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At Home in Russia- Families of Olympians Enjoy and Relax

Eyewitness news is your Olympic headquarters. Our Tim Kelcher has been in Sochi since the winter games started. Some athletes' families also made the trip to cheer on their loved ones. As Tim tells us, those families say Olympic organizers have done so much to make them feel right at home in Russia.
Sochi, Russia-  Shampoo? Shave? How 'bout a sandwich? The Brown Family of Chicago, Illinois told Tim "I'm embarrassed to say we spend every day here. We're here more than we are at our home, when we're home."
 
The Protector and Gamble House takes care of families of Olympic athletes while their sons, daughters, brothers; sisters take care of business in their competitions.
 
Marla Brown of Chicago, Illinois  said "We have long days. We get in early in the morning, and stay until midnight. The house feeds our family and gives us a place to kick back and relax.
  Jason Brown's family has taken full advantage. The figure skater's mother, Marla, has spent plenty of time at the house's spa.  "I love the Salon. I get my hair done, makeup done, I got a facial. I think they're getting sick of me... But they're so nice."
 
The house hooks up family members of all ages. Sara Shuster's husband is the Men's Curling Skip and their 9-month old son Luke has a room all to himself.  Sara Shuster of Duluth, Minnesota  said “The Pampers room, so we don't have to worry about diapers.
  It’s not just about taking of families, the house brings them together.
 
 Steve Brown told Eyewitness News "I love that I can sit down and talk to someone who's had a similar but different experience than ourselves.  And it's just families; it's emotional for me when I'm in here."
 
 The families tell Tim the relationships they build won't just last through the Olympics. They're friendships that will last a lifetime.  
 

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