First Australian athletes arrive in Sochi
1 February 2014
FREESTYLE - MOGULS: The first Australian athletes have arrived in Sochi ahead of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Moguls skiers Britt Cox, Matt Graham, Sam Hall, Taylah O'Neill, Nicole Parks and Brodie Summers flew in from a training camp in Colorado on Friday night.
Their arrival wasn't without drama though, delayed for 24 hours, when their flight out of the USA was cancelled.
The athletes had checked in and were waiting in the lounge when they were told to come back the following day.
Britt Cox was the youngest athlete on the Australian team at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. She's now a role model for her travelling teammates who are all debutants at the Sochi Games.
"I'm coming in a different skier I'm a little bit more mature and I'm looking forward to new experiences here," Cox said after recently arriving in the host city.
"It's a lot like deja vu. I'm very excited and proud to be wearing the Australian uniform."
Dale Begg-Smith, Australia's most successful Winter Olympian and the last remaining member of the 2014 Australian Moguls team to arrive, flies in on Monday.
Fellow Freestylers Anna Segal and Russ Henshaw, and Snowboarders Torah Bright and Scotty James are the next to arrive in Sochi on Saturday night.
The first Australian athletes in competition action at the Games will be before the Opening Ceremony on Thursday February 6. Bright and James in Slopestyle seeding and Cox, O'Neill and Parks in Women's Moguls seeding.
On the same afternoon in the mountains above Sochi the Australian Flag will be raised in a Ceremony at the Olympic Mountain Village followed by a Team Reception where the Australian Team Flagbearer will be announced. The Opening Ceremony will take place in the Coastal Olympic Park on the evening of Friday 7 February.