Olympics: Ladies first in Sochi's Black Sea bubble
SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Kim Yu Na, Sara Takanashi and Mikaela Shiffrin have the task of dragging the Winter Olympics out of Sochi's Black Sea bubble and transforming a spectacle so long bullied by its brash summer cousin.
With the Russian resort under security lockdown, and with US$50 billion (S$63.8 billion) lavished on the Feb 7-23 showpiece, the likes of figure skater Kim, ski jumper Takanashi and teenage slalom queen Shiffrin are set to be headline-makers.
Their grace and power will undoubtedly overshadow even Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.
He's the 40-year-old Norwegian biathlete who has 11 medals stretching back to 1994 and needs just one more to join compatriot Bjorn Daehlie as the most decorated winter Olympian of all time.