Open Letter

A BIG thank you to those who take the time to read my blog. I haven’t been posting stories because I have been busy trying to learn basic Russian, studying work materials, getting all my legal docs in order, doing laundry and packing for Sochi. Only 15 more days until I leave to fulfill a childhood dream of reporting for hockey as part of the Olympic workforce team! I carefully contemplated the political controversies and safety concerns, but concluded that if I didn’t follow through on this distinct opportunity I would be tormented by thoughts of regret. Instead, I’m choosing to focus on positive things like the fact that I will be in the presence of athletes from around the world with unwavering spirits who have worked extremely hard to make it to their competitions. I’m grateful to my family in Buffalo and to my friends for supporting my aspirations (especially Alicia, Jane and Jenny who have been my rocks during this long process). I may tweet more than blog while I’m in Sochi — I’m not sure yet. Either way, I hope you continue to follow me and enjoy the adventures and photos I share with you! [My Twitter name is @ga1onthego.]

Sweater Weather: Sochi Bound

In 2009, I was selected by the International Olympic Committee to work at the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games at Whistler in Vancouver. The amazing people I met from all over the world, my job at the Games, and the beautiful Vancouver area that I temporarily called home each changed my life in positive ways. When the time came to apply for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, I had to go for it! I underwent an intense year-long interview process similar to Vancouver. Thankfully, my efforts were worth it – I was selected to work as a flash reporter for the Olympics covering the sport of hockey. I look forward to joining the others on the news team in Sochi. I am growing increasingly excited now that it is less than 90 days until I leave! Each host country does things differently, so I anticipate this will be a distinct experience from 2010. I hope to keep you updated on my journey through my blog.