VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA – With less than a hundred days to go until the XXII Winter Olympic Games, to be held in Russian Federation’s city of Sochi, final preparations are well underway. The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has launched the international sales of licensed Games products on the official online store. Souvenirs with the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games logos are now available in over 200 countries with residents of France and Japan being the most active to date. The official Sochi 2014 licensed products online store offers more than two thousand different items, ranging from badges and key rings to suitcases, scooters and bicycles. Bestsellers are the Sochi 2014 Olympic mascots plush toy, coins, badges and traditional Russian Khokhloma, Gzhel and Semikarakorsk ceramic handicrafts. On average, each order processed through the online store sees fans purchase 7-8 items with international orders being delivered within 2 to 10 days.
Sochi Winter Olympics will feature 98 medal events in 15 disciplines of 7 winter sports with venues scattered over two clusters, a coastal cluster in Sochi Olympic Park and a mountain cluster on KrasnayaPolyana. The newly constructed Rosa Khutor Extreme Park venue situated on KrasnayaPolyana will host the Mountain Cluster’s snowboarding and freestyle skiing events with men’s moguls scheduled for the Monday of February 10th, 2014.
In 2005 Dale Begg-Smith was awarded Ski and Snowboard Australia’s Snow Sports Athlete of the Year. Following a series of World Cup successes, Dale attended the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy along with his brother Jason Begg-Smith. He made history as he won the Olympic Gold Medal by becoming the youngest man to ever win Olympic gold in the sport. In 2006, Australia Post noted that his gold medal put him in a “small and honored group of athletes” and issued a postage stamp commemorating Begg-Smith’s achievement. Dale Begg-Smith continued to win three World Cup season victories over the following four years. He went on to set the record for the most consecutive World Cup finals in events he has entered, by qualifying for 60 consecutive finals. After his success at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics with a silver medal and having 4 World Cup season wins, Dale cemented himself as the greatest freestyle mogul skier of all time.
Dale Begg-Smith set the record for the only freestyle athlete to medal at all four major events entered, due to his Olympic and world championship podiums. He became Australia’s most successful winter athlete due to his Olympic gold and Olympic silver medals. Begg-Smith enjoys giving back to Australia, the country he feels fortunate to be a part of. He spends time volunteering with young Australian mogul skiers, teaching them from his experience and skills. Mentoring young athletes, Begg-Smith is able to share his love of the sport.He is one of only five Australians to win a gold medal in the Winter Games alongside Olympians Torah Bright, Lydia Lassila, Alisa Camplin, and Steven Bradbury.