Hibbing native to help Olympians in Sochi winter games

By KBJR News 1

January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 1:33 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNow.com) -The Sochi Winter Olympics are less than a month away, with several competitors from here in the Northland.

To make it to the games most would say athleticism is vital but one northland woman has gone to the Olympics 6 times and never competed once.

Those dedicated and lucky enough to make it to the Olympic games get bragging rights, a chance at the gold and the privilege of enjoying the many amenities of the Olympic Village.

The Olympic Village houses Olympians from all over the world and provides games, workout facilities and a food court to be envied. But the best part?

"Kind of realizing that all the work that you've put in over the last number of years has kind of paid off and you get to spend, even if it's only a month with those kind of people that you've grown up and admired", 2010 winter Olympian Chris Plys said.

Hibbing native, Julie Miller doesn't play a sport but, She has dedicated much of her life making sure the Olympic Village is a place fit for champions.

"So I came out here to Colorado Springs, Colorado. I did an internship and loved it and decided I didn't want to leave, so I keep pursuing a couple different positions and I was finally hired by U.S figure skating, which is also here in Colorado Springs", Miller said.

And time at the Olympics doesn't seem to slow down for anyone participating.

"It goes by so fast! Your there for a month and the first day you show up and it seems like you close your eyes and it's like you're flying home", Plys said.

Julie will be part of the team providing transportation for Olympic Athletes in Sochi, but one thing she's looking forward to most is visiting with fellow Minnesotans.

"And a number of Minnesota athletes have made the team that is going to be in my village, so that's really cool! I'm really looking forward to that and being there to support them", said Miller.

The 22nd Olympic Winter Games begin on Friday February 7 and conclude February 23.