Tag:Focus on Phelps
Posted on: August 17, 2008 8:55 am

NBC's Coverage - 8th Medal ceremony for Phelps

Last night I watched the 8th race that Michael Phelps was in, I watched history, as he and his teammates swam to win the Gold. The ceremony was not aired live, as they were showing a heat at the track and field venue. As soon as the heat was finished, they came on and showed the Medal Ceremony. My issue is that this was a team medley, while our National Anthem was being played, the camera focused on Michael Phelps and Michael Phelps alone. No other teammate  was shown, nor did the show the Australian team or Japan team that had won Silver or Bronze. I do not have issue with the presentation of the special award, as it seemed like the most appropriate time to do this, while everyone was still gathered there.

Honestly, I am very proud of what Phelps did, the likely hood of this happening soon is null. I am sure the producers got caught in the moment of Phelps making history. What about the other team members, Aaron Piersol, Brendan Hansen and Jason Lezak, what about their families and friends who were not in attendance at the Water Cube to see the Medal Ceremony?  They were unable to watch "their" moment as well. The spotlight was on Michael Phelps and Phelps alone. If it were not for his three teammates pushing themselves to the core in the water, he would not have won his 8th Gold Medal. It was a team event, and the team should have been focused on, period.

Congratulations to the men on the relay team for winning a Gold Medal. Congratulations to Michael Phelps for achieving something that really seemed unattainable, 8 Gold Medals in his 8 events.

NBC, get your head out of the sand and cover the events properly.
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