A woman from South Portland has been selected to be an Olympic Ambassador at this summer’s games in London, according to our news partners at WCSH6-NEWSCENTER.

When Southern Maine Community College professor Karen LoCascio found out the Olympics were being held in London, she says she wanted to get involved in some way.

LoCascio applied two years ago for a volunteer position at the Olympics, and after a rigorous selection process, she found out she was selected to be an ambassador.

She’s been in London since May training, and has already participated in several events with fellow ambassadors including setting the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest treasure hunt.

LoCascio is one of more than 7,000 volunteers, and her assignment will be to work at London’s Victoria Station to help tourists and visitors get where they need to go during the Olympic Games. She says it’s an honor to be selected as a volunteer.

“It’s amazing,” LoCascio said. “So far it already is the most fun thing I have ever done. I am totally thrilled about it. The treasure hunt event was just wonderful. The fact that I’m going to the dress rehearsal for the opening ceremonies is amazing,” LoCascio said.

LoCascio says she was eligible to be an ambassador because she has a duel Irish-American citizenship and lives in London for part of the year.


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