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777 Pilot Talks To KHQ From Sochi

First Officer John Steiner spoke to KHQ-TV from Sochi, Russia. First Officer John Steiner spoke to KHQ-TV from Sochi, Russia.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

On Monday, First Officer John Steiner spoke to KHQ-TV from Sochi, Russia. Steiner is a commercial airline pilot and flew people over for the Olympic games. On Saturday, the plane took off from New York, flew over Europe, Ukraine, and landed safely in Sochi. Now, Steiner is on a layover in the middle of the preparations for the Olympic games. He told KHQ there is a copious amount of security, and that the airport was filled with troops. The flight crew is staying at the hotel closest to Olympic Village, but unless you have a ticket, or are an athlete, you are not allowed inside.

Mr. Steiner was able to watch the Super Bowl, along with many other fellow Americans. In fact, he watched the games with NBC broadcasting greats Al Michaels and Bob Costas. Steiner asked Costas which team he was cheering for. Costas told him that he was so trained to never cheer for a team during a game, that he didn't care who won. Here's what Steiner saw. "I kind of watched he (Bob Costas) and Al Michaels throughout the game and everyone else was standing up at certain times cheering for a team and those two just sat there and there was no emotion, all professional, even though we were sitting in a small room with about 40 people."

John Steiner is Katie Steiner's father, who works for us here at KHQ.

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