7's Nancy Chen talks to local skaters, gets a taste of Sochi - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

7's Nancy Chen talks to local skaters, gets a taste of Sochi

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SOCHI, Russia (WHDH) -

One of the must see events is the short program for the team figure skating pairs. Keep an eye out for New England native Simon and Marissa.

This is the first time they will compete since winning championship in Boston in January. Their first appearance on the Olympic ice will also be the first time a team competition has been held in figure skating. They told on 7’s Nancy Chen so far they've been able to keep their jitters in check.

“I mean the nerves are there. The hype, of course being at the games is there. But we're here to do our job like we do every day in practice. And the competitions. So we're not going to approach it any differently. Just because it’s the Olympics,” said Simon Shanpir.

They’s not the only ones competing Thursday. New England's Hanna Kierney hitting the slopes in the freestyle skiing qualifier. She's considered a favorite for gold. She's won it before back in 2010. Simon and Marissa will perform the short program, and the spotlight will also be on American Jeremy Abbot as the men's competition and team figure skating gets under way.

7’s Nancy Chen is also getting quite a taste of Russian culture as well. She got a chance to check out the local market and even tried a few dishes.

Sochi sits right on the border with Georgia. So like any border town there are all kind of influences when it comes to a local market.

Since Russia is so close to so many countries you can find a lot of different foods inside Sochi. 7’s Nancy Chen tried some levosh inside a traditional Armenian bakery and said it was delicious.

The flat bread is made with simple ingredients, salt, flour and water. Soft and chewy when fresh it can be dried and stored for almost a year, needing just sprinkles of water to become softer.

Because Sochi is right on the water, there's also plenty of seafood to be found in the market. Fresh, pickled and dried, a permanent farmer's market if you will. It also features many different kinds of cheeses, colorful spices, and plenty of fruits and vegetables can be found everywhere as well. Hanging are tease.

7’s Nancy Chen said though she couldn't speak Russian, food is a universal language.

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