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Behind the scenes of “Olympic Dreams”, a series of short films created during the PyeongChang Games within the scope of the Artists in residence programme led by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and heritage (OFCH).

While in PyeongChang, Alexi and Jeremy also produced seven clips of between 60 to 90 seconds documenting Alexi's real-time adventure as an Olympian artist in residence at these Games, and also as an athlete in training. This “making of” feature offers a glimpse into the mind of an Olympian, an unfiltered look into Alexi's creative and athletic process in PyeongChang.

Alexi and Nick made an impression each time they rehearsed a scene in the PyeongChang Olympic Village.

Moving around many Olympic venues, the young filmmakers captured a lot of footage and were inspired by different surroundings. From the Opening Ceremony and life in the Olympic Village to training and competition, athlete bonding remains at the heart of the films.

Even though Alexi runs fast (she is a long-distance runner in real life), she needed a stunt double for the competition scenes that are part of the short films she co-wrote with Jeremy. Anne Hart (USA, cross-country skiing) was her stunt double. Morgan Schild (USA, freestyle skiing) played the role of Penelope’s team-mate. And Gus Kenworthy (USA, freestyle skiing) starred as the confidant.

Watch the vlogs below.

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Jeremy Teicher, Nick Kroll, and Alexi Pappas film a scene in sub-zero weather conditions in PyeongChang. Staying warm was key!
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Alexi Pappas and Morgan Schild (USA, Freestyle Skiing) in the Athlete Village. Morgan acted as Alexi’s roommate — “we spotted her while filming a crowd scene and knew she was special,” says director Jeremy Teicher. “So we asked her if she’d be interested in a larger role and luckily she said yes!”
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Alexi Pappas, Nick Kroll, and Jeremy Teicher film a scene in the Olympic Stadium. “It was so incredible to have access to Olympic Venues like this, especially during off-hours” - director Jeremy Teicher.
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Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas with their camera, a state-of-the-art “one man band” rig that enabled Jeremy to direct, film, and record sound sync-sound simultaneously.
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Alexi Pappas poses with mascot Soohorang in the PyeongChang Athlete Village. “I LOVE Soohorang and I especially love the custom Winter Olympics blanket that every athlete gets on their bed,” says Alexi.
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Jeremy Teicher films Alexi Pappas in the PyeongChang Athlete Village dining hall.
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Nick Kroll, bronze medalist Nico Porteous (NZL, Freestyle Skiing) and Jeremy Teicher film a scene in the Olympic Village dentist office — real athletes volunteered to act in the film alongside Nick and Alexi. At 16, Nico is the youngest male athlete in the PyeongChang Games.
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Alexi Pappas poses with the Olympic Rings backstage at the Opening Ceremony.
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Jeremy Teicher, Alexi Pappas, and Anne Hart (USA, Cross Country Skiing) film a scene at the Cross Country start line — Anne acted as Alexi’s stunt double on the snow, ensuring that the film’s skiing scenes look completely authentic.
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Jeremy Teicher films dancers at the Opening Ceremony dress rehearsal.
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Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas filming in the PyeongChang Athlete Village dining hall.
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Alexi Pappas and Gus Kenworthy (USA, Freestyle Skiing) in the PyeongChang Athlete Village dining hall. “Gus is a stellar athlete, talented actor, and a new friend” - Alexi.
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Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, and Jeremy Teicher film in the PyeongChang Olympic Mega Store along with their new best friend, Soohorang.
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Alexi Pappas poses in the “wax cabins” alongside the Olympic Cross Country Skiing racecourse. “It was so interesting to get a peek ‘behind the curtains’ at another Olympic sport. Runners like me have plenty of pairs of shoes, but that’s nothing compared to cross country skiers — one skier can have up to 30 pairs of skis!”
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Alexi Pappas takes a break from filming to work out in the PyeongChang Athlete Village gym - as an active professional runner, she is in the running for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
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Jeremy Teicher and Alexi Pappas in the PyeongChang Athlete Village dining hall - the dining hall acted as a film set and a warming station.
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Gold medalist Jamie Anderson (USA, Snowboarding) and Alexi Pappas take a break in the PyeongChang Athlete Village hair salon. “Getting to spend time with champion athletes like Jamie was such a gift - it’s amazing how much Olympic athletes can learn from each other, no matter what event (or even what season) their sport is.”
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Jeremy Teicher, Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, and Gus Kenworthy (USA, Freestyle Skiing) film a scene in the PyeongChang Athlete Village dining hall.
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