Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dream Come True!




I am beyond thrilled that I'm going to be a volunteer in Sochi! At first the people I interviewed with mentioned having me meet top diplomats from our country (the Obamas, or other top people who would come!!!!), helping them out... But I've ended up deciding that if I'm going to give up five weeks with my family to volunteer, I really want to help out the athletes there...

At first I thought my knowledge of five languages would be of most interest to those interviewing us— but I think it's mainly that I've lived here for so long, feel truly comfortable here (which then emanates to the athletes)... And... I'm used to Moscow driving in bad winter conditions! It also helps that I'm here to attend all the training sessions!

I'll be an assistant to a US team, helping them in whatever they may need—from menial tasks that actually make a difference to driving them to practice sessions and competitions...!!! I'll get to be a day-to-day part of their Olympic experience, and I hope that my efforts will somehow make their efforts as athletes even a teeny bit easier!

My husband and girls will also come for a week, and they'll gladly take athletes' families around Sochi, serving as interpreters and being friendly guides if any would be interested...

I cannot wait to begin our training, multiple full-weekend sessions designed to familiarize us with everything we need to know: general history of the Olympic Games; getting to know Sochi; getting to know the Olympic venues; protocol in all areas; what to expect; how to plan for various situations; what we'll specifically be doing...

EVER SINCE MY HUSBAND AND I FOUND OUT THAT THE 2014 OLYMPICS WOULD BE IN RUSSIA, WE THOUGHT THAT I SHOULD VOLUNTEER IF I COULD...  I was inspired to become both a skater and a linguist by Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev's performance at Innsbruck, so this will be an actual dream come true... 

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