CBC Radio Personalities Cover Olympics From Utah

CBC Radio Personalities Cover Olympics From Utah

Rick & Jim’s Hall of Fame

NCNN’s Rick Dayton & WRAL-FM’s Jim Kelly (in ballcap) met & interviewed many USA medalists, including:

Maurice Greene, the fastest man in the world (60m in 6.39 seconds), won gold in Sydney in the 100m & the 4x100m relay.

Cathy Turner, four time Olympic medalist in 1992 & 1994, won her medals in short track speed skating.

Raleigh resident Marion Jones won three gold medals & two bronze in the Sydney 2000 Olympics, more than any other female track athlete ever at a single Games.

Rosalyn Sumners won silver in figure skating at the 1984 Games.

WRAL-FM Music Director Jim Kelly and NCNN Sports Director Rick Dayton traveled to Park City, Utah, to cover the Olympics for CBC live and in person. The two took in a variety of events and even tried their hand at a few Olympics sports themselves. They met several past Olympian medallists and interviewed them for the folks back in the Triangle.

Kelly and Dayton phoned in live each day for updates on MIX 101.5 and the North Carolina News Network. Dayton also kept an online journal that he shared with listeners through NCNN’s website and called in to NCNN affiliates for Q&A sessions.

The duo left Raleigh on Wednesday, February 13, and returned the following Monday. They watched the infamous USA Women’s Hockey Team thrashing of China, 12-0, saw the German men play the Canadians, and took in the two-man bobsled and ice dancing.

Dayton said, “I didn’t know what to expect when it came to covering the Olympic Games. I’ve covered so many other sports and events in my career, but this one is truly unique. Days like today make all the long hours well worth the effort. It reminded me (once again) how lucky I am to have a job I love.”

Dayton & Kelly stayed in Park City, Utah, a venue of several of the winter Olympic sports.

Dayton & Kelly watched the two-man
Bobsledding competition.

The highlight of Kelly’s trip was watching the USA Women’s Hockey Team wallop China, 12-0.

The pair also watched Germany take on Canada at the hockey rink.

Kelly & Dayton Take on the Mountain

Kelly (left) & Dayton got snowboarding lessons.

Dayton said, “It didn’t take long until I was feeling pretty cocky on the snowboard…”

…and then he fell. He suffered what snowboarders call a ‘Scorpion,’ a face-first fall where the back of the snowboard pops up and almost hits the boarder in the back of the head.
*photos courtesy of Jim Kelly

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