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What It's Like Covering The Olympic Games

Golf Digest's own Ben Walton discusses his week in Rio, full of golf, other Olympic sports and an unforgettable experience.

Released on 8/15/2016

Transcript

00:01
[Ben Voiceover] Hey, what's up world?
00:03
My name is Ben Walton, and I'm a photo editor
00:04
for Golf Digest magazine.
00:06
That's me there in a taxicab headed to JFK for my flight
00:08
to Rio to cover golf's return to the Olympic Games.
00:12
This is the story of my week.
00:14
I got to the airport way too early,
00:16
maybe I was nervous, who know?
00:17
So I grabbed a burger and a beer or three
00:20
and once it was time to board I popped a few NyQuil
00:22
and boom, I woke up in Brazil.
00:25
After that, I met up with my co-worker Jaime Diaz
00:27
and week took a shuttle the MPC, the Main Press Center,
00:30
the hub of the Olympic Games
00:32
for the media members like ourselves.
00:34
We headed to the tiny apartment
00:35
where we would be staying for a week
00:37
and we found a shattered mirror all over the floor.
00:40
Turns out it had been slapped on the wall
00:41
with double-sided tape, cool.
00:44
Wednesday I spent most of the day hanging out
00:45
with Emiliano Grillo from Argentina.
00:47
He let me walk with him during his practice round
00:49
and I finally got the scoop on how his clubs got lost
00:51
in Sao Paulo days before the games.
00:53
Thursday was the day, the day golf was said to be back
00:57
in the Olympics after 112 years.
00:59
It was a pretty neat atmosphere, I must say.
01:02
Team USA played poorly and this guy Fraser from Australia
01:05
got off to a hot start.
01:07
Later that night I snuck off to Copacabana Beach
01:09
and shot some beach volleyball just for fun.
01:12
This photo vest gets me pretty much anywhere,
01:13
which is awesome.
01:15
Friday, I decided I wasn't going to go to the course.
01:18
Instead, I was gonna try and make a couple videos
01:20
showing you guys some cool stuff in Rio.
01:22
I went to some other venues,
01:24
but it didn't quite go as planned.
01:25
At the course, Fraser continued to lead
01:27
and the young Belgian Thomas Pieters
01:29
was at the top of the leaderboard as well.
01:31
Anyhoo, that night I decided
01:33
to go shoot some USA basketball.
01:34
They played Serbia and only won by three.
01:37
Pretty wild seeing all these guys on the floor together.
01:39
Saturday, I went back to the course
01:41
and shot the third round of play.
01:42
Bubba and Rickie played really well
01:44
and I realized some of the groups actually
01:45
had some military security walking with them
01:48
that wasn't shown on TV.
01:50
Sunday I woke up with a little extra excitement.
01:53
Jaime and I got to the course early,
01:54
and I shot the final two groups of the day.
01:57
The intensity in that final group was crazy.
02:00
Stenson and Rose were going shot for shot all day long
02:02
and the fans were awesome.
02:04
So much support out there.
02:06
Ultimately, as you probably already know,
02:08
Justin Rose won the gold, just beating out Stenson
02:11
on the last hole with an epic wedge shot
02:13
to within a foot or so.
02:14
Then the sun set on a week that was nothing but a success
02:17
for the game of golf.
02:18
Needless to say, I can't wait for Tokyo in 2020.
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