By Braxton Crisp
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Excitement is beginning to fill the air as the 2014 Winter Olympics approach. All eyes turn to the resort town of Sochi in southwest Russia as the best winter sport athletes in the world compete for gold medals and glory for their native countries.
While most Sochians are hard at work getting ready to welcome the thousands of athletes and fans who will descend on the city Feb. 6-23, Marshall University tennis player and Sochi native Anna Pomyatinskaya will be in Huntington competing on the Herd’s indoor tennis schedule.
The freshman joined the Herd at the beginning of the spring semester and has accumulated a 2-0 record in singles play. Pomyatinskaya said she is excited to be able to watch the games in her hometown from 5,000 miles away in Huntington.
“It’s pretty hard to believe that I’m going to be watching games that are in my city, where I grew up,” Pomyatinskaya said.
She said having the Winter Games in Russia is not out of the ordinary, but Sochi is not a typical Russian winter town.
“It’s next to the [Black] Sea, so people go there in the summer, so it’s pretty unusual that we would have the Winter Games,” Pomyatinskaya said.
In prior years, Huntington has hosted events such as youth soccer and little league baseball regional tournaments, which have created excitement throughout the region, but nothing like what the Olympics creates.
Pomyatinskaya said the Winter Olympics is the most exciting event she could imagine Sochi hosting…