Well, like every good journalist, I conquered my awkwardness and wrote about it.
Along with three other "logger" interns, I was placed in "Control C", a department based at NBC's headquarters in the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) that dealt with several different aspects of production. What is Control C you might ask? It took me a while to figure that out. After a lot of investigating, someone explained it this way; Anything that was not live at NBC went through our offices at some point or another. While at the Olympics, our department was responsible for pre-produced feature stories, montages, sales enhancements, graphics with video components, previews of the upcoming Olympics and segments that looked back at previous Olympics.
Another thing I'll never forget is the family atmosphere. During my time in London, Control C became a family. That's why I have been using the word "we" a lot. Whenever I talk about something that I accomplished while over there, I realize that it was not just my accomplishment, but one of a group of dedicated people that gave everything they had every day. Everyone I met at NBC genuinely cared about each other but wanted to create great television, a balance that can be very difficult to find.
Two months ago today, I returned home from London. It's weird being back (and being awake when the sun is out). One of our producers said, "You'll become an Olympic junkie. When you get back, you'll recover and then realize that you can't wait to get back." I originally doubted him. I met another producer from a Canadian television network, who said that about two months out, you'll realize that the only thing you want to be doing is back working with your friends. And in some cases, your family.
And that's a story I'll never feel awkward telling.