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20 February 2014
Australian Team Head Doctor, Dr Peter Braun, on site at the men's Ski Cross Finals on Thursday 21 February at Extreme Park in Rosa Khutor, Russia.

SOCHI 2014: While Australia's Team Doctor Peter Braun has put in countless hours of preparation during the 12 months leading up to the Games, he actually hopes in a peculiar way that most of his plans and procedures will not see the light of day in Sochi.

Anton Grimus poses during the Australian Winter Olympics Games press conference at Museum of Contemporary Art on October 30, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

FREESTYLE - SKI CROSS: Australian Freestyle skier Anton Grimus has put a lot of hard work into growing one of the most impressive beards of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, but the ski cross competitor will take a cut for a good cause on 22 February.

Anton Grimus and Scott Kneller of Australia jump during a Ski Cross training session at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on day 12 of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

FREESTYLE – SKI CROSS: After the high drama of Snowboard Cross at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park earlier this week, Ski Cross gets underway on Thursday, starting with the men’s competition.

Amy Sheehan of Australia takes a practice run prior to qualifying for the women's FIS Halfpipe Freestyle Ski World Cup at the U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix on December 19, 2013 in Copper Mountain, Colorado.

FREESTYLE – SKI HALFPIPE: As a kid Amy Sheehan spent much of her time in Byron Bay’s surf but now she is about to make her Olympic debut riding the crest of another wave.

Astrid Radjenovic and Jana Pittman (R) of Australia team 1 pose during the Women's Bobsleigh on Day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

BOBSLEIGH: Australian women’s Bobsleigh team, Astrid Radjenovic and Jana Pittman, have placed 14th at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, equaling the best result by an Australian women’s team at the Olympics.

Brooklee Han of Australia competes in the Figure Skating Ladies' Short Program on Day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

FIGURE SKATING: Thinking on her feet has seen Australia’s Brooklee Han put together a solid performance in the Ladies’ Individual Figure Skating and qualify her through to free program.

Jennifer Jones of Canada releases the stone during the women's semifinal match between Great Britain and Canada at Ice Cube Curling Centre.

CURLING: Sweden and Canada will play for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games women's Curling title after victories in their semifinal games on day 10 competition at the Ice Cube Curling Centre on Wednesday.

Men's gold medalist Vic Wild of Russia and women's bronze medalist Alena Zavarzina of Russia celebrate after the Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Finals at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

SNOWBOARD: It’s been a fairytale Olympics for Russian couple Vic Wild and Alena Zavarzina, winning gold and bronze medals minutes apart.

Gold medalists Marit Bjoergen (R) of Norway and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway celebrate after the Women's Team Sprint Classic Final during day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

CROSS COUNTRY: Norway's cross country skiing superstar Marit Bjoergen has taken her country to victory in the women's team sprint race, the fifth Olympic gold of her career.

Phillip Bellingham of Australia reacts after competing in the Men's 15 km Classic during day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

CROSS COUNTRY: Aussies Phil Bellingham and Callum Watson have capped off their debut Olympic Games with a 12th place finish in their semi-final of the Cross Country Team Sprint.