Author Archive for Mitch Biersner

Spectator Attendance

Ticket sales have exceeded expectations. POCOG’s goal was to sell 80% of available tickets. They exceeded that by 120% when the Games opened. I have bought tickets to a few events, but POCOG has started allowing those with credentials to attend for free. If a ticket holder arrives, we need to find another empty seat. But so far it has…

Alpine Biathlon Centre

I was able to join three volunteers at the Biathlon Centre to interact with student groups. I thought there would be more of a program (explain the sport, practice English, etc.) with respect to accompanying them. But we were there to encourage them to cheer on the athletes. There were several groups we visited throughout the stands. It was a…

Volunteer Recognition

The check-in/check-out process is very quick. We enter the room, scan our badge and leave. But the Passion Crew management team has been finding creative ways to engage us. Today, they had a finger curling game. We had to try to flick one of three bottle tops into the house. A consolation prize was a piece of candy. I won…

Opening Ceremonies

I had the opportunity to attend Opening Ceremonies on Friday night. The weather leading up to them had been very wintry – snowy and cold. Officials were worried about no-shows and empty seats, so those with credentials were invited. If a ticket holder arrived, we would have to give up our seat and find another empty one. Luckily, that didn’t…

Volunteer Transportation

One of the challenges for the volunteers is shuttle transportation, both to our work shifts and to see any of the events. The transportation routes aren’t set up such that I know I am on Route #12 and there is a bus once an hour on the :15. I just know I’m on Route #12 and that there are 3…

Main Press Centre / POCOG Media Team

I have been assigned to the International Media Team in the Main Press Centre located in Alpensia. We help staff the News Desk, answering questions the media have about the Games and monitoring what the international press is reporting. Our functional area manager (FA) also told us that once the Olympics started, there were fewer requests as the reporters were…

UAC (Uniform and Accreditation Center)

During our move from Welli Hilli to the Hyundai Soo Resort in Sokcho (about an hour north of the Alpensia mountain cluster), we received our uniforms. First, we had to present identification. We then went around the corner to receive our printed credentials/badge. We then turned the corner to try on pants, fleece jacket, and ski jacket. They had sample…

Welli Hilli Resort

Our training was held at the Welli Hilli Resort, located a little ways west of PyeongChang. We stayed in the attached Shinan Youth Hostel. The rooms slept 5-6 on mats and a heated floor. I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort. Meals were served in the cafeteria. After training, I took a short walk around a pond in front of…

Training Day #2

Our final day of training included an overview of the Paralympic sports, basic safety, and gender equality. The short videos and explanation of each sport got everyone excited. However, tickets may be very tricky to come by. The POCOG goal to sell 80% of the total available tickets has been exceeded by 130%; they’ve sold 275,000 so far. Tickets can…

Ari-Ari

Hello! My name is Mitch Biersner. I am an alumnus of the M.T.A. program and previously traveled to the 2006 Winter Games in Torino with Dr. Lisa Delpy Neirotti as a student. Currently, I am a meeting planner for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in Albuquerque, NM. I am one of a few individuals connected to the GW program…