Lifestyle

SOCHI SCENE: Suddenly, dolphins

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Every Winter Games has its unique moment for every visitor, away from the races and medal podiums, that makes it special.

Going into Sochi's final weekend, I was still missing one. Then I went jogging along the seafront in late morning, watching the glimmering Black Sea, when something caught my eye. Dolphins were breaking the surface with their graceful dips and dives. I never thought I would see the sea mammals within one turn of the head from a Winter Olympic park.

The 1994 Lillehammer Games were special, too. Some nights, you could tumble backward into the snow, watch the magic of the Northern Lights above and feel how nature can make your heart pound. In Nagano four years later, it was sitting in piping hot onsen baths amid rocks in the cold outside, gazing up at the snow-capped mountains around you.

The Turin Games in 2006 were about gastronomy with l'Osteria del Boccondivino outside the city. It represents the heart of the slow food movement, and its panna cotta was to die for. Coming to Vancouver four years later was no better. Instead of sweets, the trays of local oysters made the Olympics away from the Olympics one to remember.

In Sochi, it was the fleeting grace of an animal that made the clement, southern location stand out. — By Raf Casert — Twitter http://twitter.com/rcasert

Associated Press reporters are filing dispatches about happenings in and around Sochi during the 2014 Winter Games. Follow AP journalists covering the Olympics on Twitter: http://apne.ws/1c3WMiu

Related Headlines

  • SOCHI SCENE: When Dogs Fly

    Gus Kenworthy's party back in Colorado to celebrate his silver medal in men's slopestyle skiing is going to have to wait. He's still waiting for Russia to let the dogs out. 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Smell the roses

    International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams and Sochi 2014 spokeswoman Aleksandra Kosterina have been through the grind of 15 daily briefings with reporters during ... 

  • Feline fans flock to London's first cat cafe

    Would you like some kitten with your coffee? Feline company is exactly what one of London's newest cafes is offering — and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up. 

  • 3 bear cubs rescued from captivity in Kosovo

    Animal activists in Kosovo say three brown bear cubs have been rescued from captivity. The one-month-old cubs, Ema, Oska and Ron, were found at two separate homes last week ...