Excuse me, I didn’t order this slushie

Watching the women’s ski slopestyle final yesterday, Ice Age’s hapless sabre-toothed squirrel Scrat and his all too fleeting embraces with his precious acorn came to mind. For 30 tantalising minutes, we had a bronze medal in our fingertips. Or at least Anna Segal did. And then a Canadian took it off her. Ski slopestyle is…

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Crashes a-go-go at Sochi

The Winter Olympics has always been a bit of a poor relation to its older summer sibling. Fewer athletes, too many clothes. But if there’s one area where the Winter Games come into their own, it’s in the element of danger. Downhill skiers descend mountains faster than the highway speed limit. The lugeys go just…

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Sochi: Aussie hopes on ice… for now

OK, let’s deal with the elephant in the room. If there is one weakness in the Australian sports physiology, it is in the pursuits involving ice and snow. It’s not our fault. We are, after all, bronzed Aussies. We love a sunburnt country. Drought and bushfire are the natural ravages of our land. Our minds…

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An Olympics volunteer welcomes you to Sochi

Privet. My name Vladimir, like man I love in totally non-sexual way. Welcome to Sochi, one of warmest cities in Russia. Is perfect place for Winter Olympics, da? Please to put on your sunblock. Some people say not nice things about Sochi. My job to tell truth, put record straight. The thing about buildings not…

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