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Utica native reflects on Olympic Internship experience

UTICA, N.Y.-- Though her NBC Sports internship is based in Stamford, Connecticut, Adrienne Smith must operate as though she's in Pyeongchang.

Posted: Feb 23, 2018 12:15 AM
Updated: Feb 23, 2018 12:40 AM

UTICA, N.Y.-- Though her NBC Sports internship is based in Stamford, Connecticut, Adrienne Smith must operate as though she's in Pyeongchang.

That's 14 hours ahead of schedule.

"My hours are overnight and I particularly work 6p to 6a," Smith said.

The Utica native and Notre Dame graduate is interning in NBC's digital department, which for the first time ever, livestreamed every athletic event from the Winter Olympics.

"I monitor the live events, inserting advertisements and highlight markers for each of the events," Smith said.

Before her internship, Smith didn't even know her position existed.

"I didn't know people would manually insert advertisements and markers for the digital stream, but that kind of makes all the money," Smith said.

Working in the digital department means Smith is part of the team that brought the biggest Olympic moments to phones, tablets and laptops across the country.

"Covering the U.S. women's hockey team against Canada, you could just hear throughout the whole building, everyone going crazy for the United States," Smith said. "So to be a part of something that memorable and that special, it just means the world to me and it's just been such a really cool experience."

Smith says working for these particular games has a special significance she might not have realized as only a spectator.

"I was born in Korea," Smith said. "Seeing the cool, awesome shots of Korea, it really hits home, it really does. And I know for sure I want to travel there someday and see what it's like, and it's just been really cool to cover something that's back in my homeland and ties my two worlds together."

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