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Janelle Wang's Sochi Blog: Off the Ice

By Janelle Wang
|  Sunday, Feb 16, 2014  |  Updated 11:10 AM PDT
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Janelle Wang's Sochi Blog: Off the Ice

Janelle Wang/NBC Bay Area

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I’ve been in Sochi more than two weeks now.

It’s been quite an exhausting adventure.  My day consists of writing, researching, and interviewing winning athletes all day.

I live and breathe the Olympics, but I feel like I haven’t really experienced Sochi, until now.

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Friday was a good day -- actually, a glorious day. I ventured out of Olympic Park and to the beaches of the Black Sea.

It was late Friday morning, Thursday night for you folks, and I was going live from the Black Sea for the 11:30 p.m. newscast. For the first time, I didn’t feel like I was scrambling, running around, walking for miles.

I just sat on the beach... and stared.  Stared at the Black Sea, which looked blue to me.  It was a beautiful, clear, sunny day in the mid 60s.

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I touched the water and just wanted to jump in, even though it was only 50 degrees. But I had no bathing suit and a live shot in 30 minutes, so it couldn’t happen, at least not today.

Just being there was enough to revive me, rejuvenate me.

I now know why it’s called the Russian Riviera.

I finally have a day off on Sunday and I’m heading straight to the Black Sea for some more R&R.

As for jumping into the water, I’ll let you know.   

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