Behind the scenes at the Winter Olympics

When fans are enjoying watching the Olympics on television, they give it little thought. But if their viewing is interrupted by technical difficulties, they likely will start grumbling about people like Randy Adams.

Brother Adams, a member of the high priest group leadership in the Foxhill Ward, North Salt Lake Utah Stake, is on the team responsible for keeping the Olympics on TV, and they take their duties very seriously.

Specifically, he watches over the fiber optics, the miles and miles of cable filled with tiny glass tubes through which the images are transmitted at the speed of light from cameras at distant venues to the International Broadcast Center in Vancouver, and then broadcast worldwide.

This is the sixth Olympics for Brother Adams as he tests, troubleshoots and maintains the fiber optic network.

"It's really a blast to work with people from all over the world," he said during a Church News interview at his home before he left for Canada two weeks before the Winter Games began. He works with technicians from all over the world. All must speak English; there is no margin for miscommunication, Brother Adams stressed.

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