David's Feed
Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Nordic Combined-It’s like the Summer Olympics, say sweaty athletes

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – More used to biting chill and snowy climes, Nordic Combined athletes sweated uncomfortably at ski jump training on Saturday as temperatures at the Sochi Winter Olympics hit a relatively balmy 18 degrees Celsius (64 Fahrenheit).

“It is so hot here, I feel like it’s the Summer Olympics,” said Akito Watabe of Japan, who won silver in the normal hill event on Wednesday.

Feb 15, 2014

Ski jumping – It’s 2 AM: do you know where your athletes are?

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Go to bed at 2 a.m., up at 11. Have a late breakfast. Nap. Then a late lunch, wander around, grab an energy drink. Try to focus.

Many Olympic ski jumpers have had to alter their routines to ensure they stay sharp for jumping events that start at 9:30 pm local time (1730 GMT) and often do not wrap up until well after midnight.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping – It’s 2 AM: do you know where your athletes are?

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Go to bed at 2 a.m., up at 11. Have a late breakfast. Nap. Then a late lunch, wander around, grab an energy drink. Try to focus.

Many Olympic ski jumpers have had to alter their routines to ensure they stay sharp for jumping events that start at 9:30 pm local time (1730 GMT) and often do not wrap up until well after midnight.

Feb 14, 2014

Poland’s Stoch lands biggest jump ahead of large hill

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – World number one Kamil Stoch of Poland maintained his intimidating streak of form on Friday, landing the longest jump of the day on the eve of the prestigious large hill competition.

Stoch, who won the gold in the normal hill event on Sunday, jumped 136 meters in a trial run despite using a gate two positions lower than that used by most of his rivals.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Poland’s Stoch lands biggest jump ahead of large hill

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – World number one Kamil Stoch of Poland maintained his intimidating streak of form on Friday, landing the longest jump of the day on the eve of the prestigious large hill competition.

Stoch, who won the gold in the normal hill event on Sunday, jumped 136 metres in a trial run despite using a gate two positions lower than that used by most of his rivals.

Feb 13, 2014

Austrian Morgenstern admits to fear after crash

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Three-times Austrian gold medalist ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern has admitted being fearful about tackling a large hill for the first time since suffering head injuries in a crash last month.

Morgenstern spent two weeks in hospital after losing control in the air and smashing into the ground during a training jump from a large hill in Germany. He won gold on the large hill at the 2006 Games.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Austrian Morgenstern admits to fear after crash

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Three-times Austrian gold medallist ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern has admitted being fearful about tackling a large hill for the first time since suffering head injuries in a crash last month.

Morgenstern spent two weeks in hospital after losing control in the air and smashing into the ground during a training jump from a large hill in Germany. He won gold on the large hill at the 2006 Games.

Feb 13, 2014

Jumps are fine, official says in wake of crashes

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (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 medalist Kamil Stoch suffered a bloody nose and left the course with his left arm in a sling after crashing.

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.

    • About David

      "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."
      Joined Reuters:
      1987
      Languages:
      English, French, Russian
      Awards:
      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
    • Contact David

    • Follow David