Sochi 2014: Russia’s first Winter Olympics – in quotes

Sochi 2014: Some of the best quotes over the last fortnight of Olympic action from Russia

By James Abbott

As the Winter Games drew to a close on Sunday, here are some of the best quotes from Sochi 2014:

Once you’re in the sled you have to sit still. If one of the guys farts you just want to get to the finish and everyone is yelling and wants to get out of the sled.” – Latvian Helvijs Lusis reveals one of the lesser-known hazards of bobsleigh.

It’s hot, cool and it’s f**king mine.”- Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov comes up with his own take on the official Sochi 2014 motto (Hot.Cool.Yours.) after taking gold in the halfpipe.

In the end, I am just a guy wearing spandex that turns left really fast.” – Short track skater Oliver Jean keeps it simple.

Well, eat me now. You’ll eat me and I’ll be gone.” – Russia men’s ice hockey coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov was a bit upset when asked about his future after his team’s quarter-final elimination by Finland.

We have a new system. We are training together.” – Czech Republic’s biathlon coach Ondrej Rybar fortunately had that breakthrough moment on the essential requirement behind a successful team.

I am probably done in this sport. I don’t think this is the sport for me.” – US luger Preston Griffall contemplates a career change after four years of training saw him finish in 14th place.

I’ve been chosen because I am the special one.” – Move over Jose Mourinho. Bobsledder Marvin Dixon lays claim to the title after being picked as Jamaica’s flag bearer.

We listen to music, we eat as much as possible and slap each other in the face.” – Andrew Matthews reveals Team GB’s interesting pre-race ritual in bobsleigh.

We wish much luck to all the journalists who will clearly have much joy criticising us.” – Coach Mikhail Chekanov politely prepares himself for the critics after Russia’s women lose in the ice hockey.

Everything went smoothly until I crashed.” – Swiss Ski crosser Sanna Luedi assesses where it went wrong.

Just with my looks, I could have won.” – Another from snowboarder Podladtchikov regarding his superiority in every way over US star Shaun White.

I hurt my man parts really bad. I’m gonna have to get on the ice tonight.” – Australian snowboarder Scotty James looks ahead to a uncomfortable night after falling on a jump on the slopestyle course.

It’s like 100 out of 10.” – US figure skater Gracie Gold is good with numbers.

I told them three things last night: fight until the end, believe in yourself, believe in your teammates and sparkle out there.” – Team USA cross-country coach Matt Whitcomb cannot resist a dazzling fourth thing.

I did an extra run at St. Moritz two weeks ago and crashed and broke my ankle, dislocated my collarbone and knocked myself out. So it wasn’t the ideal preparation.” – Skeleton slider Ben Sandford of New Zealand states the obvious.

The main thing is to race over to McDonald’s to get an egg McMuffin before they shut down for the morning.” – Canada’s men’s hockey coach Mike Babcock outlines the priorities at the Olympics.


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