Arnold Schwarzenegger

Where am I and Who's Winning

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 December, 2004, 12:00am

Where am I and Who's Winning

by Andrew Baker

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To the armchair fan, the life of the sports writers is one of pure joy: all expenses-paid trips to the most exciting events in the world, the best seats in the house and one-on-one interviews with Anna Kournikova. Andrew Baker, a sports writer for Britain's Daily Telegraph, describes what it's really like to make your way through the world of sport, always on deadline, always between time zones, on a chaotic tour of the world's most bizarre sporting venues. Permanently handicapped by jet lag and ignorance, he travels by bullet train, bobsled, go-kart and (most dangerous of all) bus, in his constant quest to arrive at the match on time. He covers football, F-1, tennis, two Olympics and two Commonwealth games, plus the queen of all sports - synchronised swimming. Between soul-enhancing visits to the Dead Goat Saloon and the Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum, he has breakfast with rower Steve Redgrave and dines with runner Sebastian Coe.