Which sport?

October 23, 2009

Dara Torres faces “long road ahead” after knee surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Five-times Olympian Dara Torres was “doing fine” after radical knee surgery but was still uncertain if she will compete at the 2012 London Games.

“It’s a long road ahead of me but I’m glad I finally got the operation over with,” the 42-year-old told Reuters Thursday in a telephone interview from her Boston hospital bed.

Torres, who has won medals at five different Olympics, had two pieces of cartilage placed into her left knee Tuesday and will be sidelined for 12-18 months.

FWIW, I guess that we’re all supposed to know exactly who Dara Torres is, and for what Olympic sport she won her medals?

Excuse me, but I don’t. And I wouldn’t really know by reading the body of this Reuters story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091022/sp_nm/us_swimming_torres_1

Oops…there it is! In the URL. Silly me.

Amiamian

It is a fair point that we should not presume it’s obvious to every reader which sport we are talking about in a story. Our headlines usually include the name of the sport, but that is often snipped for online use, leaving the information nowhere to be found in the text: GBU Editor

Olympic swimmer Dara Torres smiles during an interview in New York, August 6, 2009. REUTERS/Jamie Fine

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The beauty of the Internet is that you could just search for more information about the topic.

Of course, Reuters could always try to make it easier!

When a headline is snipped, why not add the original headline to the text at the top of the article?

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