There will be coffee – and plenty – for the Sky Sport team to keep rolling into the early hours of the morning as they present the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. But for presenters Laura McGoldrick and Stephen McIvor, this is it. adrenaline of live TV and the thrill of the Games finally arriving after a year of delay that will keep them awake after midnight.
“I live for live TV, so I’m all over the place like a wet rag,” says McIvor.
Sky Sport has 12 channels of Olympic coverage, but along with Goran Paladin, McGoldrick and McIvor will host the Gold channel which McIvor says will “provide the best of the best – obviously key Kiwi moments, but also international moments.”
McGoldrick and McIvor have both covered the Olympics before, so they know what to expect.
However, this year’s Games will be unlike any other. Due to the global pandemic, there will be strict Covid-19 protocols without authorized spectators.
But both agree that despite the restrictions, the Olympics provide an opportunity for the world to celebrate after what has been a dark period in our history.
“Probably more now than anywhere else, in these times that we live in, sport really brings people together, if you like,” says McIvor.
“Any kind of event in the current climate of the world like this that brings people together to sit and watch and enjoy is pretty cool,” says McGoldrick, who also works in radio as a afternoon host on The Hits.
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Between them, McGoldrick and McIvor have covered almost every sport imaginable. But with the range of events on offer at the Olympics, it is nearly impossible for a host to get to know every discipline well.
How to decipher the penalties in fencing, keep abreast of the handball rules in force and memorize the scoring system of artistic swimming?
“I think it’s okay to admit to viewers that you’re not the expert,” McGoldrick says. “But you can bring in an expert to talk about it, and then you can ask the questions as a fan, so it’s all about learning and that’s what’s good about the Olympics.”
“Being a good broadcaster is not being an expert,” says McIvor, who also co-hosts motorsport series. Sky speed. “Being a good broadcaster is being able to bring out the best of the talents you work with – the athletes. “
New sports are making their debut this year including skateboarding, karate and surfing, but unfortunately for McGoldrick the sport she would really like to see has been missing since the 1900 Olympics.
“As the wife of a cricketer, I will always say that cricket should be at the Olympics,” says McGoldrick, who has two children with her husband and Black Cap Martin Guptill.
“I think it’s great that the Olympics are constantly evolving and changing and adding things to it.”
And as new sports enter the Olympic arena, so do new talents.
The magic of the Olympics is that you can’t predict what will happen and who might pull a rabbit out of their hat to take the podium. A number of our finest medals have been won by athletes who have gone unnoticed.
On the local front, McIvor sees promise with 17-year-old swimmer Erika Fairweather and the men’s soccer team, saying: “They might shake up a bit if they get it right.”
He also thinks weightlifter David Liti “seems like the kind of guy who could do something special.”
As for the events that presenters are eager to see for themselves, their lists are a marathon rather than a sprint.
“I love athletics, I love shot put, I love rowing,” says McGoldrick, before throwing more events, like a letter to a sports-mad Santa.
“I’m learning a bit about canoe slalom. I really enjoyed that at the last Olympic Games. I like golf. I think I named most of the sports now.
McIvor’s must-have list includes cycling, athletic and gymnastics sensation Simone Biles.
But what excites him most is the prospect of introducing viewers to this assortment of sports which, as he describes it, doesn’t look too much like what athletes have to experience, albeit a little less sweaty.
“There is nothing, nothing better than live television, absolutely nothing for me. The red light turns on, the heart rate increases, and you have to give birth. And you don’t always do it right.
“There’s never a perfect show, but sometimes you go away and you’re like, ‘Yeah, that was okay. “
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