As an athlete, I always believed I would be in Rio in 2016, but one frustrating injury after another got in the way. Now, standing in the Olympic stadium as a journalist, it is clear my Rio 2016 dream has been realized.
The first time I met Tristen Chernove was a few moments after the biggest race of his life, and he had just won his first ever Paralympic gold medal.
My experience at the Rio Paralympics taught me the value of personal relationships and humility when covering sports.
Aurelie Rivard won gold and set a world record early in our coverage of the Paralympics and whether I knew it or not it was something I had always dreamed of seeing live. I not only got to see the race, I was able to watch the medal ceremony and the amazing moment that followed.