February 10, 2006
24 seconds with Alanna Kraus
BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

Abbotsford-born short-track speed skater Alanna Kraus is at her second Winter Olympics. The 2002 bronze medallist begins competition Sunday.

24 hours: What was the high point of the 2002 Games?

Alanna Kraus: "Marching in the opening ceremonies at the stadium. I really look forward to it."

24: You've been through Torino before. First impressions?

Kraus: "The coffee is great, you can't find bad coffee. The city is really beautiful and really old."

24: You've had some exotic travel this year.

Kraus: "We went to Thailand for five days and had a break for team-building and relaxation, then we went to China and Korea for World Cup."

24: Did you see any of the damage from the 2004 tsunami?

Kraus: "You could see damage on the palm trees and we went to one beach that's still in ruins. People were struggling, but at the same time I love the people there. They're not begging for money. They're really happy to see you there because tourism is the number - one job."

24: What do you do when you're not practicing?

Kraus: "I hang out with my teammate Amanda, we talk forever, we read a lot, listen to music, go for coffee. It would be nice to go to a couple of events (in Torino), I'll have six family members coming over. At Salt Lake City I spent a lot of time at Canada House."







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