This last week we had our first visit to Sochi, RUS the site of our next Olympics in 2014. This was the first opportunity to get on the hills and check out the cross-country course. Needless to say it was a very valuable experience for me heading into the next two years. Checking out the venues, and the behind the scenes action going on right now really helps you have a better understanding of what the final project will be like.
The venues and methods of transportation for the Olympics is going to be unlike anything I have ever seen before. From the airport it will be possible to take a 25 minute train ride and you will be a the base of all the venues for the Olympics. From there each sports respective venue can be reached by Gondola's as well as by road. The arena sport venues will also be easily accessed downtown, and I can tell you even in the winter it will be possible to hang out on the beach while watching the Winter Olympics!
The city of Sochi was very nice, the people were all extremely helpful and friendly and we as athletes felt very welcomed to be there. The Jump hills were awesome and the cross country course for us at the olympics will be nothing short of challenging.
After 40 hours of travel, I am back home in Park City, UT now and looking back the one thing that was most impressive about our first trip was the amount of construction going on. Crews are working 24 hours a day 7 days a week to complete the high speed trains, lifts, venues, and hotels/accommodations. If I had to guess the amount of construction happening in sochi is probably in the 300 billion dollar range. Truly an impressive project, which is going to make for a spectacular winter games!
Up next we have U.S. Nationals here in Park City, UT the first week of August! Stay tuned for more and if you have checked out our TDF video I posted it below, take a look!