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Olympic Outsiders

If you can't be inside the Olympic Games, then follow Seattle Times producers, reporters, videographers and Olympic fans as we take you to the streets of Vancouver, B.C., to show you what's happening on the ground and give you a taste of the scene swirling around the 2010 winter games.

March 1, 2010 at 10:00 AM

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Saving the best for last

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Submitted by Katrina Thompson

Saturday was a very long day. I was at work at 7 a.m., but there weren't any reports dues out until later in the day.

I have been very lucky to work with a really great team of people. We come for all over the world—Japan, Canada, the UK, and of course the U.S. We come from many backgrounds—students, an attorney, an artist, a published author, a snowboarding instructor, petrochemical engineer and retirees. Realistically, we have very little in common, other than wanting to be part of the Olympics and having the Olympic Spirit! I never thought that making copies could be so rewarding!

On Saturday, I just could not leave. There was a really great energy in the Village and in our offices. The U.S. bobsleigh team had won gold, ending a 62-year medal drought. The team was having a press conference in my building! I was lucky enough to be able go downstairs to watch and listen to the team speak about their experiences and winning the medal. What a great bunch of guys! After the press conference I was lucky enough to have my picture taken with Steve Holcomb—he even let me hold the medal. Amazing!

As much as I have missed my friends and family the last few weeks, I have really enjoyed this experience. It's been hard, but rewarding. So, Seattle, until London 2012.

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