Sochi Olympics

American travels thousands of miles to volunteer in Sochi

Feb. 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM ET

Tamara Smith is one of thousands of volunteers at the Sochi Olympics.
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Tamara Smith is one of thousands of volunteers at the Sochi Olympics.

With their brightly-colored uniforms, it’s hard to miss the estimated 25,000 volunteers inside Sochi's Olympic park. American Tamara Smith is one of them, and said she loves what she does.

Video: An American helping hand in Sochi

Originally from Connecticut, Smith lives in Moscow and speaks five languages. She said volunteering in Sochi is a very special opportunity. 

"In so many ways, it's a dream come true," she told TODAY's Natalie Morales and Lester Holt.

Smith assists athletes in all kinds of different ways, but took a break from her official duties to bring the American athletes a special surprise of helium balloons on Valentine's Day. 


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