Grand Rapids man volunteering at Rio Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO (MEDIA GENERAL) — Working at the Olympics is the best job Scott Price will never get paid for.

“It’s been absolutely amazing,” he said.

Price, of Grand Rapids, has a front-row seat to watch some of the most impressive weightlifting in the world as he volunteers at the games in Rio.

“Before they (the Olympians) go for a world record, they come to the marshal’s table, where I sit, and they tell me what weight they’re going to do. And so I know if a world record is about to be attempted,” Price told 24 Hour News 8 Sports Director Jack Doles in Rio.

He has seen records fall and rubbed elbows with world champions.

“I actually have pictures with a few different world record holders, new world record holders. I got to join in their celebrations. One was kind enough, he gave me an autograph,” he said.

He’s also had a chance to do a little bit of sightseeing. Saturday, he toured the Olympic Park. Sunday, he visited Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and later witnessed Jamaica’s Usain Bolt win the 100-meter dash for to earn his third consecutive gold medal in that event.

“Seeing Michael Phelps really gets everybody excited about the Olympics,” Price said. “Being in this environment, I was a little nervous coming in, just from what I’ve seen back home, but it’s been really great. I’ve always felt safe the whole time I’ve been here.”

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