Brittney Moore ’10, a psychology major from Security, Colo., and Charlie Paddock ’09, a mathematical economics major from Fountain, Colo., served as interns at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver through a partnership with Colorado College and the United States Olympic Committee. The internship began in December in Colorado Springs, with Moore and Paddock working with the staff of the international games at the USOC. They then headed off to Vancouver, where Gregor Robertson ’86 was elected mayor in 2008.
Once in Canada, Moore spent the first two weeks working with team processing, distributing clothing to athletes and staff. Each athlete received approximately 60 pieces of clothing, including opening and closing ceremony outfits, as well as gift items. Once the Games started, she worked in the retail store at USA House, a hospitality center for athletes, donors and sponsors, and select guests.
Paddock primarily managed the transportation fleet, and was responsible for Team USA’s fleet of 84 vehicles. The vehicles came from organizations in Vancouver, Seattle, and Bellingham, Wash.; he organized and executed the pick-up and drop-off of the vehicles, which supported all daily movements of the USA delegation, including arrivals, departures, training sessions, competitions, and press conferences.
CC has had other students working at the Olympics. During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, three Chinese-speaking CC students served as translators: Phoebe Jiang ’09, who grew up learning the language from her Chinese parents; Matt Melloy ’09, who began his Chinese studies at CC; and Ryan Shuken ’09, who studied Chinese at Colorado College and spent a year and a half in China, opening doors for other CC students interested in longer-term study abroad in China.
Additionally, Gordon Nitka ’05 and Amaya Perez- Brumer ’07 served as interns during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.