Heavy medal haul in sight at Winter Games
AUSTRALIA is sending its biggest Winter Olympics team yet, with about 60 athletes expected to compete in Sochi, Russia, next month.
Sochi is also likely to be our biggest medal haul, with Australia tipped to take away five across the ski and snowboard events.
Snowboarder Scotty James has already qualified for the half-pipe and is looking promising for the new slopestyle competition.
Torah Bright hopes to become the first snowboarder to compete in three disciplines in Sochi and has ambitious
Olympic hopeful Scotty James tells Chanel Parratt what to expect in the Russian city of Sochi
plans to take out medals in each. Getting ready to depart for the games, James, who visited Russia last year, says there aren’t many places that compare to Sochi.
“Winter sports don’t have many venues that are close to the ocean so that will make Sochi really unique.
“As far as my events, halfpipe and slopestyle are concerned, Sochi is going to be amazing. The layout of the events, I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s going to be pretty remarkable for the spectators and also for the athletes competing,” he says.
WHERE IS IT?
Sochi (pronounced so-key) sits in southwestern Russia on the coast of the Black Sea. Josef Stalin built a holiday home here and since the 1930s Sochi has been the unofficial summer capital of Russia.
The Caucasus Mountains frame the city, its coastline stretches 145km along the sea, making it one of the longest cities in the world.
A permanent population of 350,000 swells in summer, with Sochi’s subtropical climate attracting about two million visitors each year.