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Winter OlympicsIt’s Winter Olympics time and we pay attention.  It should be noted that it’s a much easier task for us to follow the Summer Games because here in Arizona we have world-class summer heat and haboobs.

Even in February sometimes it’s hard for desert dwellers to relate to what’s going on in the Winter Olympics when it’s nearly 80-degrees outside.  But after daydreaming about the crisp air, bone-chilling wind and the highest level of international competition, I awoke to sitting at my desk at HMA Public Relations, thinking about which Winter Olympics events would resemble PR events.  Here are my whimsical comparisons:

Winter Olympics Versions of PR Events

Speed Skating – SPJ Publicity Summit (short, fast races)

Ski Jumping– Getting a fashion story covered in the sports section (long stretch from take-off to landing)

Curling – Highly targeted pitch for a quarterly or semi-annual publication (slow moving sport that rewards precision)

Snowboarding – Pitching alternative newspapers (radical is the norm)

Figure Skating – Knowledge and proper usage of the AP Stylebook (compulsories, required competence)

Luge – Live local TV interview (fast with little margin for error)

Skeleton – Live national TV interview (even faster)

Bobsled – Live radio interview (just as fast but audience can’t see you)

Biathlon – Pitching client-industry trade publications (ski for five or 10 kilometers then shoot at small targets)

Ice Hockey – Account teams working together to meet clients’ goals (the team who scores the most wins)

Is there anything else PR pros can relate to on this topic?

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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