Then, as a birthday present, her family booked a surprise trip for the veteran Olympic reporter.
All this week Beth has been sending us sounds and pictures from her journey, which we've compiled on a special web page called "Suddenly Sochi."
And we picked out a few highlights for this audio postcard.
More from Beth's Sochi trip on Insight: Interview with Gold Medalist Maddie Bowman, of Tahoe
Pictures, audio and videos on CapRadio's special "Suddenly Sochi" page
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