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DISPATCH FROM DANIEL ... "Closing Time." Today was my last day in PyeongChang and South Korea before I fly out in the morning. It was spent working and traveling to Incheon, the city where the main airport is located. I traveled to the airport via the Korail, which is the South Korean public train system. The trains and the stations are beautiful and clean, with helpful staff who run an efficient, well-organized system. Upon arriving at the airport I befriended a fellow Ohioan who was headed to the same shuttle area as me, and coincidentally also happens to be on the same flight back as myself. The hotel I’m staying in is beautiful, and for the first time in 14 days I get to sleep in a bed instead of on the floor, use a full size towel, and have a shower that has some form of separator from the rest of the bathroom. As my trip comes to a close, I’m going through all of my photos and recalling the memories that were made during these Olympics. I cannot escape the sentiment of the official slogan of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, "Passion. Connected." At every single train station, venue, restaurant, etc., I not only saw, but felt the passion this country has gained from hosting the Olympics. It is evident in all South Koreans, the volunteers, and the visitors of the games. Everyone is willing to connect and learn a brief synopsis of your culture, while sharing a tidbit of theirs. Through my volunteering with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) I was able to interact and socialize with numerous athletes, media personnel, political figures, executives, members of the USOC, and some of the biggest names in sports, all while also getting to experience the Olympics as a regular fan. The unique ability to work for part of the day and observe various competitions for the other part allowed me to attend numerous events and soak in all that PyeongChang had to offer. If you ever have the opportunity to attend the Olympic games, I highly recommend you take advantage of it! The connections I’ve made and the conversations I've had are unforgettable. This trip has been the most amazing journey of my life. I've enjoyed the opportunity to share my experience with you from over 6,000 miles away. I hope I was able to provide a glimpse of what life at the Olympics is like behind the cameras and events. Over the coming days I will be sharing more photos from my trip and stories that weren’t previously shared -- for example my experience at a Korean Spa -- in an article in the March issue of Village Voice. Thank you for giving me the chance to share my journey with you. -- Daniel Intrater. #vvoh

DISPATCH FROM DANIEL ... "6,610 Miles Apart." Today was my last full day in PyeongChang, and with just my luck the weather has finally begun to warm up. I headed to the coast this morning to watch the USA vs. Finland women’s semi-final hockey game. The game was great and the arena was filled with American spectators. Luckily this match had a better outcome than the mens USA vs. Russia matchup a few days ago. The USA women’s team advanced to the gold medal game easily, defeating Finland 5-0. After the game ended we decided to explore everything the Olympic Park has to offer. I was able to try my first Korean beef-bulgogi dish inside of the cultural restaurant at the park, which is home to ethnic food from around the world. We then made a quick trip into the main Olympic super store and were able to purchase some merchandise and souvenirs, which was immensely overwhelming as the store was filled with people and products from wall to wall. We then visited the Team Korea house, where we could try on traditional Korean dress known as a Hanbok. From there we headed to the Tokyo 2020 house where I was taught how to make origami. Conveniently, the origami I folded was made out of a photo taken of me! I then went back to the mountains for my last full shift at the USA House. It was there where I was able to meet up with fellow OHHS alum, Christine Brennan, who is covering the games for USA Today. Just over 6,610 miles away from Ottawa Hills, and the two of us were able to meet at the USA House and converse while watching the nights Olympic events. We shared many stories about Ottawa Hills and our Olympic experiences, while also sharing with other house guests. The Olympics have continued to prove to be a great place for all to connect and communicate, with tonight being another example of how truly special this opportunity has been. -- Daniel Intrater. #vvoh

DISPATCH FROM DANIEL ... "Inside the USA House." I've been in PyeongChang more than a week, and figured it is time to show you exactly where I have been spending the bulk of my time and describe what I’ve been doing. These photos are of the Team USA Hospitality House, where I am a volunteer. The house is in the Nations Village at the bottom of the YongPyong All-Seasons resort. In the warmer months the resort is home to a golf course and water park, but in the winter it’s main attraction is as a beautiful ski resort. The USA House sits at the base of this stunning resort. The USA House is closed to the public, with access being invite only. It’s main purpose is to serve as a place where athletes and their family and friends, sponsors, donors, and VIPs can come to relax, eat, drink, and watch all of the different Olympic coverage. It also serves as a home base to many of the members of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) who are in PyeongChang for the games. This years house is actually part of the same structure from the 2014 Sochi Olympics. It is a reusable, sustainable structure that has travelled around the world with Team USA. The house is capable of holding about 140 people and has a small space in the back for private events. My role as one of the 12 volunteers is to help with registration, manage the doors and private events, and help out with the overall well-being of the house and the guests inside of it. The house holds a special ceremony for every American that medals in this years games, in which a hat and watch are given to the athlete, followed by a short speech. The photo of the athletes is from this years Opening Ceremony. Whenever one of the athletes visits the house they sign the large photo. At the end of the Winter Games, the photo will go back to the main Olympic training center in the U.S., where it will be on display to inspire future Olympians. There are also numerous private events held at the house for different sponsor groups, USA teams, and governing bodies. Through this opportunity I have gotten to meet or see many athletes, including Shaun White, Michelle Kwan, and Jamie Anderson. I have also seen or met many of the special guests who have come through the house, including Katie Couric, Casey Wasserman, and Vice President Mike Pence. This opportunity is one that I will never forget and has truly provided me with an amazing Olympic experience. I look forward to my next couple of days of work here and will miss volunteering for such an amazing organization like the USOC. -- Daniel Intrater. #vvoh

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