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."