Terry Smith ’02, producer for U.S. Army & Air Force Exchange Service, traveled to Pyeongchang, South Korea, to cover the soldier-athletes of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program as they competed in the 2018 Olympics. Smith and his team followed the story of the athletes since their training and world competitions in Lake Placid, New York, in 2017. Three luge and three bobsled athletes were accepted to Team USA and competed, representing the U.S. Army and the United States.
Smith said the athletes also represented “every soldier that helped put them there.”
Photo courtesy of Terry Smith
South Korea’s winter was an obstacle for the crew, but the experienced alumnus got the job done. “The shoots proved challenging with 11 degree temperatures and snow,” Smith said. “Equipment froze up in the bitter cold and batteries died, but [the crew] came back with some remarkable interviews and competition footage from the week.
“Unfortunately, the six Olympians came close, but did not medal, but the experience was well worth the trip.”
Smith said he hopes to travel to Tokyo in 2020 to cover the U.S. WCAP Athletes as they compete in the Summer Olympics.
See Smith’s Olympics videos on the Army & Air Force Exchange Service YouTube channel and Facebook page.
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Laura Carmichael Bozeman ’92, stationed in South Korea with the U.S. Army, went to the Olympics to see the sport she loves and represent TCU.
“When I found out that I would be here during the Winter Olympics, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend at least one day of the games,” Bozeman said. She is the equal opportunity program manager for the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea.
Photos courtesy of Laura Bozeman
She chose the men’s figure skating finals because of her connection with ice skating. Bozeman grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
“I have wonderful memories of watching Scott Hamilton skate in his Olympic days,” she said. “I’ve always enjoyed watching figure skating competitions.”
Bozeman also attended a men’s curing round robin and one of the short track speed skating finals. She made sure she wore her TCU purple.
“This year’s Olympics organizers chose purple and white as the theme colors, and I wore TCU’s colors proudly to the event,” she said. “It was an amazing experience!”