Walking with the stars – honour for sportscotland sports psychologist

sportscotland sports psychologist Misha Botting will be marching with Team GB athletes at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi today (Friday 7 Feb).

Misha, originally from Russia, is one of several sportscotland institute of sport staff working with the Team GB athletes in Russia.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Misha said:

“It is a great privilege to be part of Team GB and a great honour to be marching with them at the opening ceremony.  However I see this as an opportunity to represent the work of the sportscotland institute of sport – I am simply one part of a team that works tirelessly to ensure that our Olympians are best prepared for the final stage of this important competition.”

Director of High Performance at sportscotland, Mike Whittingham said:

"Once again the strong presence of sportscotland staff will be witnessed by the world at an opening ceremony of an Olympic Games.

“This is a proud day for Scotland and indeed the institute of sport.  Misha Botting is one of our most experienced practitioners and his presence demonstrates the close working relationship and massive contribution we make to the British Olympic Association and Team GB.

“Misha was born in Russia and has been employed by the institute for over six years as our sports psychologist to the high performance curling programme.  He will be feeling very emotional tonight on two accounts - one walking in front of his Russian relatives in front of millions of people, and also now as part of Team GB supported in Sochi by the sportscotland Institute of sport."

  • Date published: 07 February 2014
  • Date updated: 04 May 2016
  • Published by: sportscotland