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Janelle Wang's Sochi Blog: A Day in the Life

By Janelle Wang
|  Monday, Feb 17, 2014  |  Updated 12:52 PM PDT
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Janelle Wang's Sochi Blog: A Day in the Life

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Janelle Wang and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi


Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a reporter covering the Olympics? Here’s a breakdown of what my typical day looks like in Sochi.

7:30 AM: Get out of bed and get ready

8:15 AM: Check e-mails and gather information on Olympic events -- the winners, TEAM USA, NorCal Athletes, and any stories of interest.

8:45 AM: Hop on the secured Olympic Shuttle to the IBC (International Broadcast Center)

9:00 AM: Arrive at IBC -- Conference call with NBC Bay Area to determine what stories to highlight on primetime newscast

9:30 AM: Write Olympic stories for primetime newscast.  (Usually 11:30 a.m.  Sochi time, 11:30 p.m. on the West Coast)

10:45 AM: Walk to live shot location in Olympic Park

11:30 AM: On the air LIVE

Noon: Return to the IBC

VIDEO: Kristi Yamaguchi on San Jose's Polina Edmunds' Chances for a Medal

12:30 PM: Speak to my producers for “Today in the Bay”

1:00 PM: Write my Olympic stories for “Today in the Bay”

2:15 PM: Try to grab lunch

2:30 PM: Run out with photographer to shoot story and interview atheletes

4:00 PM: Head back to live shot location

5 - 7 PM: On the air LIVE for “Today in the Bay.”  Usually six live shots in two hours.

7:00 PM: Walk back to the IBC

7:30 PM: Meet with Olympic producers about next day, write “flavor” story for the next day, social network, work on blogs.

10:00 PM (if I’m lucky): Take Olympic Shuttle back to hotel (take dinner to go)

10:30 PM: Watch Olympics and talk to my husband

Midnight: Go to bed!
Next day:  Repeat

Some days are longer, never shorter, but always memorable.

VIDEO: Janelle Soaks in the Opening Ceremony Fireworks Show

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