PEORIA, Ill-- The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are just a week away. A group of Bradley University students are ready to earn the gold as interns. Less than five Universities share this unique partnership with NBC.
It was an intense interview process to become one of the 18 hand selected interns to work behind the scenes of the winter games. A former intern of News 25 is achieving Olympic success for a second time.
It is an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime.
"The opportunity to be involved in what's technically the most sophisticated live broadcast in history," said Bradley University professor Dr. Paul Gullifor.
Bradley University senior, Chris Morgan gets to do it a second time. His first time was for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
"When I interned for the Summer Olympics it was great. I think doing it once was a blessing, and now it's like huge," said Morgan. "You got to start somewhere, and for me that was a great start."
It has been a journey since the very beginning. He came to intern at News 25 with a blank slate.
"When I came here, I knew nothing about TV stations," explained Morgan. "I didn't know how to work cameras, I didn't know how to do interviews, now I can go in and say, 'Yeah, I know how to edit tape, I know how to do interviews, I know how to put a show together.' "
He also learned how to work in sports--a skill that will come in handy when he tackles Sochi as an Olympic associate producer at NBC headquarters in Stanford, Connecticut.
"Chris is someone who works very, very hard," said Dr. Gullifor. "He does anything that is asked of him, and I'm glad NBC saw that in him enough to bring him back a second time."
"It's going to be long hours, and I won't get a day off, but I'm just going to do the best I can-- that's my goal," said Morgan.
It is a goal he has had for life. He grew up in a less than affluent neighborhood in East Saint Louis, Illinois.
"My dad kept saying, 'Your path is set. Just keep doing what you're doing,' and that's why it's so worth it," said Morgan.
Chris is one of the first in his family to pursue his dreams.
"Everybody talks about how they want to do that, they want to do this, but I'm actually going out there and doing it," said Morgan. "We don't really have someone that went to college and then went to grad school. It's just huge."
It is because he knows he is touching the hearts of those he loves.
"I'm happy that I'm making my folks proud," said Morgan. "That I'm doing something great, that I can set something for them, but most importantly for my siblings, so I can inspire them."
And also inspire an even larger message.
"There is hope," said Morgan. "From me being in an area that wasn't so great... I think that's what so great--my family seeing that I don't want to accept the situation that we were in. I want to make myself better, so when I have kids, they can be better."
Words spoken like a true champion.