Meet the Pin Queen, an iconic keeper of Olympic games pin culture
RIO DE JANEIRO (KSNV News3LV) -- The grandeur of the Summer Olympic Games isn't just limited to fireworks and gold medals. Often, the culture found just outside the stadiums is a great story too. News 3's Team Rio met a woman who is iconic among Olympic fans.
Her name is Janet Grissom, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Her sunny disposition also comes with an edge. On meeting Reed Cowan, she noticed something:
"There are no pins! You are missing out on opportunity to have a lot of fun!"
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Fun is something Janet has had since the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. There, she says Russian pin traders taught her the fun of making connections regardless of race, language, gender, or culture. Janet speaks in bursts:
"You trade? Ah! you trade? lemme see!"
Monday's trade came from Azerbaijan, where Janet drove a hard bargain. One of her pins for three of Azerbaijan's pins. For the record, the trader agreed to her terms, adding to Janet's collection which reaches into the tens of thousands of pins.
Grissom says it's not really about the number of pins.
"It's about the moments between pin traders. I've had about ten thousand moments."
They are rich moments for pin traders like her, with the currency being smiles, handshakes & something shiny to take back home.