Two University of Georgia students in the Grady Sports Media certificate program will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August to cover the 2016 Olympic Games.
Nicole Chrzanowski and Jaylon Thompson have been selected by the United States Olympic Committee to report on the Games for the USOC's various information channels, including its website, TeamUSA.org.
"It's going to be a huge undertaking to basically be a member of the press corps at the Olympics, which is one of the events that most sports journalists aspire to cover," said Vicki Michaelis, John Huland Carmical Distinguished Professor in Sports Journalism and director of Grady Sports at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. "It's a 17-day experiment in sleeplessness and constant deadlines. They'll be in that same crucible as all of the professional journalists around them, and these are two students that I'm confident can handle that."
Michaelis was the lead Olympics reporter for USA Today through six Olympic Games and worked as a freelancer with Team USA during the 2012 Games in London. That same year, she and Malcolm Moran, director of the Sports Capital Journalism Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, worked with the USOC to formalize a student assistant program for the 2016 Olympics.