When she was just 11-years-old, Lindsay Casinelli knew she would be at the World Cup one day. She turned to her father while watching the 1994 games on television and said, "Dad, if I die tomorrow, my last wish is to be at the World Cup."
This year, her dream came true. For the past several weeks, the Venezuelan native has been in gorgeous Brazil, reporting live from the 2014 FIFA World Cup as an anchor for Univision Deportes. The Emmy Award-winner has risen the ranks in a male dominated field -- slowly becoming one of the most trusted and respected faces in sports journalism.
We spoke to Casinelli about her work with Univision, her coverage of the 2014 World Cup, and her inspirations as a Latina and a journalist:
When did you first decide you wanted to be a sports journalist?
Well, I wanted to be a dentist for some reason. I thought it was a good career for me. When I was 16, I graduated high school in Venezuela. I went to my first college class for dentistry, and fell asleep! So, I went to my friend's class, which was a journalism class. I thought, 'This is what I want to do! I want to communicate.' I decided to be a journalist. Originally, I wanted to be a print journalist. But, I was never a print journalist, and I started on T.V. It just happened this way. I'm grateful, because I enjoy what I do 100 percent.
I started at Univision in 2000, as a news anchor in Los Angeles. Then, I moved to New York doing hard news reporting and doing some freelance for ESPN. Then, I decided to come to Miami and join Univision in 2012.
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