On May 12th I turned the page on my junior year of college at Loyola University Maryland and headed north to Albany, New York for what I felt would be an unpredictable 9.5 weeks at home leading up to my internship with NBC at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
My business partner and life-long friend Pat agreed that we’d return for our seventh consecutive summer running Pat & Bob’s Lawn Care – something we started as teenagers without driver’s licenses. We set an ambitious goal for ourselves in terms of what we thought we could collectively bring in and we were able to meet it.
Now, with my clock ticking rapidly, I’m gearing up for a month-long adventure in a foreign place. The pinnacle of sport. The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
So much has been said about this summer’s Games over the last year and the media has certainly had a field day with controversial and serious topics such as the Zika virus, unsanitary waters and instability in the Brazilian government. Despite these challenges, the Games must and will trudge on.
Coming off a year where I spent the fall semester of 2015 traveling throughout the continents of Europe and Africa while taking classes in my host city of Madrid, I feel like I’m in a good position to adapt to Brazilian culture and be an asset to my NBC team in anyway possible during our stay.
As a TODAY Show Runner, I’m one of 12 interns from countries like the United Kingdom, Brazil and the United States. Although I don’t have a great idea as to what my daily tasks will be, I’m ecstatic about the opportunity and willing to do whatever it takes to make a difference. I plan to represent NBC with a great deal of pride throughout my stay and onward.
Follow along here to hear about my every move throughout the Olympics or you can find me on Twitter (@BobTrosset).