaps/features on the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Direct Link: NYT  2018 Winter Olympics Coverage

The New York Times has been at this for quite a while  and their coverage is always great and often brilliant.

We’ll put up a link to their summary of coverage and news every day, to make it oh-so-easy for you to stay in touch with the games, the events, the winners and the losers.

To see just how good “old media” can be, we recommend that you read this article from the Times about augmented reality coverage and follow along. 

The Times posted a perma link to their AR site (use an iPhone, please )…. here it is:

https://nyti.ms/2FN3peS

The Games are on. Get all the way into them via new media or old.

 

 

 

The Fine Print: The Nightshift news site and Nightshift Sports are  continually evolving experiments in news communications. The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading. 

 


Winter Olympics Photo Gallery: Downhill Training

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A selection of the finest sports photography from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. All photos (c) 2018 and courtesy of GettyImages.com, who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century online and waiting. These images have not been altered in anyway. We thank them for sharing. The Nightshift and Nightshift Sports are a constantly evolving experiment in communications and communications process. We thank you for reading.


The Winter Olympics: Inside the Ropes

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Of course, there are no ropes at the Olympics–not the type found on PGA golf courses, at least–but the idea of being inside the ropes conveys some type of “inside” information, even if that information mostly turns out to be gossip. But….there were some interesting small stories coming out of PyeongChang.
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Well,  so much for fraternite´. Mathieu Faivre, a member of the French Olympic Ski team and–maybe his great claim to fame–Mikaela Shiffrin’s boyfriend, was dismissed from the French team and sent home after saying in an interview that he “didn’t care about his teammates” and was at the Olympics “only to ski for myself”.  That attitude didn’t cut it with the powers that be and so French Ski Team Director David Chastan sent the huffy skier (he finished 7th in the Giant Slalom) back to France for “disciplinary reasons”. Will Mikaela ski better or worse with the BF gone?
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Schiffrin Slides Out of  The Downhill. The schedule was against her: women’s Downhill on Wednesday, women’s Combined moved up to Thursday (due to those pesky winds), so Shiffrin made the smart move and decided to concentrate on the Combined, which includes both slalom and downhill events. She’s generally considered the world’s best female slalom skier but she is scheduled to meet Lindsey Vonn–whose speciality is the downhill–in the Combined. It’s “your best against my best” time at the Winter Olympics.
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Coming Apart at the Seams. For the second time in these Olympics, an ice skating couple has suffered a “wardrobe malfunction”, as Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, two-time world champions who are appearing in their first  Winter Olympics,  had the clasp on Gabriella’s outfit totally come apart, leaving her breast exposed and forcing her to skate in a state of perpetual possible nudity. But–if you want to know what concentration is all about–it did not bother the duo,  who took the Silver Medal. Very, very impressive. Might be a good time to have all of those skimpy ice skating dresses checked for possible malfunctions.
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Stand Up Guy. Adam Rippon, who made the most of his Olympic moments of fame and emerged as a charming, enthusiastic spokesman for his sport, thanked NBC for it’s offer of a position as a commentator for the rest of the Olympics but said that he “wanted to support my team because they have supported me”. Refreshing and, actually, the totally correct thing to do. He’ll be back–either on the ice or on the air.
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What, Precisely, Did You Learn at Harvard. How to bend the rules, obviously, Modestly competent as a skier, Elizabethe Swaney, a U.S. born Harvard graduate, used her grandparents nationality (Hungary) to rule-play her way into the Olympics as a contestant in the skiing half-pipe.  The event, typically full of spectacular tricks and high altitude, laid bare her athletic skills–there were none–and she approached the half-pipe competition with the sole goal of surviving it. Swaney previously competed for Venezuela in the Winter Olympics–it is assumed her results there were similar to this year’s contest, where she finished 24th out of 24 competitors.  Swaney is the perfect test case for dumping “country shopping” by marginally talented athletes–or just plain publicity hounds–who bend the rules to get into the game and then embarrass themselves and the country that sent them.  Do we admire the pluck that drove her to somehow, anyhow, make it to the Olympics or condemn the performance level as degrading for any Olympic athlete?

 

 

 


The Winter Olympics Schedule: 20 February 2018

Nightshift Sports:
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Television coverage in the United States is via NBC and NBCSN; there is also coverage on the Olympic Channel, CNBC, and USA network (well done to NBC for putting all of this on air).Check your local listings as programming can vary due weather conditions and programming considerations. One more thing: the visual purity and graphics produced by NBC in support of their telecasts reached the level of broadcast art in last week’s coverage, with some of the most stunning picture framing, color saturation, and on-screen graphics of any Olympics. Very well done.

The following events are scheduled for today.

Alpine Skiing (scheduled but always tentative due to wind)
Biathlon
Bobsled
Curling
Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing
Ice Hockey
Nordic Combined
Short Track
Ski Jumping (don’t miss)
Speed Skating

Remember: The nightly prime-time telecasts will feature the most popular events; if you want to see some of the more unique/esoteric events, check out NBCSN, and the other networks (especially the Olympic Channel) which are available all day on air, online, and streaming. Some events at this Olympics have been delayed or postponed, especially the Alpine Skiing events, due to high winds, so NBC’s programming will shift accordingly. We follow everything via NBCSN since they tend to show it all.

 

The Fine Print: Photo embed courtesy of our friends at GettyImages.com who have the photographic history of the 20th and 21st century on file. This image has not been altered in any way. We thank them for sharing.  The Nightshift news site and Nightshift Sports are  continually evolving experiments in news communications and are productions of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. It’s rapid iteration. Thanks for reading.