Hey there! I’m Darci Miller, a 21-year-old journalism student at the University of Miami. I created this blog for my Social Media for Journalists class, but… let’s be real. It’s totally fulfilling my own purposes.
The Olympics are my first and only true love in life. When I was seven and the rest of my friends were obsessing over Disney movies and Barbie, I was watching Tara Lipinski beat Michelle Kwan for ladies’ figure skating gold in Nagano and rapidly wearing through my VHS recording of Aladdin on Ice starring Kristi Yamaguchi and Kurt Browning. I was a girl obsessed.
Not much has changed, to be honest. I’m still a girl obsessed, though my Olympic interests have branched out from figure skating. I watch it all, from curling to gymnastics, and love every minute of it. So much so, in fact, that working for the US Olympic Committee has become my ultimate career goal. I spent January-June 2012 volunteering for London 2012 Ceremonies during my semester abroad, and it’s only a matter of time before I’m working under the rings in my own country. Watch out, USOC!
Ending up in school in Miami has kind of left me in an Olympics-less bubble, or so it seemed at first. Florida isn’t like Europe, where a few hours on a train brings you to yet another Olympic stadium. Here, it takes some digging. But luckily, I’m a reporter (and total Olympics nerd) on a mission. It’s amazing what you can do with a passion and a pen.
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” -Olympic Creed