Two lifelong friends from Buffalo flew to Sochi on Friday and are enjoying the Olympics in person.
While they are thousands of miles away they are keeping in touch by means of a blog that is tracking every Olympic experience they want to share with the world.
Tom O'Connor and Stephen Arlington decided to travel to the games in the summer of 2012 at a local bar, and it soon transformed into a trip of a lifetime.
Despite recent concerns about possible terrorist threats, the two buds continue to update their blog with pictures that show the world, the Olympics and Sochi are open for competition.
They have posted pictures of the tight security surrounding the sporting venues, their interview on Russian television, views from their hotel window and a watch party of Friday night's impressive opening ceremonies.
If you want to keep up with Stephen and Tom, our unofficial ambassadors in Sochi, just follow this link to their blog.