By: Hannah Bruneman
With the 2014 Winter Games underway in Sochi, it is near impossible to come across an internet home page or newspaper that isn’t riddled in Olympic news. Nearly every main news source around the world has sent reporters to the Olympic village to capture the athletes in their prime. However, it’s not always the sports that take center stage.
The Olympics thrive on the stories and gossip that surround the athletes. Each year, there seems to be a new “America’s Sweetheart” or story of an underdog who overcame so much. Our obsession with the athletes may be blinding us of what the Olympics are really about; the best of the best coming together to show the world what they can do.
For example, the top story on the Yahoo Sochi Coverage page is about the secret relationship between figure skaters Charlie White and Tanith Belbin. The article romanticizes the idea of the two keeping their relationship hidden from the public. The reporter even questions White on the chemistry between himself and his skating partner on the ice; something that really is just part of their job.
There are also a number of Olympians on Twitter who provide us with an inside view of the games. Iowa-native and two-sport Olympian Lolo Jones has over 383,000 followers hoping to get a look into her busy life. Many of the athletes use Twitter to congratulate their teammates or to talk about the experiences they are having in a new country.
What do you think about the media coverage during the Olympics? Does it take away from the competitive nature, or does it add another dimension of personality to our team?