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Spokane Sports Commission appeals to Olympic athletes in Rio

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Jodi Kayler and Ashley Blake work at the Spokane Sports Commission, but they're out of the office for almost three weeks while they're in Rio to volunteer for the 2016 Olympics.

"Ashley and I said, 'Let's do it. It's a time in our life we can give back a little bit,'" Jodi said.

The two will have close access to America's best athletes volunteering at the USA House.

"Each country has a national house where it's really home to the athletes, their families, the governing bodies, media, dignitaries, sponsors..."

Which these women say is a great opportunity to show what the Spokane sports world has to offer.

"If we can show that we're invested in their sport and the Olympic movement and have that personal connection, that can translate to our efforts in Spokane," Ashley said.

Spokane's investment in sports is undeniable. Some highlights include playing host to Bloomsday, the State B basketball tournament, and the 2012 Olympic team trials for boxing. The Spokane Sports Commission says they're ready to compete for more.

"I think the Olympics are kind of out of our reach," Ashley admits, "but we do have the ability to host the Olympic trials, national championships, junior Olympics, things of that caliber."

For Ashley and Jodie, their road to Rio will circle back to Spokane, as they work to bring more sporting events to the Lilac City.

"This is our time to see how the biggest events in the world are put on. We're going to be taking notes, bringing those back, trying to improve our athlete experience when they come to town," Jodi said.

Ashley agrees.

"There's no bigger event on the planet than the Olympic Games, so even to be able to absorb that and see some of their best practices, and then take little tidbits back and apply them to our efforts in Spokane we think will work 10 fold."

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