Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School graduate Gregory Bloom has been selected by NBC Sports to assist with the network's coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, Feb. 6-23 in Sochi, Russia.
Bloom, a senior majoring in television-radio in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, said he'll be working in the "Highlights Factory," in Connecticut, helping to craft highlight videos from various events for the NBC website.
"I am excited to potentially turn this opportunity into a job and work with other Ithaca College alumni who work there," Bloom said.
A total of 34 students from the Park School will be serving essential behind-the-scenes roles at the world's biggest athletic event. Ithaca joins Syracuse University and Bradley University as the only institutions nationwide with which NBC Sports partners to recruit interns for its Olympics coverage.
"The fact that NBC has recruited our students for every Olympics since 2006 is yet another affirmation of the quality of their educational experience and how well it prepares them for the professional world," Diane Gayeski, dean of the Park School, said. "In fact, this has been a banner year for us -- from being ranked among the nation's top 25 film schools by the 'Hollywood Reporter' and top 20 journalism programs by 'NewsPro' magazine, to WICB-FM being named the best college radio station by Princeton Review and 'The Ithacan' earning the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's top award for integrated print and online publications.
"We take pride in having these 34 students put their knowledge into action working side-by-side with the top sports journalists, producers and technicians in the world," she added.
25 of the students will serve their intern assignments in or around Sochi, a resort city located on the Black Sea. The remaining nine will be based at the NBC Sports broadcast and production facility in Stamford, Conn. Intern duties will range from handling specific events -- including ice hockey, figure skating and freestyle skiing -- to working in the International Broadcast Center or what's known as the Highlights Factory, which the network developed to package and distribute coverage through multiple media platforms.
Ithaca College students have previously interned at Olympic games in London, Vancouver, Beijing and in Torino.