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My Experience at the Team GB Sochi 2014 Conference

Fiona Hughes

August 28, 2013 10:02 am

I spent the weekend down at the Team GB Sochi 2014 Conference, at the University of Bath.

My Experience at the Team GB Sochi 2014 Conference

The conference was aimed at informing all the potential athletes and support staff about the Olympics and Russia, and to allow everyone from different sports to meet and get to know each other. There were quite a lot of people at the conference that I had been to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver with, so it was nice to see them all again (including my roomie and gold medallist Amy Williams), and it was fun to meet lots of new people too.

It was also fun to find out more about some of the other winter sports. There was also a media summit where I had several interviews and photo shoots, including a rollerski demonstration. One photographer was quite disappointed to find out that I can’t do flips and tricks on my rollerskis!

Whilst chatting with Lizzie Arnold (a skeleton athlete) and Katie Summerhayes (a slope style skier), I got asked whether we had four runs in cross country skiing too. I didn’t really understand what I was being asked, but then realised I was being asked whether we got four attempts at each of our events and whether the best or average time was used! Can you imagine having to do a 30km race four times to find your fastest time? Thankfully we don’t, otherwise cross country skiing would be even harder than it already is!

We got to see a fashion show of some of the adidas Team GB clothing for the Olympics, modelled by a few of the athletes. It looked really good! Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take any photos, so you’ll just have to wait until the offical kit launch just before the Winter Olympics to see it all!

On Saturday afternoon we had an extreme snowball battle. It was meant to be a team building activity, but we all got very competitive! It was so much fun! Unfortunately my team didn’t do very well, I’m blaming dodgy refereeing! I did some good training session whilst I was at the conference, including a strength session at the Sports Training Village at the University of Bath, an early morning run around Bath and a classic rollerski in the sun on my way home.

Some of the British skeleton team were in the gym whilst I was, and it was fun to hear them making so much noise encouraging each other when they were doing their max lifting! The conference has got me really excited about the Winter Olympics.

I’ve still got a lot of work to put in this summer, and need to have some of my best races ever this winter to qualify, but I’m confident that if things carry on going to plan then I will be at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in less than six months time!