"And we're back, trackside at one of the most popular events on race day: the Women's Faceless 400m Relay."
"This is my first time at this event Bob, can you tell me (and our viewers) what to expect?"
"I'm glad you asked, Sharon! Let's zoom in on one of the athletes..."
"Wow! I've never seen anything like it!"
"I'm sure you haven't Sharon. These ladies have spent months training for today: they will have to navigate the track, avoid collisions with opposing teams, and successfully complete the relay fastest in order for their team to win - all without being able to see, or even call out to each other!"
"It sounds like a real challenge, Bob!"
"Oh it is, Sharon. Can you see some of the athletes have their phones out?"
"I take it they're not updating their Facebook status?"
"Ha-hah, you would be right! Those phones are connected wirelessly to tiny earpieces worn by each athlete, through which their coach will give them verbal instructions throughout the race."
"Ah, so it's all about communication and trust?"
"Exactly - the coaches have to really be on the ball and give precise instructions, which the athletes need to be able to follow without hesitation."
"I'd think that would be easier said than done?"
"Absolutely. Usually the beginning of the race is pretty 'straight-forward' (if you'll pardon the pun), but from the first turn of the track pretty much anything can happen - running off course, collisions, and last year one of the athletes handed her baton to an opponent by mistake, and effectively lost the race for her team!"
"I wonder if we'll see anything like that this year, Bob?"
"One can only hope, Sharon. One can only hope."
"Well it looks like we won't have to wait much longer - the athletes are taking their place at the starting line."