Collin and Pam Byrd, of Hixson, are in Turin, Italy, at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Mr. Byrd, a sales representative for GE Healthcare, is among five nationwide winners of tickets from the company to several Olympic events.
Here is the Byrds account of their trip so far.
We departed on Monday from Atlanta directly to Paris. Our flight was eight hours and 45 minutes. It was not full, so we each had two seats to spread out in and try to get some sleep.
Turino is six hours ahead of Chattanooga, so when we arrived in Paris it was 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, and it was 1:30 a.m. Chattanooga time.
There are a group of people from various GE businesses on the same itinerary as us, so we met up them in the terminal. There were eight of us total.
Unfortunately, we only had an hour on the ground in Paris and missed our Turino connection. We got on the next flight three hours later and got to our hotel before lunch.
We are staying at Hotel Grill Campanile, a nice clean hotel about 15 minutes from Torino City Center. The rooms remind us of our college dorm rooms, small and practical.
We have wireless Internet access from our hotel which makes it convenient to keep in touch with our family and friends on a daily basis. There is a nice GE hospitality suite on the second floor that has food and drinks with NBC broadcasts from the United States.
There are 36 people total in our group. These are GE guests from various GE businesses such as NBC, GE Power Systems, GE Plastics and GE Healthcare.
We were bused to the USA vs. Russia ice hockey big game that started at 8:30 p.m. We had fantastic seats on the sixth row on center ice.
Actually, our seats were directly over the tunnel where the skaters go in and out of the locker rooms, so we had no one in front of us. Awesome!
The Palasport Olimpico was a full house with about 50/50 Russian and American fans.
The Russians were very spirited and fun. There were Russia and American flags spread throughout the crowd with Russians and USA standing shoulder to shoulder taking turns chanting Russia and USA
The game itself was very exciting with nine goals scored. USA came back and tied the game twice, but late in the third period Russia scored the final goal to edge out the Americans 5-4.
We returned to the hotel at 11:30 and had some hot soup in the hospitality suite.
We planned to head to the Alps on Wednesday for the mens snowboard giant slalom qualifying and finals and the womens freestyle aerials finals in Sauze dOulx Jovenceaux.
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