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By Jen Horton
posted Mar 10, 2014 - 3:02:12pm
Ernie Peterson has attended six Olympic Games; at four, he worked as a volunteer staff member.
Peterson had nothing but nice things to say about Russia and her people, after returning home from this year’s Winter Games in Sochi.
"They asked me what I would tell people when I got home," he said. "I told them: 'Only good.'"
Peterson’s volunteering for the Olympics has always been at Winter Games: 2002 in Salt Lake City, 2006 in Torino, Italy, and 2010 Vancouver, Canada.
In Vancouver, Peterson started working with the news media.
This year, he was an athlete handler.
When athletes finished competing, he would grab them at the bottom of the slope and move them along the media gauntlet for interviews.
The work gave Peterson a close-up view of the most poignant behind-the-scenes moments.
Sochi was slammed during the Games on social-networking websites over its hotel accommodations. The only weirdness Peterson faced, however, was a missing shower curtain.
He didn't experience any of the horrors reported during the Olympics, such as rooms under construction, or missing doors, or rooms with no running water.
"They gave it their best shot," he said.
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