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Westport Student Heads To London For Olympics

WESTPORT, Conn. – For the first time in his life, Westport resident David Gofman won’t be watching the Summer Olympic Games on television. Instead, the 2009 Staples graduate will be in London to see the games in person and will be working behind the scenes as an intern with NBC Sports.

“It’s a little surreal,” Gofman, 20, an incoming senior at Ithaca College, said Tuesday evening. He left for London Wednesday and is set to arrive Thursday. “I’ve talked to a lot of people and they’ve said going to the Olympics is one of their dreams. It’s definitely one of mine.”

Gofman, a television and radio major, is one of 35 students from Ithaca chosen by NBC Sports to intern at the event, which takes place July 27 to Aug. 12, a statement from the college said. Half of these students are traveling to London and the other half will be stationed at NBC's 30 Rock headquarters in New York, the college said.

Although the games don’t start until next week, Gofman’s first day begins Friday with pre-event preparations. During the games themselves, he’ll work as a “runner.” Runners, he said, are assigned to work a particular event, and he’s been assigned to help work indoor volleyball.

As a seven-year volleyball player himself, Gofman said his assignment is a perfect match for him.

“I played volleyball all four years at Staples and play at Ithaca, so indoor volleyball would have been my first choice for an assignment, had we been asked,” Gofman said. “It couldn’t have worked out better.”

Gofman said he won’t know the specifics of his duties until he arrives in London, but said he’ll be doing general behind-the-scenes work. “I’ll be doing whatever they need me to do,” he said.

As a television and radio major, Gofman hopes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism, particularly in radio. He first got a taste for radio as a student at Staples, where he worked as sports director at the student-run station WWPT .

Not only is the internship an amazing opportunity for him professionally, he said that getting to witness the Olympics will be life-changing.

“Just being there and seeing the games and being able to watch volleyball, it’s going to be incredible,” he said. “Being able to be a part of the production process is an added bonus.”

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