Feb 9, 2010 1:59 AM

Olympians begin arriving in Vancouver

RICHMOND, British Columbia (AP) - From the hulking members of U.S. men's bobsledding team to tiny figure skater Amanda Evora, there's nothing like a free shopping spree to get into the Olympic mood.

In another sign the Vancouver Games are quickly approaching, U.S. athletes representing six sports were formally processed Monday afternoon at a suburban hotel. Aside from the mandatory medical checkups, the best part of the check-in process is all the cool free gear that's available.

"Oh my gosh!" shrieked Evora, when asked about her new red running shoes.

From sweaters to T-shirts to boots with red laces to the opening ceremony uniforms, athletes had plenty of options.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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