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News-Miner reporter Matias Saari is off to see the Olympics

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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2010 2:44 pm | Updated: 1:32 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

The Editor's Desk

The Winter Olympics will probably never be closer to Alaska than this. People kept saying that more and more here at the Daily News-Miner.

And it’s why this small newspaper has sent a reporter to cover the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. News-Miner sports writer Matias Saari is on the ground in Canada this morning, preparing to tell our readers about seven Alaska athletes on Team USA, to report on the activities of Fairbanks residents who are in Vancouver and to cover the games through the eyes of an Alaskan. Saari will be one of more than 10,000 media representatives expected to cover the games, but he’ll be the only one from an Alaska newspaper. No other Alaska newspaper has made such an extraordinary commitment to bring you even closer to this spectacle of athletics.

How did we get to Vancouver? The credit begins with Saari, who long ago started things in motion by applying for an Olympics credential.

Saari knows well the connection between Alaska and winter sports. He’s written about winter sports for the News-Miner since becoming a part of our staff four years ago and has covered the past four U.S. Cross-Country Ski Championships. He is a Nordic skier and has done some snowboarding and Alpine skiing. He has completed marathon ski races, including the Sonot Kkaazoot in Fairbanks and the Tour of Anchorage. He’s one of Alaska’s top runners.

Saari is no stranger to the Olympics scene, either.

He attended the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, as a spectator and worked as the Nordic sports researcher for TNT Sports at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

In short, he knows his stuff.

And he is eager to add an Alaska flavor to the stories you’ll be reading about these Winter Olympics.

Credit for this undertaking doesn’t end with Saari, however. It also goes to the Daily News-Miner’s advertising staff, which put forth a tremendous effort to make the trip financially possible by working with businesses, who decided to run special advertisements during the Olympics.

Saari’s reporting is just part of the Olympics package you’ll be seeing in the Daily News-Miner. We’ll have a special Winter Olympics section of the newspaper each day, beginning today and running through the 16 days of the games, so readers can easily keep up with what’s happening — with the Alaskans and with the competition as a whole. We’ll give you an easy-to-find TV Olympics schedule each morning so you can catch all the drama and passion and heartbreak that make the Olympics so special.

Make sure to pick up a copy of the Daily NewsMiner each day or to subscribe to our e-edition — it’ll be the only way you can get local coverage of the games before anyone else. Come along with us to the Winter Olympics.

After all, the Winter Olympics will probably never be closer to Alaska than this.

Rod Boyce is managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. He can be reached at and at 459-7585.

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