BostonTalks: 2018 Winter Olympics

THU, JAN 18, 2018 (00:00)

The 2018 Winter Olympics begins February 9th in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In preparation for the winter games, hear from past Olympian Alice Cook on skating in 1976, Lou Jones on his decade long, photographic coverage of the athletes, and Paul Aronofsky on a curler club started in Boston, MA.

Curiosity Desk's Edgar B Herwick III hosts the discussion.

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+ BIO: Edgar B. Herwick III

Edgar Herwick is the guy behind WGBH's Curiosity Desk, where the quest is to dig a little deeper into (and sometimes look a little askew at) topics in the news, and search for answers to questions posed by the world around us. His features can be seen on WGBH's Greater Boston and heard on 89.7 WGBH's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He also appears regularly with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Follow him on Twitter @ebherwick3.

+ BIO: Alice Cook

During her 25 year career as a reporter, anchor and producer at CBS Boston, and national networks, Alice has covered nearly every major U.S. sporting event, including 4 Super Bowls, 3 Olympic Winter Games, 2 World Series, 2 NBA Championships, the Stanley Cup Finals, US Open Golf, the Ryder Cup, and numerous NCAA Basketball Tournaments and Hockey Championships.

She was the New England Patriots weekly beat reporter from 2000-2010.

Alice (@alicemcook) has worked as a free lance reporter and host for national networks, including ESPN, WTBS and Turner Network Television. In 1998, Alice co-hosted “The Cutting Edge,” a daily figure skating show, throughout TNT’s coverage of the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. In 2002, Alice received the Gracie Award for a story she reported for ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” about gymnast and 9/11 victim Mary Rae Sopper.

Alice is also an Olympic figure skater. She competed in the 1976 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria with pair partner Bill Fauver as a member of the US Figure Skating team that included teammates Dorothy Hamill, Tai Babalonia and Randy Gardner. Cook and Fauver were the 1976 US National Silver Medalists.

Alice currently is founder and president of “She’s Game Sports,” a new media company dedicated to women with a passion for sports. She also created and developed the sports website www.shesgamesports.com where she oversees content development and contributes as a feature writer.

+ BIO: Lou Jones

Lou Jones (@loujones2008) specializes in location photography for corporate and editorial clients like Aetna, Federal Express, Nike and National Geographic. He has completed assignments in 50 countries and 48 out of the 50 United States, photographing royalty and the third world, the sacred and profane.

With a lifelong passion for photojournalism and social documentary, Jones has worked with institutions like Amnesty International, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, and the Barr Foundation. He has photographed jazz legends like Miles Davis, athletes like Willie Mays and Roger Clemens, celebrities Orson Welles and Matt Damon, twelve Olympic Games, and inmates on death row.

Jones’s work has remained relevant, progressive and current throughout. He has mentored dozens of aspiring artists and documentary photographers. He has been an advocate for artist's business, legal and historical rights, and visual literacy in all corners of our daily lives. Recently he has embarked on his most ambitious long term works: www.DowntownCrossingProject.photography and www.panAFRICAproject.org.

+ BIO: Paul Aronofsky

Paul Aronofsky is a software engineer who has been living in Boston for the past 10 years. After becoming a fan of curling during the Winter Olympics, he was dismayed to find that there weren't any clubs that were very accessible through public transportation. As a founding member of the Blackstone Valley curling club in Hopedale, MA and joining the established Merrimack Valley Curling Club in Nashua, NH, he learned how different clubs were started and operated and brought that knowledge to Greg Riehle. Their efforts, with the help of other board members this past year have culminated in multiple successful “Learn To Curl” events at Boston's own Steriti Rink in the North End. They hope to grow membership and give the city's residents an opportunity to enjoy the respect, camaraderie, and fun of the great game of curling. 

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