A Colorado DJ and producer have been working on the Olympics for 20 years. They were both hired after working on the X Games in Aspen.
BEIJING, China — An Olympic trip is a dream come true for any athlete, but also for the people who work and support the athletes just steps behind the scenes. A number of Coloradans have been chosen to have this experience as part of the Beijing Live Olympic Events production team.
“Just honoured, lucky and grateful to be part of other Olympics,” said Coloradan Kutcher Miller. He produced for the Olympics for 20 years. He was hired after working on the X Games in Aspen.
In Beijing, he produces the show in the Big Air arena.
“So I’m hired by the Olympic Committee to work with a team of around 25 locals and I have an announcer who is from the UK,” he explained.
“And just to see the stories unfold, right? That’s one of the biggest things about the Olympics is you see people win their first gold medal. There are so many aspects to it that it gives me chills and just to think of being a part of that is very special.”
These are Olympic moments that Michael Nakagawa does not take for granted. The Aspen resident was spotted at the X Games 20 years ago, where he was a DJ.
“It was around the time when the Olympics had more sports aimed at younger audiences. Snowboarding and freestyle skiing were very popular and they wanted to bring the culture from that to the Olympics,” said said Nakagawa. said DJ Naka G. “So I was asked to do my first [Olympic] Games in 2010 in Vancouver and we are there.”
This year, Nakagawa is the DJ for the alpine skiing events in Beijing. He said working for the Olympics is something he never imagined doing and he hopes it will inspire others to pursue their dreams.
“One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Your dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately,’ and there’s a lot of truth to that,” he said. “You know you’re going to fail but it’s okay, you’re going to learn from your failures, you’re going to pick yourself up and you’re going to keep moving forward and if you keep doing this you’re going to achieve your dreams.”
“I never imagined I would be in this position,” Miller added. “Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, you will achieve it. »
Miller said they get tested for COVID every day before leaving for their sites. He’s been there for over three weeks, so that’s over 21 times. But said to have the unforgettable experience, it is definitely worth it.
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