The best part of the Olympic beat for me isn't going to the Games.
Yes, they're incredibly exciting and it's neat to watch sporting history be made firsthand, but my favourite thing is trying to get to know the athletes on the road to the Olympics.
Getting to do long interviews with them during a relaxed part of their schedule -- okay, that doesn't really exist -- and to spend some time watching them in their natural environment (this is starting to sound like National Geographic) is really the fun part.
This photo was taken Saturday of three-time world champion boxer Mary Spencer with a group of kids she is mentoring at Cape Croker Reserve. Mary's father is Ojibway and was a United Church minister at Cape Croker.
It was a magical day. We'll be featuring Spencer soon in the Star as part of a pre-London Olympic series. She's a remarkable young athlete for a lot more than her prowess in the ring.