Stories sometimes change when reality strikes and this one is an example. If you watched any of my Olympic stories for that Gold Medal program "The City" hosted by Ian Hanomansingh, you might have noticed I often visited the Olympic flame on the waterfront where people tended to congregate. Congregate is a nice way to describe big, huge, crowds drawn like moths to the Olympic flame.
After the Olympics ended, we gathered in the airy palace of light that is the CBC newsroom to consider mind movies. Those are ideas in which we imagine how a story will look on television before we ever shoot a frame of video. Some ideas are difficult to demonstrate, and the mind movie concocted for my story proved a case in point. Find the post Olympic mood. Mood. Mood?
What does a mood look like? A glum face that the games are over? A serene, satisfied demeanour? Tears? Joy? Dancing in the streets? Fury? All of these were possibilities I prepared for as I headed back to the flame. What I found there was mostly - emptiness. People had abandoned the place. What mood was that?
But then I met the subject of my story - still cheerfully engaged in a project he had worked on diligently since the games began, and long before. As he told me his story - and you really need to watch this one because it is quite a tale - I thought this is one Olympic mood there for anyone to see. Olympic Record