Scotia native Shannon Archer interns at Olympics

Archer worked alongside NBC commentators and on-air talent, in addition to the United States Olympic swimmers, to arrange interviews and even drive the Olympians around.

A typical day, even though no day was completely regimented, according to Archer, would begin around 7 a.m., when she would arrive at the Cube to prepare for the live showing of swimming finals, which were aired during prime time in the United States, Archer said.

Preparation included setting up commentator booths and compiling statistics and results for her on-air talent to refer to during the broadcast.

During the broadcast, Archer could be found behind the scenes working with producers and directors in the control room or as right-hand-man to the on-air talent in the booth. Archer said her duties for the swimming finals and diving sessions were similar to those she held during swimming competitions.

"It has been very exciting to be able to have a front row seat at what has proved to be the fastest, most exciting Olympics yet," Archer said.

While Archer said she is not sure of how NBC's coverage differed from international coverage of the Games, she said NBC has really taken the lead in coverage through the use of its sister stations and live streaming video on the Internet.

The International Olympic Committee reported that 102 million people watched live broadcasts of the Games on NBC's Web site, with another 146 million people watching online video on demand or delayed online coverage.

"Watching on TV is one thing, but can you imagine just being there," said Archer's mother, Patricia Archer.

One Olympic moment that touched several American hearts via the television screen really stuck with Archer as well.

"It was definitely exciting to see Michael Phelps win the 100 fly," Archer said. "He touched out Serbia's Milorad Cavic by 0.01 seconds for his seventh gold medal. ... You can't get any closer or more exciting than that."

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