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From Prairie Village to Sochi: Bill Hancock’s Olympic update from Feb. 11

02/12/2014 10:58 AM

02/12/2014 10:58 AM

Prairie Village’s Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, began volunteering with the USOC at the Olympics in 1984 and is in Sochi, sharing daily reports with friends and colleagues, including The Star.

Here are excerpts from Hancock’s latest email, from Tuesday, Feb. 11:

• Our office is (on) second floor of the (Main Press Center). It’s basically a convention center subdivided into temporary offices. The ceiling is as high as Mount Everest. We don’t have windows, but the windows are right outside the door. (The windows near us are the only ones on our floor. I perform mountain-gazing about 10 times a day.) …

• Saw four horses in a parking lot this afternoon. No humans were around.

• The Russian fans went wild as their women knocked off the USA in curling. Don’t believe they quite caught on to the genteel sport’s etiquette, because they were cheering what they thought were poor shots by the opponent. (Some of those shots were tactical.) Anyway, they were having fun. …

• Attended the Russian hockey team’s news conference today. The big conference room — I guess it seats 500 — was packed,  Young female volunteers hung out outside the door, hoping to get a glimpse. The whole deal was somehow comforting. The Russian media is pumped about this team. Of course, that will create much pressure for the Russian team. This will be a thrilling hockey tournament. …

• The moon is waxing and will be full next week. Clouds partially obscured it by the time we got back to (our hotel), and the reflection of the dazzling lights of the Olympic Park off the clouds gave the luster of bright blue midday to objects below. These clever Russians have thought of everything.

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