America’s adopted athletes

At the London 2012 Olympics, Team USA had a record number of immigrants athletes competing for the Star Spangled banner.

I conceptualized and produced a series that focused on six of those athletes and created graphics to give each video the same visual feel.

The entire project was published at http://bbc.in/adoptedathletes and was promoted on the BBC News front page for an entire week. Every profile also aired multiple times on BBC World News.

The four profiles I filmed and edited myself can be found below:

Meb Keflezighi – Marathon

Summary:

Meb is in the record books for being the oldest man to win the US trials for the marathon. He hopes to bring home the gold after winning the silver medal in 2004.

Filmed and talked to Meb in Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Role:

Reported, filmed and edited

Outlet:

BBC News TV & Online

Mariya Koroleva – Synchronized Swimming

Summary:

Soon after she moved to the United States from Russia for her father’s career, a young Koroleva tried her hand at synchronised swimming as a way to fit in.

Spent a day with Mariya at her home in Walnut Creek, CA.

Role:

Reported, filmed and edited

Outlet:

BBC News TV & Online

Tony Gunawan – Badminton

Summary:

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Gunawan took home the gold in doubles badminton for his home country of Indonesia. One year later he began coaching and competing with the US team.

Met Tony at his home and practice facility in Orange County, CA.

Role:

Reported, filmed and edited

Outlet:

BBC News TV & Online

Khatuna Lorig – Archery

Summary:

As soon as she received US citizenship, Lorig placed a call to the US Olympic committee to discuss competing.

Spent a day with Khatuna at her home in West Hollywood, CA.

Role:

Reported, filmed and edited

Outlet:

BBC News TV & Online