The following morning, all nine of us headed out the door, single-file like ducklings, to interview Sharriefah Barksdale, Events Manager for the U.S. Men and Women’s Track and Field. Although our credentials didn’t give us access to Olympic venues, we breezed right past security with Sharriefah’s ID into the Olympic Village, where the athletes stay.
She was a character, and we loved talking to her. Will got to interview her on camera, and we all watched from behind the scenes. Sharriefah had told us that she would try to get us some face time with Tyson Gay, the world-famous sprinter from Lexington, Ky. Sure enough, five minutes later we saw him coming down the walk towards the Olympic Village. “Tyson! Get over here!” Sharriefah barked good-naturedly.Read more