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TV crews travel from across the globe for Team Challenge Cup

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Mami Sugino is a reporter in her first market. She works in Japan for a local affiliate, and she says this is her first job.

She's been sent all the way to Spokane to cover the Team Challenge Cup. As Sugino explains, ice skating is an extremely popular sport in Japan.

"It's a very big sport now since Shizuka Arakawa took the gold medal at Torino. Maybe that's the start of its popularity," Sugino says.

Sugino says this is the farthest she's ever been sent. She will be in town through Monday.

The young reporter says she loves Spokane. Her favorite part of being here is the "local food."

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