by Alyse Considine

USA fan
My passion and dedication to cheering for Team USA and watching as much Olympics coverage as humanly possible borders on the line of obsession.

I remember being in awe of the Magnificent Seven at the 1996 Atlanta games. My sister and I would run outside to do cartwheels and pretend to execute the balance beam on our deck.

Eight years ago, I scored the perfect summer job while a student at the University of Montana: front desk clerk at a hotel that had JUST renovated their lobby to include new flat screen TVs. I saw Michael Phelps win all eight of his gold medals in Beijing.

Four years ago, I was in the middle of moving to Great Falls for a new job, and I made sure to take a few extra days off before starting work so I could watch more of the London Olympics.

USANow, I am grateful to work at an agency that encourages everyone to pursue their passions, and thankfully, they also embrace my quirks–not to mention the dark circles under my eyes each morning as a result of staying up way past my bedtime to watch my favorite athletes win gold.

The Rio Olympic games have not disappointed. The fastest man to ever live, the greatest woman gymnast of all time, the greatest swimmer and most decorated Olympian in the world…it’s all so exciting, I can barely stand it! I am Montana’s Leslie Jones.

Once these games conclude and the 4-year long deep void in my life returns, I’ll be anxiously awaiting Tokyo 2020. I guess deep down I’ll always be the little girl that is in complete wonderment of the amazing athletic feats, heart-wrenching personal stories, and dazzling grand-scale productions, forever cheering for the red, white, and blue.