Williamsville Woman Working at Olympics in Sochi

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - Olga Khmylev visits her native Russia every year, but her latest trip will be unforgettable.

She applied for a job at the Olympics last spring after graduating from Boston College and waited patiently for a job offer.

After months of hearing no or nothing at all, she finally got a letter from NBC. She was offered a position at the hockey venue in Sochi where she will work with the production team.

Accepting the gig was a no-brainer for this hockey enthusiast, who also happens to be the daughter of former Buffalo Sabre and Olympian Yuri Khmylev. He won gold as a member of the Modified Team at the 1992 Winter Games in France.

"He remembers all of the memories from playing in 1992. He said this will be the absolute time of your life. He said you will carry these memories for ever and ever," said Khmylev.

She arrived in Russia last Saturday and will spend a month in Sochi. She just found out she will be assigned to the opening ceremonies, and she got a sneak peek at some of the rehearsals.

"[Russians] focus so much on hospitality and the presentation of things. The opening ceremonies, guaranteed, will be in the top three of all ceremonies," said Khmylev.

Khmylev isn't concerned about security or potential terrorist threats.

"I am not worried whatsoever. Maybe because I have the sense of I am going home. What is there to worry about?"


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