Allison Baver and the Penn State Gang in Vancouver

February 22, 2010 at 10:17 am 3 comments

Vancouver's Coal Harbor. Photo by Paula Froke.



We know of at least five Penn Staters at the Vancouver/Whistler Olympics—speed skater Allison Baver ’03 Berks and four people working in the news media. Baver, whom we blogged about at the start of the Games, missed out on a medal in the 1,500 meters on Saturday night, but will try again this week in the 1,000 meters and the 3,000-meter relay.

On the news media side, last week we shared with you some photos of curling competition taken by Paula Froke ’82 of the Associated Press. Froke, who was working the overnight editing desk at the Olympics, also took a couple of cool photos that I’m sharing here with her permission—the one above is of Vancouver’s Coal Harbor, showing the Main Press Centre on the left and the Olympic flame on the right. The other shot is a close-up of part of the Main Press Centre.

The Olympics' Main Press Centre in Vancouver. Photo by Paula Froke.

Froke tells me that she bumped into a fellow Penn Stater, Dan Huff ’82, out there.

“I hadn’t known him before,” she says, “but I heard the words ‘Penn State’ and went over to investigate. He was having a back-and-forth with a USC alum!”

We actually had heard about Dan once before: He’s an AP cameraman whom our senior editor, Ryan Jones, met when he visited the White House for a story last year.

Also in Vancouver is a Penn State undergrad, an English major named Emily Rothrock, who managed to score a pretty cool internship: She’s working in the dot-com department of NBC Olympics. “I’m part of a team responsible for putting together highlight clips to be shown on the Web site,” she says, “and also on On Demand, iTunes, and other mobile apps.”

And, like Paula Froke, Rothrock also bumped into a fellow Penn Stater: David Klatt ’08, a producer/editor for NBCOlympics.com. “Such a small world,” she says. “It’s great to be halfway across the world and find someone only a few desks over who is one of us.”

Tina Hay, editor

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alene  |  February 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Where’s the shout out to Ben Bouma, former Icer in Vancouver?

  • 2. Tina Hay  |  February 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Alene — Thanks for mentioning him — I didn’t realize he’s up there. He works for ESPN, correct?

  • 3. On Marlowe Froke «  |  February 25, 2010 at 11:33 am

    […] New York City and who was working at the Vancouver Olympics last week. We wrote about her here and here. She left the Olympics early when her pop’s health took a turn for the […]

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