USA Gymnastics: Week Three(ish)

Nothing like a little tornado to thrust some excitement into the workplace. I’d say that was the highlight of the week (well, besides setting a World Record and all). It’s not like our lives were in danger or anything. Just a little tornado strolling through Plainfield, Ind., no biggie. I’d say some of the women in the office thought differently though (mainly those who live around that area — understandable), but I digress. Let’s move on to actual internship activities because that’s why you’re really reading this, right?

Last week was the start of week three at the internship. Although things weren’t as busy as they could have been, the week seemed to fly by. Monday was Olympic Day, so the office was all about the World Record being attempted in Pittsburgh (spoiler alert: A new record was set!). Once we got the news about 735 participants having successfully cartwheeled at the same time (with no collisions or injuries), I filled in the blanks on the release and up it went on the website. I also took the initiative to create a Storify for the event. Although there weren’t that many people tweeting from the Roberto Clemente Bridge, the tweets that did exist were quality ones. With that and my sleuthing skills on Twitter, I was able to find a good number of tweets and pictures from Pittsburgh to use in the curation. I think the final product turned out pretty well, and I hope USA Gym readers liked their first taste at a Storify. I also collected clips from all the places that published stories or videos on the World Record event in Pittsburgh. AP writer Will Graves, who got separate, individual time with Gabby, had a nice story about her comeback. The World Record was seen internationally and was even on the Today Show. I’d say that’s successful promotion.

The press release trend continued with releases on some trampoline national team members traveling to Switzerland to compete (and how they did as well as some juniors that did well), Bill Cosby holding a benefit concert for the Temple men’s gymnastics program and a recap on the Gymnastics for All Nationals that were held in Orlando two weekends ago.

After the excitement from Olympic Day, I got to do something even more interesting — listen to a webinar on Google Grants and take notes to later share with the marketing department about the program. I kid with my sarcasm, though. It was actually pretty interesting, and some of the things you can do with the program are pretty cool.

10516734_10152583906641934_4832670033515713191_nThat’s pretty much all the work stuff I did last week besides the usual scanning of pictures and “get it done before you leave in August” tasks. I’ll be in Louisville for the USA Gymnastics Championships for seven days helping with the event in about two weeks. I also get to go home TOMORROW for the Fourth of July. It’s only been four-ish weeks, but it’s felt much longer. It’ll also be the first time I ride on a plane by myself, so that’s fun.

As always, check out my personal blog that includes all this stuff plus pictures from my trip to the Indianapolis Zoo. Stay tuned.

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