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Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Nordic combined-More personalities sought to broaden appeal

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The niche Winter Games sport of Nordic combined wants to turn more of its athletes into personalities in a bid to attract television viewers in the United States and elsewhere.

The discipline also looks set to follow the lead taken by ski jumping and allow women to compete.

Feb 23, 2014

What do you do with a mountain resort with Games gone?

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Stanislav Kuznetsov has a headache like no other: it measures 780,000 square meters and covers a large expanse of Russian mountainside.

The Gorky Gorod resort in the snowy Caucasus peaks above Sochi was packed during the Winter Olympics. Now the Games are ending, Kuznetsov’s job is to keep filling the nine hotels.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-What do you do with a mountain resort with Games gone?

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Stanislav Kuznetsov has a headache like no other: it measures 780,000 square metres and covers a large expanse of Russian mountainside.

The Gorky Gorod resort in the snowy Caucasus peaks above Sochi was packed during the Winter Olympics. Now the Games are ending, Kuznetsov’s job is to keep filling the nine hotels.

Feb 23, 2014

Cross country-Russia sweep medals in men’s 50 km

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Russia swept the medals after a dramatic finish to the 50 km cross-country race on Sunday, with Alexander Legkov edging out compatriots Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov to claim gold.

Just 0.8 seconds separated the top three and the result means Russia cannot be caught at the top of the medals table.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Cross country-Russia sweep medals in men’s 50 km

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Russia swept the medals after a dramatic finish to the 50 km cross-country race on Sunday, with Alexander Legkov edging out compatriots Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov to claim gold.

Just 0.8 seconds seperated the top three and the result means Russia cannot be caught at the top of the medals table.

Feb 22, 2014

Speed skating: France win gold for worst federation, says Contin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – French speed skaters did not win a medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics but Alexis Contin believes his federation deserves gold for being the worst in history.

After a disappointing men’s pursuit race on Saturday, Contin, who suffers from a thyroid problem, fumed at the French federation of ice sports, which he and his team mates complained had not supported the speed skating program enough.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-France win gold for worst federation, says Contin

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – French speed skaters did not win a medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics but Alexis Contin believes his federation deserves gold for being the worst in history.

After a disappointing men’s pursuit race on Saturday, Contin, who suffers from a thyroid problem, fumed at the French federation of ice sports, which he and his team mates complained had not supported the speed skating programme enough.

Feb 20, 2014

Norway hold off Germany for dramatic team win

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Norway scraped the narrowest of wins in a dramatic finish to the Olympic Nordic combined men’s team event on Thursday, holding off Germany to grab the gold by just 0.3 seconds.

Coming into the stadium at the end of the 4 x 5 km cross-country relay race, Norway’s Joergen Graabak was just ahead of Fabian Riessle.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Nordic combined-Norway hold off Germany for dramatic team win

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Norway scraped the narrowest of wins in a dramatic finish to the Olympic Nordic combined men’s team event on Thursday, holding off Germany to grab the gold by just 0.3 seconds.

Coming into the stadium at the end of the 4 x 5 km cross-country relay race, Norway’s Joergen Graabak was just ahead of Fabian Riessle.

Feb 20, 2014

Germany take narrow lead in team event

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Germany could only manage to eke out a narrow lead in the Nordic combined team competition on Thursday after the jumping event, leaving the way open for Norway to take control on the cross-country course.

The four-man German team put in a series of solid jumps from the large hill and will start the 4x5km relay race seven seconds ahead of Austria, who won the event in 2010.

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      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
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