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Former Newsline 9 reporter checks in from Sochi

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The Olympic Winter Games are getting underway in Sochi, Russia.

The opening ceremonies kick off Friday evening.

Newsline 9 checked in with our former colleague, David DeGuzman, working for NBC Sports in Sochi.

"It's definitely been an interesting start to the games," said David.

A former Newsline 9 sports reporter, David is now on the ultimate sports stage, helping bring the Olympic Winter Games to people across America.

"I'm a production associate," said David. "I'm basically helping out with any and every task that I can to help move along the production process."

We spoke with David via Skype as the games are set to begin. But preparations in Sochi have gone down to the wire.

"They were still laying bricks in the street, there was a lot of construction," said David.

Some journalists have shared horror stories about sketchy hotel rooms that are not at all ready for guests. But David—in his NBC Sports digs—doesn't have that problem.

"My TV personally doesn't work, but I mean, that's kind of the least of my worries compared to some people," said David.

So what's been the biggest surprise for David so far?

"Definitely a culture shock," he said. "A lot of staff people in the hotels, they don't know how to speak English. A lot of cab drivers, a lot of people in restaurants, they're still learning."

David also says he's certainly aware of the terror threat but still feels safe.

Despite the wrinkles, David says a lot of hard work has gone into these games, and he's optimistic they'll turn out well.

"When you're around here and you see the mountains, you see why the reason why these games were awarded here," said David. "It is so beautiful."

So, as David continues his journey in Russia, we say udachi! That's the Russian word for "good luck."

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