Sochi Winter Olympics Kick Off Today; What It’s Like to Train

[ 0 ] February 7, 2014 |

Sochi Olympics kick off Friday amid security concerns as world renowned Olympic snowboarder Shaun White pulls out of new daredevil Slopestyle event; genConnect talks to Team USA freeskier Brita Sigourney about what it’s like to train for such a world-class event

The Sochi Winter Olympic Games officially begin today amidst tight security as the last of the Olympic athletes arrived Thursday – including most of Team USA. Although opening ceremonies will be held Friday, qualification events have begun in the men’s and ladies’ slopestyle, while the ladies’ moguls and team figure skating contests start later. Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Games, is promising Sochi will be “the safest place on Earth during the Olympics,” and President Vladimir Putin is under the gun to ensure a smooth Games despite rancor surrounding the Russian government’s anti-gay stance, restrictions on freedom of expression, and recent bouts of violence.

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American snowboarder Shaun White, known throughout the world for his daredevil boarding, abruptly withdrew from Slopestyle this week – the newest Olympic event that consists of an acrobatic, free-form spree across a snowy obstacle course of rails and jumps. White is still scheduled to compete in the half pipe and is the favorite to win the gold medal, but shaunwhitehis high-profile campaign to capture a medal in two events is over. There has been much concern over the safety of certain events and courses.

genConnect spoke with freeskier Brita Sigourney, a member of Team USA in Sochi, about preparing for high-profile competitions. “You have to make sure that you’re on your game, and usually you want to get all your tricks done before that day so you know where you are and where you stand,” Sigourney says. “But mostly just try to have fun and go with the flow.”

Watch Brita Sigourney discuss the trial-and-error nature of winter action sports:

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