Wired has an article yesterday about blogging and the Olympic games.(Link from Scripting News.) It says "participants in the games may respond to written questions from reporters or participate in online chat sessions -- akin to a face-to-face or telephone interview -- but they may not post journals or blogs until the Games end Aug. 29." So here's my question to all athletes: What would you like to tell the world about your experience at the games (include your thoughts about competition, your sport, life in the Olympic village, etc.)? Please respond via the web - this website or yours - instead of via email.
You might see from that question that the restrictions the IOC is trying to place are a bit ridiculous. I wrote previously about the [Amy Acuff] Olympic Diary which is being published on Playboy's site. Friday's entry is entirely an answer to a question about acupuncture sent by a reader. It got me thinking that all an athlete needs is a foil to ask the right questions. So my question to would-be Olympic bloggers is what question would you like to be asked?
Perhaps the IOC will figure out that this standard is just plain unworkable. Maybe they'll also find out that by having athletes, coaches and support people blogging they will actually benefit the television ratings of those who paid so much to restrict what we can see.