Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, Alberta, competes in ski halfpipe at an FIS freestyle World Cup and Sochi Olympics test event in Rhosa Khutor, Russia, on February 16. 2013. The required piece of gear for halfpipe photographers is crampons. Steep, smooth and very slippery. (Photo – Mike Ridewood/COC)
Sochi is a very different Olympic location. Salt Lake City 2002 had Park City, Torino 2006 had Sestriere, and Vancouver 2010 had Whistler. But Sochi started from nothing.
I spent this past February in Sochi, Russia, shooting Olympic test events for the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC). I stayed in Rhosa Khutor in the mountain cluster of venues which includes all the snow events, the sliding centre, and the ski jump venue.
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