Kara Biernat didn't have a lot of experience with winter sports, things like the biathlon, the skeleton and of course, curling.
Growing up in Crown Point, Biernat and her family went on a snow mobile trip to Eagle River, Wisconsin every year, but that was about it.
The 2014 C.P. grad to compete in cross country and track for the Bulldogs, but there usually aren't snow balls attached to these sports.
"My sophomore year in cross country we made it as a team to state," Biernat said. "It was pretty cool going to state with all my friends. We really enjoyed it."
Today, Biernat is in South Korea to cover the Winter Olympics with Ball State University's journalism department.
She was the sports editor for The Inklings at C.P.H.S. and the senior is currently the sports editor for The Daily News, Ball State's newspaper.
On Jan. 15 she did what any good reporter does, she wanted to learn about something she didn't know a lot about and might have to cover. She and her team went to Indianapolis to watch and work out with the Circle City Curling Club.
Getting out on the ice with the sliding stones and brooms opened Biernat's eyes to what she will be observing over the next few weeks.
"We curled for about three hours," Biernat said. "It was a thing we had to try to do. It's one of those sports that don't get much attention."
She plans to follow freestyle skier Nick Goepper, who is the only member of the USA Winter Olympic team from Indiana. The two-time Olympian and bronze medal winner was born in Fort Wayne and calls Lawrenceburg home.
"I want to cover some skiing and ice skating and see what the luge is all about," Biernat said. "I'm going to be running around like my head's cut off."
She is also interested in watching two-time gold medalist snow boarder Shaun White compete. In a very big way.
"I have to see him," she said. "I can't go to the Winter Olympics and not interview him."
She said that she watched the film "Miracle," the story of the 1980 Team USA hockey team that upset the Soviet Union and won the gold medal. But this will be the first time in awhile that professional hockey players won't be participating in the Olympics.
"It would be cool to see Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews play, but that's not going to happen this year," she said.
The 14 1/2-hour flight to the other side of the world had her a little nervous. But a Ball State professor from South Korea met with the team and gave them some insight into the culture there and how to say hello in their language.
She will be teaming with WTHR-Channel 13 in Indianapolis to do stories from the games. She said 50 percent of her journalism with be writing and the other half will be broadcasting visually.
Biernat said she was pleased to learn the North Korean athletes would compete with South Korea in the games and she hopes this can help bring some peace to that volatile part of the planet.
She is hoping to be able to visit the DMZ and to see what history looks like.
"I have a lot of work to do, a lot to learn from other journalist," Biernat said. "It's going to be busy but it's going to be a lot of fun, too."