-What made you choose to work with the Olympic games?
It was just before the Vancouver 2010 games. I thought it would be cool to work someday for the Oranising Committee. After my studies, I was in Austria and I was just at the right place in the right time. I got a job in the first Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Organising Committee. The first YOG was in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012. Says Ilva
That is how it started and from then I have been working for a various organising committiess including Sochi 2014 and now Lillehammer 2016. She adds
-What is the best thing with your job?
The best thing would be to travel around, experience different cultures and to be a part of the games, making history.
-What is the downpart of working with the Olympic Committee?
The downpart is that I am away from my family and that every 1-2 years I am out of jobs.
-Do you have time with your family?
As I do not live in my home, which is Latvia, and because of moving around following different games, I do not manage to spend lot of time with my family. We talk over whatsapp and skype and I visit them few times a year.
-Is this a job you want to continue doing or do you see yourself as anything else in the future?
I would like to stay in the Olympic movement, but as it is not so easy every 1-2 years to move, I would like to move back home and work for the National Olympic Committee and help to prepare the team for the games.
-What do you do at a daily basis?
My department, where I work we deal directly with the different National Olympic Committess and the leaders of the delegations. On a daily basis we are in contact with them and assist them from our side to do all the necessary things/procedures so that teams are ready to come.
-Do you have a special thing that you are in charge for?
I am "Deputy Head of NOC Services". NOC- stands for National Olympic Committee. I am mostly in charge of all our coordinators and coordinate their communications with the NOCs as well I assist our head of NOC Services.
- When is the event?12- 21 february. 12. February they will show Opening Cermony on NRK.
-Are you going to be on tv?
No, I am not going to be on tv.
-Where does the Youth Olympic Games take place this year?
Youth Olympic Games will take place in Lillehammer.
-What is your best experience
The best experience is the Games time. When everybody is here and everything runs smoothly as planned, which almost never happens. Ilva smiles.
-Do you have time for breaks?
I do. I have holidays as well like every other person and between the projects I have time as well. Normally it is 1-2 month.
-What do you do in your sparetimes?
I like to do some sport- run, hike. While I am in Norway I try to travel around. For example I took part of tall ship races. I went to Voss, Tromso, Trondheim. I was also in Geilo for the Ice Music Festival this weekend.