Americans in Beijing enjoying Olympics

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At every Olympics I'm amazed at how many Utahns we run into. I am not even talking about the athletes. There are members of the Olympic support staff and those traveling to the games and even those living in the host city. Recently our KSL crew was invited to a wonderful community of what is called the Fourth Ring Road.

We caught up to a group comprised of American visitors and residents of Beijing.

"It's been a wonderful experience. It's been fun. It kind of brings back the spirit we all felt when we were in 2002 in Salt Lake City," says Dr. John Edwards, son of former BYU football coach LaVell Edwards.

When asked if they think the Chinese are proud to have such a large contingency from the U.S. in China, Mille Goldrup, who lives in Beijing, says, "Really proud. They've been preparing for it for forever. They've built tons of cool stuff for it."

"It's been wonderful. We've been here for four years. We've seen a lot of the preparations take place on the side of the Chinese," says Steve Goldrup, "It is in one way just a big party. We're happy to share it with you and with our friends."

"We're really excited. We've been waiting for this for what seems like forever," says Nan Osborne, "We're only allowed to drive every other day. So we take turns driving with whatever license plate is allowed on the road. And we've been to at least one event every day and we're having a ball. I think the whole city is having a great time."

KSL's Beijing host Nicole Price organized that meeting. It was a wonderful taste of home with the local flavor. It was just one of the many priceless nuggets we've had at these Beijing Olympics.

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