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Ep. 32 - Nick McCarvel

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

"The worst that we can get is a no. And so if you get a no, then then you turn around and you try it again."

Nick McCarvel makes his living telling stories, but his own story is a great lesson in perseverance, from pitch rejections to side gigs, that have led him to his current role as US News Producer for the Olympic Channel. In this episode, Nick shares how he got his start, showing up unannounced at the office of one publication in pursuit of an internship then cold calling an editor which led to his first byline in a major daily. He also shares how he has transitioned from his print roots to now working in broadcast. Nick also describes the unique aspects of his two most-covered sports, tennis and figure skating. He also outlines how he works to tell stories in a way that engages not only the audience but also the athletes he is working with.

Listen to the episode here and find show notes below

Nick McCarvel

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The Olympic Channel

NBC Olympics

2012 London Olympics

Serena Williams 2012 Gold

Bryan Brothers 2012 Gold

Andy Murray defeats Roger Federer for 2012 Gold

2014 Sochi Olympics

Javier Fernandez

1992 Albertville Olymmpics

1992 Barcelona Olympics

2020 Tokyo Olympics

2022 Beijing Olympics

Monica Puig 2016 Gold

2016 Rio Olympics

Nick with Petra Kvitova

Katie Spellman on Credentials Only

Davis Cup

Billie Jean King Cup

Rafael Nadal 2008 Gold

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez 2016 Gold

2004 Athens Olympics

Nicolas Massu

Dominic Thiem

Nick on Massu Coaching Thiem

Massu 2004 Gold

Michael Phelps

The Most Overwhelmed I ever Felt by Michael Phelps on

Hanyu Yuzuru

Hanyu 2014 Gold

Dick Button

Dick Button 1948 Gold

Dick Button 1952 Gold

Patrick Chan

Brian Orser

2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

Hanyu 2018 Gold

Hanyu and Winnie the Pooh (Time)

Howard Fendrich

Chris Clarey

Bob Costas

Mary Carrillo

Stuart Scott

Trey Wingo

The Last Dance

Leslie Visser

Hannah Storm

Summer Sanders

Figure It Out on Nickelodeon

Tennis Magazine

New York Times

Straight Sets Blog

Bob Goetz

Nick's work on Straight Sets Blog

Wozniacki wins New Haven title (again) in NY Times

Pete Sampras

2011 BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden

Nick on Sampras in NY Times (2011)

Seattle Times

Daily Beast

Newsweek, Daily Beast Merge


Liza Horan

Australian Open

BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells

Matt Van Tuinen of MVTPR

Volvo Car Open in Charleston

Eleanor Adams


Alex Willis

USA Today

Doug Robson

Sharapova Admits She Failed Drug Test (USA Today)


Gabriella Papadakis

Papdaski Dress Mishap (USA Today)

Simone Biles

Eleanor Preston

Adam Rippon

Andrea Joyce

Nathan Chen

Gigi Salmon

Russell D'Albertanson

Ed Cohen

Brian Clark

Nick on Ice Desk at Skate America

US Open Now

Nick on Wimbledon Channel

Nick on RG Confidential


US Open Pride event

Martina Navratilova

Billie Jean King

Brian Vahaly

Vahaly on Beyond the Baseline podcast

Casey Dellacqua

Rennae Stubbs

Kevin Anderson

Wimbledon Inclusive Leadership event

Pyeongchang Figure Skating

Nick at 2017 Australian Open

Nick interviews Serena

Nick interviews Roger

Yusra Mardini

Nick interviews Yusra Mardini

Michelle Kwan

Set Pieces

Up First from NPR

Start Here from ABC News

The Daily from Michael from Barbaro

NY Times


Daily Beast

Front Office Sports

Morning Brew

The Daily Skimm


WTA Insider

Ben Rothenberg

Jon Wertheim

Ally Love

Adam Rippon

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

How to Survive a Plague by David France

NY Magazine

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