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Good morning!

If I can get vacation time approved later this month, I'm thinking of traveling to Colorado Springs to see the training center and hopefully network with some brass from Team USA and the United States Olympic Committee.

Any advice on what to do, or not do?

After 10 years of working in local news, I'm definitely looking for a career that is Olympic/Paralympic-involved.  I know they take interns and younger people, but their Olympic passion isn't near as intense.

I kept a full journal of the Olympics and Paralympics, so I was wondering about bringing that- if anything, just to show off my diligence.

 

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1 hour ago, A-Money1983 said:

Good morning!

If I can get vacation time approved later this month, I'm thinking of traveling to Colorado Springs to see the training center and hopefully network with some brass from Team USA and the United States Olympic Committee.

Any advice on what to do, or not do?

After 10 years of working in local news, I'm definitely looking for a career that is Olympic/Paralympic-involved.  I know they take interns and younger people, but their Olympic passion isn't near as intense.

I kept a full journal of the Olympics and Paralympics, so I was wondering about bringing that- if anything, just to show off my diligence.

 

 

Uhmmm... with security measures in place, you have to have MORE reason than just showing your zeal and interest.  It's "What you can do for the USOC -- not what the USOC can do for you."  If you can stuff envelopes there, they could probably use you at their offices -- but they're not going to let you wonder around the training facility..unless you're a legitimate reporter or something like that.  And they (and the various IFs hqrted in Colorado Springs do advertise open positions).  It's best if you can even make the finalist cut in any of those interviews.  That would be a legitimate reason for them to let you into the grounds or offices.  

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According to the Training Center's Web site=

FALL / WINTER TOUR HOURS - September - May 31

Monday - Saturday:  Tours are conducted each hour beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The last tour departs at 4:00 p.m. Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
 
I could just tour the place and let someone know I'm interested, and am coming all the way from Texas to show that I am.
 
No way would I roam around the place unsupervised.

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3 hours ago, A-Money1983 said:

According to the Training Center's Web site=

FALL / WINTER TOUR HOURS - September - May 31

Monday - Saturday:  Tours are conducted each hour beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The last tour departs at 4:00 p.m. Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
 
I could just tour the place and let someone know I'm interested, and am coming all the way from Texas to show that I am.
 
No way would I roam around the place unsupervised.
 

Yeah, I was about to say that they do have those guided tours.  

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I actually messaged a couple of people with Olympic ties.

One announced archery for NBC Sports during the Games, and professionally mentored one of my good friends and co-workers who actually gave me the contact info.

The other grew up in a small town an hour away from me, and retired from speed skating, and now volunteers for Team USA.  During the Rio Games, he worked at the Team USA House and kept live stats for this year's field hockey competition.

Neither one has replied, and I did catch the "seen bubble" from one on Facebook Messenger.  It's becoming rather frustrating.  It seems like to do anything with Team USA or NBC, you have to be in a secret club.  

 

If I ever got my foot in the door I know I can contribute during the off-years, and always go above and beyond!

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