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ELEANOR HALL: With just five days to go until the start of the Olympics, most members of
Australia's team are now settling into the Olympic city.

Last night the 43 members of the swimming team arrived at Beijing airport, where they were greeted
by a veteran of high pressure sporting events, the former Australian cricket captain, Steve Waugh.

Waugh, along with former Wallabies Captain John Eales and gold medal winning rower Kate Allen is an
official team mentor.

And he spoke to our Olympics reporter Karen Barlow at Beijing airport.

STEVE WAUGH: Oh look yeah I've enjoyed the experience so far in the village, I've been here about
36 hours and I've probably met about 300 people since I've been here and yeah look it's been really
good. I'm having a great time.

KAREN BARLOW: The Olympics is a whole new world for a cricketer.

STEVE WAUGH: It is, I feel very fortunate that I'm here, I never thought I'd have the chance to be
involved at the Olympic level and to be in the Olympic village; so it's really special and I feel
very honoured to be here.

KAREN BARLOW: Have you been called on yet to do any mentoring?

STEVE WAUGH: Yeah look, mentoring is part of it I guess, just observing and seeing what's going on,
there's been you know a couple of little things where I've sort of, I think I can add a bit of
experience and I've been in a similar situation; a couple of things that have happened already. So
it's more keeping my eyes and ears out and just seeing what's going on.

KAREN BARLOW: Can you tell us about it? I know it's about personal experiences for Olympians; are
they overwhelmed by the experience?

STEVE WAUGH: I don't think so, I think most of them are pretty season campaigners you know, they've
been on a bit of light preparation, a lot of effort.

I guess the one thing at the Olympic level is the amount of pressure that is on at this event; I
mean it's once every four years and a lot rides on your performance here. So the key is to do the
same things you've always done and try and block out the fact that it is the Olympics.

KAREN BARLOW: So what have they asked you to help them out with?

STEVE WAUGH: Oh look I've been in this role for about six to nine months now and it's really
talking about pressure situations, how to handle the media like yourselves. I think that the big
moment how to handle pressure situations, just little things that crop up and things that I've seen
in my 20 years playing professional sport. It's all the same issues across the whole variety of
sports; it's not just unique to cricket.

KAREN BARLOW: How have you found Beijing so far?

STEVE WAUGH: Well I've really been just confined to the village and a few areas around it but first
impressions are it's very nice, the sky's been clear, everything's clean, people are very friendly
and the village everyone says is the best ever. So I think it's been great so far.

KAREN BARLOW: I hear the food hall is quite good.

STEVE WAUGH: Yeah it's very tempting, there's a McDonalds down there and I've banned myself from
going there at this stage. But yeah the food is excellent, there's absolutely no problems there and
in fact it's probably too good.

KAREN BARLOW: With the arrival of the swimmers more than half the team has arrived now, so I
suppose there must be a big buzz with the Australians.

STEVE WAUGH: It is and the village, you can tell where the Australians are in the village now we've
got things set up there. We've got the flags flying and we've got chairs out on the grassed areas,
we've got a TV set up, we watched the Bledisloe Cup yesterday with the New Zealanders.

And yeah I think there is a really good atmosphere where the Australian section of the compound is
and people know that, that's Australia.

ELEANOR HALL: And that's the former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh, he's now a mentor for
the Olympic team, he was speaking to Karen Barlow at Beijing airport.