Scotia native Shannon Archer interns at Olympics

According to a press release from the International Olympic Committee, more than 40 million viewers tuned into NBC's Olympic coverage to watch Michael Phelps win his eighth gold medal.

Although, Archer had the chance to meet all the entire Olympic swimming team, she said meeting Ryan Lochte and his family was the most memorable of her encounters over her five weeks in Beijing.

"Meeting the Lochte family was great, really nice people and just awesome family so I feel really lucky to have been able to meet them, even though it was only for a brief period of time," Archer said.

Despite meeting the Lochte family, Archer said one of the biggest challenges she faced in Beijing was being so far from her family and friends.

"Being on the other side of the world is pretty hard," Archer said.

Patricia said she is proud of her daughter and the work that she has done in Beijing. A testament to Archer's hard work is the request from an NBC staffer to help cover the Buffalo Bills this fall.

It was nearly 1 p.m. in Beijing when Archer arrived at Albany International Airport just before midnight Wednesday, and although she was tired from the jet lag the memories she had will replay in her dreams as she rests to return to Ithaca next week.

"I will never forget the people I met here, the excitement of seeing world records being broken in the pool, or all the hands on experience I have gained through out my internship this past month." Archer said.""

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