Hot stuff in Sochi

3 February 2014

TEAM: One third of the 60-strong Australian Olympic Team has touched down in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and they have wasted no time settling in to the Olympic Village.

Appropriately, there has been nothing but clear blue skies and sunshine since the first twenty Australians arrived on Friday.

Moguls Skier Taylah O’Neill was one of the first to move into Village and was greeted by a “beautiful day” when she woke up on Saturday morning.

“I think it was the first bluebird day in a while so it was really great to get out there and see the mountains,” the 19-year-old said.

“It’s like nowhere I’ve ever been before.

“It kind of reminded me a bit of the yellow brick road out of the Wizard of Oz, because you kept following the road up and up and up and it kept taking you to more places.”

After being briefed by Team staff and introduced to Team nutritionists, doctors and physios, many athletes have jumped on the gondola to picturesque Rosa Khutor or explored the Olympic Village further. Naturally, getting as many photos as possible has been high on the Olympian’s agendas.

“It’s nice up there- there’s a lot of snow and it’s quite pretty,” Moguls skier Sam Hall said.

“I’ve been trying to get as many photos as I can so I can show everyone back home.”

One of the prime photography positions is the Olympic rings.

There has also been a lot of buzz about the huge Boxing Kangaroo flag flying off the Australian Block which sits alongside the British Headquarters.

Another highlight of the arrival process is trawling through suitcases full of green and gold.

There was “jacket after jacket and T-shirt after T-shirt” according to O’Neill, but Slopestyle skier Anna Segal ranked the long green Karbon jacket as her favourite item of gear.

“It’s nice and long and it’s a really good cut so I’m pretty excited about it,” Segal said.

“I’m also loving the southern cross on the pocket there as well.”

The other popular item is the Opening Ceremony jacket, which will be officially unveiled in Sochi on Wednesday local time.

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