For more than two weeks, the eyes of the world are turned to Rio.
News crews are calling the International Broadcast Center home, and the in midst of the chaos of the newsroom, a cool calm and collected Olympic vet is about to start his 8th Olympic Games. His name is Jay Gray.
The hustle and bustle of the NBC newsroom is intense with reporters, photographers and editors working around the clock getting the news of the day to you.
“Overall, it’s just an amazing experience,” NBC Reporter Jay Gray said.
Long time journalist Jay Gray is the constant cool and calm guy in our newsroom. For Gray, these games are pretty unique with amazing views, great sports and plenty of intense topics to talk about.
“You’ve got the mountains, you’ve got the water, it’s just breathtaking. That’s one side of the build up, the other is security, Zika, so the anticipation has been good and bad. It’s been on both sides,” Gray said.
Gray pegs this event as the biggest in several ways.
“More people than we’ve ever seen technically here, more hours than we’ve ever covered technically here, and the streaming is also such a huge deal,” Gray said.
The sports and medals are great, but Gray is looking for that diamond in the rough. It could be the long jumper who’s mom is battling Alzheimer’s or the college freshman in the Games for the first time.
Gray is looking for that shooting star.
“The one person that kind of rises above all of this and comes out of the show as the star of the Olympics,” Gray said.