Behind-the-scenes: Covering the Sochi Olympics

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Superbowl party #Sochi2014 style. Cheryl Isherwood apparently was awake enough to put make up on at 2:30 a.m. Matt Renoux just never went to sleep... We are watching it..just in the middle of the night... (CREDIT: Anastasiya Bolton)

SOCHI, Russia - Covering the Olympics is one of the most coveted assignments for a journalist. A lot goes into bringing Americans the stories, including hauling a lot of gear, shooting, writing and editing their own stories.

9NEWS Reporter Anastasiya Bolton shares a snippet of one day in Sochi:

It's 8 a.m. in Sochi on a Thursday. I think. The sun is just rising over the Olympic park at the dock of the International Broadcast Center.

Cheryl Preheim and Matt Renoux are doing a little feature for the 10 p.m. news in Denver, Colo. - the city 11 hours behind us.

It's just the beginning of a long day filled with journalism highs.

"A lot of people are surprised the days are 18 and 20 hours," Preheim, anchor and reporter for 9NEWS, said. "You're doing the interviews, you're writing the stories yourself. It is still wonderful great fun experience. They're long days, hard work, and it's so rewarding."

For the 26 days we are away, we are covering the Olympics for smaller members of our teams at home that time has a different meaning.

"My 4-year-old daughter said 'Will I see you tomorrow?'" Preheim said. "It's hard to say, 'No, I'll see you in 20 days.' She's 4. It's hard for her to understand how long that is."

This is Preheim's second Olympics. She covered the Summer Games in London in 2012. Matt Renoux has already lost sleep and consequently count.

"Three? Salt Lake, Vancouver, London. [No.] I've been to four Olympics now," Renoux said.

But there is no place we'd rather be than in the disaster that's now our workspace on a Thursday. Or at least, we think it's a Thursday.

Bringing you stories of the people you care about and will be rooting for.

"It's always fun. It's a challenge, and what's more fun than a challenge?" Renoux said.

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