MY OLYMPICS JOURNEY: Every Sochi entry

As I said in last week’s Olympics wrap entry, I am taking the week off.

But I will leave this parting post.

In three weeks, I wrote 15 posts for the Telling The Story blog. They have tackled topics both light and heavy and, I hope, provided a deep look behind the scenes at Olympic life for a reporter.

In case you missed one, here is the list of all my entries from Sochi:

Mon. 2/3 — Arriving in Sochi, awaiting sleep: At 3:34 AM, the night upon my arrival in Sochi, I penned this post about the anticipation for my first day of Olympic work … and the insomnia that came with it.

Tue. 2/4 — Checking out Sochi’s coastal cluster: The sun shone down on Sochi’s Olympic Park, and suddenly everything made sense.

Wed. 2/5 — A look at Sochi’s mountain cluster: Olympic organizers built the Rosa Khutor alpine resort from nothing … and did a great job.

Thu. 2/6 — Culture shock? What culture shock?: When I got the call to go to Russia for the Olympics, I imagined numerous opportunities to scratch my authenticity itch. After half a week, I was still itching.

Fri. 2/7 — Ten observations from the first five days: With one week (sort of) in the books, I offered my thoughts on the sights, weather, and experiences so far in Sochi.

Mon. 2/10 — The Games have … begun?: I lifted the curtain on one of the biggest challenges of covering the Olympics: actually covering the Olympics.

Tue. 2/11 — Churning out the content: Long days and late nights had a way of tripping me up at seemingly the easiest of hurdles.

Wed. 2/12 — Savoring the “small” moments: Even halfway through my trip, I could not believe how many moments seemed distant, as if they happened months before.

Thu. 2/13 — Food, glorious food (or at least edible): And to think, I wrote this story a day before dining on a breakfast of pizza and eggs.

Fri. 2/14 — Ten observations from the first two weeks: “On this trip, I am anything but anonymous. But the trip itself still feels detached from my regular life.”

Mon. 2/17 — A different view of USA-Russia: Watching an instant classic hockey game on a 12-inch monitor led to one of my most joyous Olympic experiences.

Tue. 2/18 — How to succeed at pin trading: It is the bubbling undercurrent of the Olympic Games. I offered a window into the world of pin trading.

Wed. 2/19 — Elana Meyers rocks the mountains: I spent two days covering the women’s bobsled competition and our local athlete, Elana Meyers. After one day, Meyers looked like she could win the gold.

Thu. 2/20 — No shame in silver for Elana Meyers: Unfortunately Meyers did not win the gold. But she deserved to be honored and celebrated for what she did accomplish.

Fri. 2/21 — Farewell from Sochi, return to life: Closing in on three weeks and 300 hours of work, I gave my final thoughts before heading home.

Matt Pearl is the author of the Telling the Story blog and podcast. Feel free to comment below or e-mail Matt at


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