With just six days remaining until the 2014 Olympic Games officially open, members of Team USA who have already arrived in in Sochi, Russia updated fans and followers with a collection of Feb. 1 tweets that touched on everything from the best game in the Olympic village to the beauty of their surroundings.
Three-time Olympic long track speed skater Maria Lamb, who scored the nation's only berth in the women's 5,000 meter event, enthusiastically shared her plans for the day, tweeting "It's a gorgeous day in #Sochi and I'm about to go #speedskate on my favorite ice! :-)."
Other U.S. Olympians enjoyed some downtime in the village. Daly's skeleton teammate Katie Uhlaender shared a snapshot of Kyle Tress and Matt Antoine posing alongside what she termed her "favorite game" at the costal village: Rambo. Long track speed skater Heather Richardson posted a picture of herself and fellow athletes engaged in a "friendly game of taboo."
Networking took the cake for some athletes, as long track speed skater Patrick Meek shared a photo of himself and short track skaters Kyle Carr and J.R. Celski rubbing elbows with IOC President Thomas Bach, who Meek termed a "super nice guy."
Yet others simply took in their surroundings. Freeskier Nick Goepper marveled over the slopestyle course, which he called "HUGE. #tothemoon #teamusa #landsonthemoon," while long track skater Shani Davis offered up lavish praise for his temporary home, tweeting "the olympic village is basically the coolest place on earth. wish i could live here more than once every four years! #mycountryistheworld"
2014 Olympic Winter Games action kicks off Feb. 6 with women's moguls qualifications, snowboard slopestyle qualifications, and the first portion of the brand new figure skating team event, with the opening ceremonies following on Feb. 7.