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Tiger of the Week: Brett Goodman ’90

Brett Goodman ’90 (Photo: Courtesy Brett Goodman)
World-class athletes are not the only Princetonians playing an integral role in the London Olympics. NBC Universal executive Brett Goodman ’90 and a handful of other Tigers are part of the business and broadcasting collaboration that will provide an unprecedented 5,535 hours of coverage from the games, beginning with women’s soccer this afternoon.
Goodman is the senior vice president of strategic partnerships and business affairs for NBC Universal Sports – a title he succinctly translates as the “head lawyer” for NBC Universal’s Olympic division. His daily activities range from working on anti-piracy efforts to reviewing deals for sponsored elements of NBC’s broadcasts.
As an undergraduate, Goodman covered Princeton sports for the University Press Club and WPRB. He planned to go to law school after graduation but put that path on hold to become an NBC researcher for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
After returning from Spain, Goodman enrolled at Columbia Law School, earned his J.D., and practiced for five years at a firm in New York City. In 2000, he returned to NBC in a new role, handling legal affairs. Last year, he was part of the NBC Universal group that presented the company’s successful bid to broadcast the next four Olympics, for a record $4.38 billion fee.
In London, Goodman is part of an on-site team of 2,800 NBC Universal employees, working on everything from the NBC Nightly News to Access Hollywood. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s a great environment,” he said.
Other Princetonians behind the scenes in London include Joe Gesue ’93, the executive editor for NBC Universal Sports and Olympics; Rebecca Chatman ’94, the co-producer of NBC’s daytime and weekend coverage of the games; and Jennie Thompson ’90, a producer for the Today show. Craig Masback ’77, the former CEO of USA Track and Field, will serve as an analyst on coverage of the middle- and long-distance running events.  
While the Olympic work schedule is demanding, Goodman said the he’ll find time to visit a few events and catch some of the live action on video feeds in his office. “At some point, I think you have to allow yourself to be a fan,” he said.

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Princeton Olympians: Kicking off in London

Diana Matheson ’08 (Photo: Courtesy Wikipedia/Ann Odong)
The opening ceremonies of the London Olympics are still a few days away, but one of Princeton’s Olympians is preparing for an early kickoff. Women’s soccer midfielder Diana Matheson ’08 and her Canadian teammates will face Japan, the 2011 Women’s World Cup champion, on July 25 at 4 p.m. Eastern on the NBC Sports Network. (Update: CTV also will have a live feed at 11:30 a.m. Eastern.) Matheson has battled back from a knee injury and appeared to be in top form during Canada’s recent tune-up game against New Zealand, looping a perfect shot over the opposing goalie and into the top left corner of the goal (click here for video). Last week, she told Ben Rycroft of the CBC that she had few doubts about being in shape for London. “It was just a matter of how many drugs I was going to have to be on – anti-inflammatories, I mean," she said.
More news about Tigers in London:
Women’s epee standout Susie Scanlan ’14 was “made to hold a blade.” [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
Men’s four rower Glenn Ochal ’08 has a reputation for grueling, marathon workouts. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The parents of Sara Hendershot ’10, a rower in the women’s pair, noticed her uncommon competitiveness at an early age. [Hartford Courant]

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Freelancer Satok ’14 chronicles his Olympic adventures

This is the second post in our summer series about Dale Award recipients.

Ari Satok ’14 poses in front of the Tower Bridge and its Olympic rings. (Photo: Courtesy Ari Satok)
Of the thousands of journalists covering the London Olympics, freelance blogger Ari Satok ’14 may have one of the most enviable assignments. Satok, a recipient of the Martin A. Dale ’53 Summer Award, goes where he wants to go, interviews anyone who is willing talk, and writes about the things that grab his interest on a website devoted to his project, arisolympicadventures.com.
There are a few drawbacks, of course. As a non-credentialed reporter, Satok will have limited opportunities to speak with the Olympics’ biggest stars – though he has been in touch with some of Princeton’s Olympians and other athletes from his native Canada. He also nabbed a brief interview with Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter who will represent South Africa in the Olympic track and field competition.
Being outside the press room “just means that I’m going to have to be more creative,” Satok said, covering stories and angles that other media outlets might overlook.
In his first two weeks in London, Satok has been writing stories, shooting photos and video, and recording brief radio-style news capsules about the buildup to the games. He’s spent part of his time in parks and public spaces, talking with the city’s residents – some who are excited and others who are dreading the impending congestion.

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Princeton’s Olympic medalists: A brief history

Princeton’s first Olympians traveled to Athens in 1896. From left, Francis Lane 1897, Albert Tyler 1897, Robert Garrett 1897, and Herbert Jamison 1897. (Photo: Athletics at Princeton: A History, 1901)
When the world’s top athletes begin competing in London next week, 15 Princetonians will be among them, adding to a remarkable legacy that includes 48 medals and more than a century of the Summer Olympians.
Princeton’s first visit to the Olympics was by far its most successful: Four track and field teammates in the Class of 1897 traveled to the 1896 Athens Olympics at the suggestion of history professor William Sloane, a friend and colleague of International Olympic Committee founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The Princeton students were part of a 27-athlete contingent from the United States.
Robert Garrett Jr. 1897 was the American team’s breakout star, earning two gold medals and two silver in the field events. Classmates Albert Tyler and Herbert Jamison also won silver medals, while Francis Lane just missed bronze in the 100-meter dash, finishing fourth.
Garrett, who later competed at the 1900 Paris Olympics, remains the most decorated Princeton athlete, with a total of six medals. Karl Frederick 1903 *1904 ranks second on the list with three gold medals (one individual, two team events) in shooting at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.

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i-16e939f855b52c5b629e5327e2082b43-Charliegibson.jpgTiger of the Week: Charles Gibson ’65

In the most publicized “get” of the presidential campaign, ABC anchorman Charles Gibson ’65 went to Alaska last week to record a series of one-on-one interviews with Gov. Sarah Palin, her first on national TV. And while most of the attention was on Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, the bright lights fell on Gibson as well, with questions about what he would ask and how tough he would be.
The interviews were a popular draw for TV viewers — ABC won the week’s evening-news ratings race by a wide margin. But reviews were mixed: Some critics complained about the drawn-out format, while others applauded Gibson’s professionalism and no-nonsense approach. As Tom Shales of the The Washington Post wrote, “[I]t was almost a no-win situation, yet he came out of it not losing.” For that, Gibson is our Tiger of the Week.
Photo courtesy Wikipedia
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Gold in Beijing

Lind, Coppola win rowing medals

Princeton classmates Caroline Lind ’06 and Steve Coppola ’06 earned medals at the Beijing Olympics Aug. 17. Lind and the U.S. women’s eight won gold, while Coppola and the U.S. men’s eight settled for bronze. A third member of the Class of 2006, Andreanne Morin of the Canadian women’s eight, missed a medal by less than a second, finishing fourth in the event finals.
The victory in the women’s eight was America’s first since 1984, and Lind, who had met members of the 1984 team, told The Boston Globe that she drew inspiration from that gold-medal-winning crew. “They wanted to welcome us to their club,” she said. “So we had to step up.”
Alumni Lia Pernell ’03 (United States, women’s quadruple sculls) and Sam Loch ’06 (Australia, men’s eight) also rowed in the Olympic finals Aug. 17, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in their events.

Click here for NBC’s video coverage of the U.S. women’s eight.