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Monkey business for U.S., Canadian ski coaches in Sochi

Feb 14, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

No, the Planet of the Apes haven’t taken over the Sochi Olympics.

Team USA ski coach Scotty Veenis and his Canadian counterpart, Rewk Patton, just decided to don chimpanzee masks while watching the downhill portion of today’s men’s super combined from the trees that line the course.

Here’s a photo of the monkey business at Rosa Khutor. You can also find more shots over on

source: AP

Photo: AP

For those wondering why Veenis and Patton were even up in the trees to begin with, it actually is a long-standing practice along the World Cup circuit.

Climbing a tree provides a great vantage point for coaches to film runs that can later be used for analysis with their skiers.

  1. doctorrustbelt - Feb 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I’m a flea bit peanut monkey
    All my friends are junkies
    That’s not really true

    I’m a cold Italian pizza
    I could use a lemon squeezer
    What you do?

    But I’ve been bit and I’ve been tossed around
    By every she-rat in this town
    Have you, babe?

    Well, I am just a monkey man
    I’m glad you are a monkey woman too

    I was bitten by a boar
    I was gouged and I was gored
    But I pulled on through

    Yes, I’m a sack of broken eggs
    I always have an unmade bed
    Don’t you?

    Well, I hope we’re not too messianic
    Or a trifle too satanic
    We love to play the blues

    Well I am just a monkey man
    I’m glad you are a monkey, monkey woman too

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