Heavy medal haul in sight at Win­ter Games

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - RACE ON -

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.

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