Author Archive for mckenziesteele

Heading Home

As much as I’ve loved my time in Korea, I’m very happy to be going home. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything, but I am exhausted. I feel so lucky to have been part of this program and to learn so much about the Olympics, organizing groups, sponsors, and so much more.   Before heading back to Seoul, I…

Finally Good Korean BBQ

It only took us until our last night here, but we finally found good Korean BBQ! I wish we would have found it earlier, because I would’ve come back here a few times.   I honestly couldn’t tell you what we had, but the meat, sides, and sauce all made for a tasty meal! I’m excited to go back to…

World Record Painting

In the athlete village, there was a group that was trying to set a world record with their collaborative painting. They encouraged athletes to come participate and paint part of it. On the last day, they had all of the pieces on display for everyone to enjoy.   I thought this was a fun way to get the athletes involved…

Wild Slovenians

At my shift today, security called me over to approve something (which I have no authority to do…haha). There was a group of Slovenians in crazy costumes that security wasn’t sure if they were allowed to wear, based on IOC rules. I tried to explain that I was only there to count the number of people coming through and that…

Heineken House

Leading up to the Games, we kept hearing about how fun Heineken House (Holland House) was and how we had to make sure to go.   A big group of us decided to go last night and it lived up to the name! It was fun to be able to do something all together as a group and to hear…

Japan House

Today, I had the chance to visit Japan House! I had heard how delicious the food was, so I was excited to be going and getting a meal that may somehow be less foreign to me.   We were able to eat dumplings, soup, sushi, and a few other Japanese items, which were all a nice change of pace from…

First “Real” Shift

Today I finally had my first real shift (meaning at an event). I grew up skiing, so that’s the event I was most excited for and luckily got matched to work all alpine shifts!   We had a training session on the first night, but to be able to actually understand my venue made it easier to collect the data…

Korean Nails

I’ve always admired Korean nail art and knew I wanted to get my nails done while we were here. I’ve been scoping out designs for months and was very excited to have them done!   While I didn’t find a place in Seoul that was reasonably priced, I happened to find one in Gangneung! I made an appointment and got…

Finally, My First Shift!

I finally had my first shift today (since my first 2 got canceled). It was a transport shift, which isn’t as fun as the sporting events but still very useful information for us to gather. I was at the Media Village, which is where most of the media stays and is a major connecting point for all buses.   About…