Russians loved training at Apex

National ski team visits Canada to prepare for Sochi Olympics

RUSSIA’S national aerial freestyle ski team loved their time training at Apex Mountain Resort. In preparation for the Sochi Olympics in Russia

Russia’s national aerial ski team is very pleased with their training at Apex Mountain.

In preparation for the Sochi Olympics in Russia, the team began training in Penticton on Nov. 15 and head coach Dmitriy Kavunov said everything has gone well.

“We have good training. Just one day was cold. It’s not a big deal,” said Kavunov.

Having previously worked with the Canadian national team, Kavunov said this is the first time in the three years he’s coached the Russian national team they have trained at Apex Mountain. Kavunov said the facilities are good and they have been happy with snow conditions and other services they have received.

“We are very happy to be here,” he said.

The Russians have trained five days a week with their seven athletes. Kavunov said they are trying their best to be as prepared as possible for Sochi.

“Every team has pretty good athletes,” he said. “It’s very difficult to say how it will be in the Olympics.”

The Russian team concludes its training on Friday, then heads to Vancouver for a flight to China for the World Cup.

Kavunov said if there is money in the budget, they would consider returning to Apex to train. He was very appreciative of the staff at the resort and said people were friendly and helpful.