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Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Jumps are fine, official says in wake of crashes

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The International Ski Federation has no concerns about the ski jumps at the Sochi Winter Olympics, a federation spokesman said on Thursday, in the wake of two night-time training crashes, one of which sent an athlete to hospital.

In the last jump on Wednesday night on the large hill, Olympic gold medallist Kamil Stoch suffered a bloody nose and left the course with his left arm in a sling after crashing.

Feb 12, 2014

Germany’s sporting soldier Frenzel breaks away to win

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – German favorite Eric Frenzel won the Nordic Combined normal hill event on Wednesday, landing the longest jump of the day and then mastering a slushy cross-country course to beat Japan’s Akito Watabe.

The two men started about 30 seconds ahead of the pack on the cross-country leg and never looked to be in trouble. They exchanged places several times before Frenzel broke away about 300 meters from the finish to win by 4.2 seconds.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Nordic Combined-Germany’s sporting soldier Frenzel breaks away to win

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – German favourite Eric Frenzel won the Nordic Combined normal hill event on Wednesday, landing the longest jump of the day and then mastering a slushy cross-country course to beat Japan’s Akito Watabe.

The two men started about 30 seconds ahead of the pack on the cross-country leg and never looked to be in trouble. They exchanged places several times before Frenzel broke away about 300 metres from the finish to win by 4.2 seconds.

Feb 12, 2014

Germany’s Frenzel leads after jump section

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – World number one Eric Frenzel of Germany led the men’s Nordic Combined normal hill competition after the jumping section on Wednesday, giving him a lead of six seconds at the start of the cross-country course.

Frenzel, who had the longest jump of the round at 103 meters, will start ahead of Japan’s Akito Watabe for the 10km cross-country leg.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Nordic Combined – Germany’s Frenzel leads after jump section

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – World number one Eric Frenzel of Germany led the men’s Nordic Combined normal hill competition after the jumping section on Wednesday, giving him a lead of six seconds at the start of the cross-country course.

Frenzel, who had the longest jump of the round at 103 metres, will start ahead of Japan’s Akito Watabe for the 10km cross-country leg.

Feb 11, 2014

Ski jumping-Vogt wins first-ever women’s gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Carina Vogt of Germany made history on Tuesday when she won the women’s first ever Olympic ski jumping competition, marking the triumphant end of a 13-year fight by female athletes to take part in the Games.

The 22-year-old German world number two collapsed to the snow in tears when she the scoreboard showed that her second jump of 97.5 metres, the last of the competition, had been just enough to beat Austrian veteran Daniela Iraschko-Stolz.

Feb 11, 2014

Vogt wins first-ever women’s gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Carina Vogt of Germany made history on Tuesday when she won the women’s first ever Olympic ski jumping competition, marking the triumphant end of a 13-year fight by female athletes to take part in the Games.

The 22-year-old German world number two collapsed to the snow in tears when she the scoreboard showed that her second jump of 97.5 meters, the last of the competition, had been just enough to beat Austrian veteran Daniela Iraschko-Stolz.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Vogt wins first-ever women’s gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Carina Vogt of Germany made history on Tuesday when she won the women’s first ever Olympic ski jumping competition, marking the triumphant end of a 13-year fight by female athletes to take part in the Games.

The 22-year-old German world number two collapsed to the snow in tears when she the scoreboard showed that her second jump of 97.5 metres, the last of the competition, had been just enough to beat Austrian veteran Daniela Iraschko-Stolz.

Feb 11, 2014

Better helmets and body armor needed, says official

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Ski jumpers will have to don better helmets and could be required to wear body armor as part of a determined bid by authorities to make the sport as safe as possible, a top official said.

“It’s an outdoor sport, it’s a risky sport. We were able over the years to make it safer… we could make it (even) safer,” said Walter Hofer, the ski jumping race director at the International Ski Federation (FIS).

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Better helmets and body armour needed, says official

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Ski jumpers will have to don better helmets and could be required to wear body armour as part of a determined bid by authorities to make the sport as safe as possible, a top official said.

“It’s an outdoor sport, it’s a risky sport. We were able over the years to make it safer… we could make it (even) safer,” said Walter Hofer, the ski jumping race director at the International Ski Federation (FIS).

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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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