Coloradans head to Sochi for Winter Olympics

6:02 PM, Jan 20, 2014   |    comments
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HIGHLANDS RANCH - Tens of thousands of fans travel to watch the Olympics.

And the ones coming up in just a few weeks in Sochi Russia will have some Coloradans watching from the stands.

"We're really excited to go to Russia, we've never been to Russia before," Michael Hafer said.

Michael and his wife Amy from Highlands Ranch are leaving soon for what is sure to be an adventure with the first stop in Moscow.

"I'm a huge Olympics fan and have been my entire life," Hafer said. "A lot of people are like, 'Where's Sochi?' I didn't know where Sochi was until I looked it up on a map. Back when this wild idea came up about a year and a half ago when I thought about going to the Olympics."

Traveling to Russia has proven to be almost as difficult as an Olympic sport between getting a visa, the paperwork in order and the travel organized. But nothing could stop the couple.

"It's been a very very lengthy process, and it's been far more complex than I expected," Hafer said. "We also had to get this thing called a spectator pass. This is from the Russian government. It's basically something you need to have with you and show when you check into the event. It's for security reasons. They did an entire background check on my wife Amy and I and we were mailed them from Russia."

After a year and a half of planning, the actual event tickets just arrived. Six in all: speed skating, ski jumping, skeleton, biathlon, curling and ice hockey are all the things the Hafers are going to see.

"It's just a wonderful feel, it's an international competition, people are waving their country flags, it's like one big party," Hafer said. "It should be a lot of fun. I can't wait!"

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