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No golden ticket for me

February 7, 2014 - Chris Knight
I pictured myself dancing around the press room here in the Gorki Media Center like Grandpa Joe and Charlie in the 1971 classic movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Standing on the tables. Spinning around in a chair, singing "I got a golden ticket!"

Well, it didn't work out quite like that, unfortunately.

Lou had put our names on a U.S. Olympic Committee list for tickets to tonight's opening ceremonies. Some Olympic events like opening ceremonies are high demand, and the number of tickets is limited.

We got word yesterday that we got one ticket. I told Lou to take it, as he's a much better photographer than I.

There was a chance we could get one more ticket if someone failed to pick theirs up by 2 p.m. That didn't happen. Sorry press people from all across the world gathered in this room. You would have had a great show as I celebrated.

While I would have loved to go, honestly it's probably good that I didn't. I'm pretty exhausted from three busy days, and the games haven't even started. I'll likely watch the ceremonies on Russian TV, since we don't get any English-speaking channels, then turn in for a good night's sleep.

I won't be alone in missing the ceremonies. Most of the athletes on the U.S. women's and men's biathlon teams won't be going. Lowell Bailey explained why to me the other day.

"I mean, the athletes who go from here are projected to get back at 4 a.m., and we have a race the next day, so I don't know who came up with that schedule," Bailey said. "I doubt anyone from the (Endurance) village will go."

Others were on the fence. Sandy Caligiore told me this morning that Saranac Lake luger Chris Mazdzer hasn't made up his mind at that point on going to the opening ceremonies.

"He said it'd probably be a game time decision," Caligiore said.

Other members of the U.S. luge team, including several first-time Olympians, are planning to go, Caligiore said. I caught up with Saranac Lake ski jumper Peter Frentte for a few minutes today. He was planning to go to the ceremonies in part because he didn't get to go four years ago in Vancouver.

One of the cool things to know as you watch is that two people involved with Saranac Lake's Pendragon Theater helped to put on the show. I don't know much else than that, as they were sworn to secrecy and can't talk to us until after the ceremonies. We'll try to track them down then.


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