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Tucson man is attending the Olympics for the 19th time

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TUCSON - Every two years one Tucson family gets a bad case of Olympic Fever. 

Winter or Summer, when the Games hit the world stage Judith and Charles Brandt are usually sitting somewhere in the front row.

So it's no surprise that the Brandts are traveling to Pyeongchang, South Korea for this year's Winter Olympics.

Charles first experienced the Olympics in 1964 when he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan with the Marines.

"They had a drawing and I won some tickets to the Tokyo Olympics," Charles said.

After that initial exposure to the Games Charles was hooked, "I found out that the Olympics is really like a world party. You've got people coming from all over the world and they're coming to have a good time."

Charles is attending his 19th Olympics.

Judith joined her husband at the Olympics for the first time in Sapporo, Japan in 1972.

Since then Judith and Charles have attended every Olympics except for the 1968 Mexico summer games.

"We were hitchhiking around the world for 15 months," said Judith.

When you tally up the cost of travel, tickets, and hotels, the Brandts have invested a lot of money chasing their Olympic dreams.

"This is something we love to do. You know you have two years to save your money and we've been saving a long time," Judith said.

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