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Summer 2012 Olympics: Qualifying Tournaments

Posted on: 5/13/2012 3:09:32 PM under News


The Summer 2012 Olympics are on the horizon! Our realtime department is captioning a handful of qualifying matches - a practice run before we caption the Games this summer. Among the qualifying events we're captioning are wrestling, men's volleyball and waterpolo.

Sports Coordinators Matt Shuman and Scott Harrington oversee the games and assign one realtime captioner to each event. Realtime Supervisors schedule a Production Coordinator to each game help the process. Before the match-up, the captioner and the Production Coordinator research the teams and players so they can add names to the dictionary. They also make sure terms specific to that sport are covered.

This weekend, we're captioning the men's volleyball tournament, where Team USA is the defending champion. If they beat out the competition, this will be the seventh consecutive time they qualified for the Olympics. It won't be easy, though. Seven other teams - Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba - are in the tournament. Cuba may be our biggest competition, they're ranked fifth in the world. The U.S. is sixth.

The Summer 2012 Olympics start on July 27. Catch the action (and our captions) on NBC.