What Jayne Pearce and Lucia Montanarella hold in common is this: a love of the Olympic Games and groundbreaking roles in organizing the massive events.
They are the first women to serve as heads of press operations for the Olympics — Pearce for the 2012 Summer Games in London, Montanarella for next year’s Winter Games in Vancouver.
“We are different characters,” the 46-year-old Pearce said. “We represent the Italian and British approach. I’m quite English, really. She is a bit more colorful Italian. But we are both straightforward. We both value attention to detail and good old-fashioned hard work.”