The Chicago Tribune has done distinguished Olympic sports journalism for a long time. Many of the Tribune's traveling teams have been led by Philip Hersh, our intrepid Olympics specialist. Phil has covered 16 Olympic Games, by far the most of any writer in Chicago.
This year, Phil will be on the Tribune's team again.
Phil will join forces in London with four other Chicago Tribune reporters -- David Haugh, K.C. Johnson, Brian Hamilton and Stacy St. Clair. Those five will team with journalists from the Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun to form Tribune Company's Olympic Bureau in London.
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Phil's decades of experience put him in a unique position on which the Tribune hopes to capitalize for the benefit of our readers. For the first time, Phil will offer columns on the Olympics as they play out, bringing perspective nobody else in Chicago can offer.
Most readers are accustomed to watching the Olympics for the two-and-a-half weeks it's on television. But the movement is bigger, and you can get a sense of it by visiting chicagotribune.com/olympics.
Phil will cover the U.S. trials for track and swimming for the Tribune as part of our coverage leading up to London lighting its torch, while participating nations stage competitions to determine their own Olympic teams.
Several swimmers with Chicago connections have shots at the Olympic team, including 2008 silver medalists Christine Magnuson (Tinley Park) and Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Northwestern), plus Conor Dwyer (Winnetka), Kevin Cordes (Naperville) and Mike Alexandrov (Northwestern).
Even the coverage is competitive: Given London's 6-hour head-start on Chicago each day, every one of our journalists in London will be working hard to keep chicagotribune.com updated with the latest news and results (spoiler alert: there will be spoilers). And then we'll bring our best news and analysis to you in print the next morning in our Chicago Sports section.
Chicago's bid for the 2016 Games was an exciting proposition for so many in the area. While the disappointment has waned, the process did awaken an interest among many in our readership about the Olympics. We'll be covering it every day from now until the Games conclude. We hope you enjoy it all.
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