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Change in the lineup
February 06, 2014, 05:00 AM By Nathan Mollat Daily Journal

If you’re a regular reader of the Daily Journal, you will soon see some changes in the sports section as sports reporter Julio Lara is moving on to become a project manager for a marketing and branding startup.

It’s the end of Daily Journal Sports Department 2.0. Version 1.0 was uber-reporter Emanuel Lee. After a brief glitch, Julio began version 2.0 and there were not a whole lot of bugs.

Julio joined the Daily Journal in 2009 as a graphic/production assistant before sliding smoothly into the No. 2 chair in the sports department at the beginning of 2011.

“Smoothly” as far as I was concerned. It was anything but for Julio, who was still working toward his degree at San Francisco State University. But he took care of business on both ends, earning his degree in creative writing while also becoming a solid, award-winning sports writer. Julio brought a certain flair to his writing, undoubtedly a result of his degree.

As good as his writing was, his graphic work might have been better — which is what led him to his new position. A wiz with Photoshop, Julio could turn a bland, boring layout (one that I would do) into an attention grabber. He never seemed fully satisfied with his work, as he always felt he had settled for less than his best.

The fact of the matter was, it was always more than just “good enough.”

A true team player, Julio did what was needed to get the job done. My biggest thanks to him is covering for me last spring as my dad was dying. I took a lot of time off, shuttling back and forth between home and Reno. It made things much easier knowing the Daily Journal sports section was being capably handled by Julio. I knew the job would get done and he’d hold down the fort, and he did it all without complaint.

For that, I’ll always be grateful.

So, I am now in the process of programming version 3.0 Daily Journal Sports Department. Versions 1.0 and 2.0 were pretty damn good. Let’s hope No. 3 works out just as well.

***

A pair of Canadian national team snowboarders took Twitter shots at American Shaun White, after the snowboarding megastar withdrew from the inaugural appearance of slopestyle — a discipline during which riders move down the hill over rails and huge jumps, performing tricks all the while trying to get the bottom as quickly as possible.

Canadian rider Sebastian Toutant basically tweeted White was afraid of losing.

While White had just as good a chance to win Olympic gold in slopestyle — he dominated the circuit several years ago before deciding to focus on the halfpipe — he just wasn’t the prohibitive favorite like he is in the halfpipe.

White has had a sketchy season in slopestyle competitions this season. He took a big hit while training for the Olympic qualifier and took another on the Olympic course Tuesday while practicing, a course that is already being questioned as being too big and too fast by many other riders and national teams. It has already claimed another favorite, Norwegian Torstein Horgmo, to a broken collarbone.

Half of a Shaun White Olympic performance is better than none, so to bow out of the slopestyle event was the smart call to increase his chances of staying healthy for the halfpipe — his signature event.

Nathan Mollat can be reached by phone: 344-5200 ext. 117 or by email: nathan@smdailyjournal.com. You follow him on Twitter@CheckkThissOutt.

 

 

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