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Meet the team reporting you on the Olympics amid strict COVID-19 requirements

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just a few months ago, the Summer Olympics in Tokyo came to a close — and now the world is less than 100 days away from the next Winter Olympics in Beijing, which kicks off Feb. 4.

While there is usually at least two years between the Games, the pandemic forced a postponement of the Tokyo Games until 2021, along with security changes, including frequent testing and quarantine for those entering the country.

China is expected to implement even stricter security measures, the Associated Press reports. Family, fans outside the country and sponsors are not allowed to attend. Athletes will have to stay in a “closed loop” and will not be able to get outside the Olympic bubble as they train, compete and live in designated areas.

All participants are also required to be vaccinated.

Meet the team for China 2022

Nexstar has assembled a team of reporters and photojournalists from across the country to cover the Beijing Winter Games and bring you stories from inside the Olympic bubble. Some of these faces will be familiar from the Tokyo Olympics, but we also have a few new additions.

Jack Doles has covered every major sporting event and this Olympics will be its 12th (count them: Calgary, Seoul, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Turin, Beijing, Sochi, Rio, PyeongChang, Tokyo…and soon…Beijing!). He is sports director at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Andrew Marden has covered three Olympics for Nexstar, making China his fourth Games (he previously traveled to Rio, PyeongChang and Tokyo). He is the sports director at KSEE in Fresno, California.

Marielena Balouris is an anchor and reporter at WAVY in Norfolk, Virginia. She recently returned from her first Olympics in Tokyo and is back for more.

Matt Barnes also comes from its first Olympics in Tokyo and revolves around coverage of the Winter Games. He is an anchor and reporter at WCMH in Columbus, Ohio.

Jala Washington is a reporter for KXAN in Austin, Texas, and this is her first time covering the Olympics. She is a former gymnast who attended Ball State University.

Jeff Myers going to his third Olympics. He is the news manager and principal photographer at WAVY in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dave Kraut is a photojournalist at WFLA in Tampa, Florida. Dave has covered hurricanes, the space program and other major sporting events, but this will be his first time covering the Olympics for Nexstar.