US and Canadian Ski Instructors Monkey Around at Sochi

Feb 16, 2014 3:54pm
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Coaches from the U.S., top, and Canada wear chimpanzee masks from their perch in a tree to watch the downhill portion of the men's supercombined at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Credit: Luca Bruno/AP Photo

Just because you’re a grown man and an Olympic ski coach, doesn’t mean you can’t still climb trees, or don a chimpanzee mask while doing so.

This was proven after Team U.S.A. coach Scotty Veenis and Canadian coach Rewk Patton were snapped monkeying around in a trees surrounding the men’s super combined ski course on Friday.

Tree-climbing is a common practice for coaches, as it provides a decent vantage point to spot and videotape their skiers as they approach, especially on lengthy downhill courses, according to The Associated Press.

“There’s advantages and disadvantages,” Rearick said. “The advantage is I can see a lot more of the course. … You can see the difference in line relatively well. The disadvantages are you don’t see the angle when the athlete comes in and picks the ski up.”

The masks, however, are little less run-of-the mill.

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