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Begg-Smith back for another crack

BACK IN ACTION: Australian skier Dale Begg-Smith warms up on the moguls layout in Sochi.
BACK IN ACTION: Australian skier Dale Begg-Smith warms up on the moguls layout in Sochi. Getty

AUSTRALIAN Olympic officials were forced to apologise after Dale Begg-Smith apparently did a runner from a press interview on his arrival in Sochi last week.

But they will not be saying sorry if the Canadian-born Australian adds another medal to his Winter Olympics collection in the moguls final early tomorrow morning.

Begg-Smith who took three years off after winning silver in Vancouver four years ago and gold in Turin in 2006, will take on a strong contingent from the land of his birth as he attempts to add to his medal haul.

Between them 2010 Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau and Canadian teammate Mikael Kingsbury have won 28 of the past 49 World Cup events and will be favourites to win in Sochi.

Also in the running for a medal will be Australians Matt Graham, Sam Hall and Brodie Summers, who all are in the medal hunt.

But all eyes will be on Begg-Smith, who explained last week in a rare interview just why he is back from his hiatus.

"I kind of saw the (Australian) team improving and you just kind of get the itch when you see the Olympics coming up," he said.

"I think I always had in the back of my mind that at some point I would want to return."

Begg-Smith said he had kept fit during his time off and was just looking forward to getting out and let his skiing do the talking.

Also looking forward to competing tomorrow is long-track speedskater Daniel Greig, who has come to the fore since winning silver at a world cup race in Nagano last month.

Greig, 22, who began inline skating as a six-year-old in Victoria, said: "The race is not really to see how fast I'm going.

"I know I'm going fast.

"It's more to just get used to the feel of the ice under racing conditions and get my mind into racing."

Greig is confident but not complacent about his goal of finishing in the top five.

"A couple of years ago I set myself the goal of top five," he said.

"It was a pretty lofty goal back then and even now it's not going to be easy.

"The best guys in the world are here and they are all in the form of their life too."

Greig takes part in the 500m tonight and also the 1000m event on Wednesday.

AUSSIE ACTION

  • Alpine skiing women's combined - Greta Small
  • Biathon men's pursuit - Alex Almoukov
  • Long-track speedskating - Daniel Greig 500m
  • Men's moguls - Dale Begg-Smith, Matt Graham, Sam Hall and Brodie Summers
 

1. Norway

10
4
7
2. United States
8
6
11
3. Germany
8
7
7
4. Russia
7
9
7
5. Canada
7
9
4
6. Netherlands
6
7
9
7. Switzerland
6
3
2
8. Belarus
5
0
1
9. France
4
4
7
10. Poland
4
0
0
22. Australia
0
2
1

Topics:  olympics sochi


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