Cranford High School Alumni Working Behind the Scenes at Winter Olympics

Nicole Schimmenti will log statistical data for men and women's ice hockey during the 2018 Winter Olympics. Credits: Nicole Schimmenti

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA – Want to learn more about the 2018 Winter Olympics? Ask Cranford High School alumni Nicole Schimmenti.

Schimmenti, a junior studying sports management at Niagara University, traveled to Seoul last year for a semester abroad at Myongji University. One year later, she was offered a once-in-a-lifetime internship with the Olympic Broadcasting Service.

“I knew that the Olympics were being held here so I hoped that by spending time in Korea beforehand and learning the language I could receive an opportunity to go to the Olympics,” Shimmenti said. “I’m most looking forward being able to experience the biggest sporting event in the world in a professional environment, as well as being able to see the action as a spectator. It’s an opportunity that not a lot of people have, especially at such a young age."

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During her internship, Schimmenti will log statistical data during men and women’s ice hockey, according to a press release from Niagara University. Specifically, she’ll be focused on metadata enrichment of specific assets for live events, which allows broadcasters to efficiently locate footage based on keywords, such as a player’s feat, name or country.

“I hope to get a good grasp on how the logging system works since it is used by most sport media companies,” Schimmenti said in the press release. “It also looks really good on a resume.”

Following the Olympics, Schimmenti will attend Myongji University’s Korean Language Institute before returning home in May. However, she doesn’t plan to stay for long.

“In 10 years I’d like to be out of the country still,” she said. “I want to come back to Korea after I graduate and I’d also like to go to Japan and China if I get the chance. I hope to work in athletics in one of those three countries.”

At CHS, Schimmenti was an athlete on the varsity tennis and softball teams. She also performed in both marching and concert band. Cranford’s community encouraged her to explore the world, she said.

“I am very grateful to my band teacher, Mr. Chernosky,” Schimmenti said. “He never felt like just a teacher. He always gave great advice and truly cared about every one of his students in a way that a lot of teachers don’t. I’m very grateful for the four years I got to spend with him and learn from him and have always wanted to go back and thank him but never got the chance.”

The 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. More than 2,000 athletes from 92 countries will participate in the world's foremost sporting event.

“I hope that PyeongChang and all future Olympics are truly a success,” Schimmenti said. “I believe through sports we can achieve peace to some degree. I hope the themes of inclusivity, peace, and respect can continue through future games and encourage the world to come together, at least during the Olympic period.”

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