Alpine coaches partake in a little monkey business at Sochi Olympics
Feb 14, 6:00am EST
What’s that up in the trees? Are those…chimpanzees?
Well, yes and no.
During the opening downhill run of the Sochi Olympic men’s super-combined today, perched high up in the tree along the Rosa Khutor course were two coaches looking to get the bird’s eye view of their skiers speeding down the slope.
In the name of fun, Scotty Veenis, an assistant speed coach with the U.S. Ski Team, and Rewk Patten, a speed coach with Team Canada, decided to don chimpanzee masks. While going incognito, the two were hardly inconspicuous. The two made television coverage of the event and were captured in the act by photographers. See below:
Embedded owg_slideshow: U.S. and Canadian Ski coaches monkey around
Coaches perching themselves in the trees for a better view is hardly a rare occurrence. It is seen on almost a weekly basis during the World Cup season.
It is interesting to see here at the Olympics, however, considering that race officials had explicitly urged coaches before the Games began not to climb the trees along the slope due to safety concerns.
But coaches stop at nothing when it comes to gaining perspective for their athletes.
The Olympics aren’t just monkey business, after all.