Updated Wednesday, February 12, 2014 ----- 4:30 p.m.
We've introduced you to one of our former interns who's getting the chance of a lifetime, by working at the Olympic Games.
Olga Khmylev is taking us along this amazing experience, giving us a sneak peek through her pictures. Olga was hired as a production assistant, helping set up cameras and assisting producers. She's fluent in Russian and that skill has come in very handy; translating for photographers, and locating players for interviews.
She says she also helped with the opening ceremonies and her favorite part was the story of Russia's history. She has an all-access pass, and has really taken advantage of that. She says that if she left tomorrow, she would be the happiest girl in the world; but she still has about two weeks left, and can't wait to see what happens during that time.
Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 ---- 5:30 p.m.
One of our former interns here at NBC 15 is getting a chance of a lifetime, working at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
Olga Khmylev says she couldn't believe it when she was chosen to work in Russia at the Olympic games, and she's eager to make her own footprints in this historic event.
It's a rare opportunity, working at the Olympic games in Russia, the country where she was born and her family knows very well. Her father won gold in hockey at the 1992 games.
"My dad, he remembers all the events from 1992 and says it's going to be the most amazing time of my life," Olga explained. Olga was born in Moscow, and that will help her out during these games. "I speak the language, I know the mannerisms; how people act, what to do," she said.
Olga came to Madison in the summer of 2012 and interned in our sports department, helping cover area events. She'll be working in production, behind the scenes helping set up cameras and assisting producers, during the hockey games, a sport that she's loved since she was a child. She explains, "I've been involved in all the aspects; statistics, journalism, reporting. Now I get the behind the scenes aspect of it and I couldn't be more thrilled, I love hockey!"
Each job and each day will be different, "I'll get my feet wet in every single position," Olga explained. Hockey has a special place in her heart, remembering the joy she felt when she found out that would be her sport at the games. She said, "I started reading and it said I got hockey and I thought oh my god! And then I read more and it said production and I said you've got to be kidding me!"
It will be a lot of work, "they said 12 hour days, you'll do overtime," Olga explained. But she's thankful for this opportunity, being able to honor and represent a country that she loves so much. She adds, "I'm excited, I can't believe I'm going, I just can't believe it!"