A Look Back at London, Part 2: Kia

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Hyde Park

It’s been almost a year since the London Olympics—my how time flies! To mark the occasion, we decided to pick each other’s brains about our time spent at the Olympics. Meeting people from around the world, getting swept up in the excitement—all with a camera in hand—there is one thing we both agree on: this was an experience that will never be forgotten. See part 2 here.

Sulagna: What was it like watching the Olympics at home? Especially since you knew you would join the action eventually?

Kia: My family and I are very big Olympics fans… Every two years we are glued to the television. The week before, my parents were out visiting me (in DC) and we kept popping in bars and restaurants to catch whatever was on. Of course, we were interested in all of the “big American stories”-Misty and Kerri, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, etc. But it never really hit me that I was going until I got on the plane to go to London. What SHOULD have been going through my head and wasn’t was the question “Where are all the other stories?” We are notorious for playing only American competitions, but it wasn’t until I got to London and saw other coverage that I truly became aware of the divide between what was going on and what was being shown on NBC. One huge difference I noticed was when we were watching the Games in public. In the US, there was a sense of camaraderie when Americans won; in London, it didn’t matter who did or did not win, the camaraderie was there no matter what. I suppose that’s one of the “perks” of being a host city–it’s the people in the city who really are able to feel the true Olympic spirit.

Sulagna: Oh, that is so true! Going to London makes me think of watching the Olympics so differently, especially as an American. I felt like I was missing out before, but I didn’t realize how much.

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A Look Back At London, Part 1: Sulagna

Tower Bridge

A Look Back on London During the Games

It’s been almost a year since the London Olympics—my how time flies! To mark the occasion, we decided to pick each other’s brains about our time spent at the Olympics. Meeting people from around the world, getting swept up in the excitement—all with a camera in hand—there is one thing we both agree on: this was an experience that will never be forgotten.

Kia: What did you do before you got there to prepare?

Sulagna: I looked up lots and lots and lots of events on London 2012 websites, like pub meetups or shows or anything where I would meet people to interview. That’s how I found stuff like the Unexpected Items sketch comedy show. Although, once I got there I did find a lot of places where I would go over and get nothing back, like pubs I went to where people were like “No cameras ever.”

Kia: You got to London first and were on your own for a week, what was that like?

Sulagna: When I was on my own for a week, I was kind of at a loss. I didn’t have a phone and I figured I knew how the Tube worked, but it was all so overwhelming! It helped that I had family there that gave me advice. I had to force myself to talk to more people in one day than I would talk to in a month in real life. It was terrifying, but I liked all the people I met. Well, at least the ones that would talk to me! A couple people ran away from me! That was really odd. Oh, but the nice people were SO nice. One thing that was cool was that people were always celebrating over someone winning!

Kia: What did you go there hoping to catch on camera? What were you expecting people to say? And did you walk away from your first few interviews saying “Oh this is awesome?” or “Uh oh, I’m totally off the mark!”

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