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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).

Feb 11, 2014

Nordic Combined: Mild weather produce tough cross-country course

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Mild weather conditions look set to produce a treacherous cross-country course in Wednesday’s normal hill Nordic Combined competition, favoring teams which have strong skiing squads.

In the Nordic Combined event, athletes take one jump from the hill and then race against each other over a 10km cross country course.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Nordic Combined-Mild weather produce tough cross-country course

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Mild weather conditions look set to produce a treacherous cross-country course in Wednesday’s normal hill Nordic Combined competition, favouring teams which have strong skiing squads.

In the Nordic Combined event, athletes take one jump from the hill and then race against each other over a 10km cross country course.

Feb 10, 2014

Olden, golden, U.S. team prepare for last shot

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Fired up by an ailing 33-year-old and a 37-year-old “freak of nature” who is recovering from a dislocated shoulder, the U.S. Nordic Combined team are gearing up for another real shot at Olympic medals.

The United States have gradually become a major player in Nordic Combined, where athletes first take a single leap from a ski jump and then race on a cross country track.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Nordic Combined-Olden, golden, U.S. team prepare for last shot

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Fired up by an ailing 33-year-old and a 37-year-old “freak of nature” who is recovering from a dislocated shoulder, the U.S. Nordic Combined team are gearing up for another real shot at Olympic medals.

The United States have gradually become a major player in Nordic Combined, where athletes first take a single leap from a ski jump and then race on a cross country track.

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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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