To cover the Games, PEOPLE has its own team in Los Angeles. The captain is Senior Editor Mark Donovan, 31, who joined the magazine in 1977 after spending three years at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. "There has been so much advance coverage," says Donovan, "that we are now rooting for an unknown to emerge. What I would like to see is a superstar in the making."
Assisting Donovan are:
•Mary Carroll Marden, 39, who is editing pictures on the scene. Outfitted in red helmet and burgundy jacket, she also transports our film from the magazine's downtown L.A. labs to the printing plant in Torrance astride a motorcycle.
•Deirdre Donahue, 26, who has been the reporter and writer on the Olympic beat all year. A track enthusiast, she has continued her routine of running five miles a day while at the Games.
•Susan Reed, 27, a squash player ranked 16th nationally this year and a lifelong sports junkie. She began her L.A. stint tracking Zola Budd.
•Jeff Jarvis, 30, the admitted "non-jock" of the group. He is overseeing our in-the-field reporting-and editing on portable computers—another first for us. Though he doesn't follow any sports "at all," Jarvis says even he is excited by the Games. "It is," he says happily, "the sporting event for non-sports fans too."