I didn’t know what to expect when I first went to a mixed zone. Mixed zone is an area where athletes go to after their event and conduct interviews with journalists. With athletes representing so many countries, naturally, there’s many journalists from all over the world. Mixed zones in medal events can be pretty daunting with journalists stretching their arms with recorders to get a quote from medalists while qualification rounds can be pretty…chill.

Just yesterday, I went to two mixed zones — women’s snowboarding slopestyle and women’s luge single. After the qualification round for snowboarding was canceled the previous day, yesterday was a medal round. Jamie Anderson of the US took home the gold. It was practically impossible to get a quote from her in the mixed zone with journalists from AP, USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, and many more all wanting to ask questions even though Anderson was only available for two minutes.

For luge, because it wasn’t a medal round, not many journalists were present. I had a nice one-on-one interview with Emily Sweeney after her race. I got to ask her about eight questions. And it hit me after the interview, “Wow, I just talked with an Olympian one on one for 10 minutes. Cool!”

My favorite part of the mixed zone, besides getting the chance to talk to athletes, is making small talk with other journalists from prominent outlets. I would say that I’m from Medill and they would give me advice on how to go about reporting, which have been tremendously helpful. — David Kim