Preparing to cover the 2018 Winter Olympics

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WAVY News 10's Lex Gray reporting live from South Korea. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (WAVY) — The pace around Olympic Park in PyeongChang, South Korea is picking up.

The Opening Ceremony is Friday, Feb. 9, but curlers and ski jumpers already started competing in their events.

There’s also a lot of action happening in and around the Olympic Park — this included a parade WAVY’s Lex Gray caught on the way to work.

There is a lot of South Korea’s history and culture to see.

In the parade, there was a big white tiger featured; this is the official mascot of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

There are what are called “media support robots.”

These bots play music and, perhaps more importantly, project onto the floor the competition schedule for that day.

The South Korean culture is vastly different to the United States in some ways. One bathroom along a South Korean highway had a toothbrush vending machine and a garden.

Lex is part of a team of editors, reporters and producers working to bring you all the news and action from the games as it happens.

Look for more of Lex’s coverage throughout the Winter Olympics on, on air and through social media (Twitter and Facebook).

On Friday, Lex will talk more about the Opening Ceremony and two Team USA speed skaters — and Olympic roommates — Jessica Kooreman and Maame Biney.