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Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Nordic combined-Ours is among the toughest sports of all, say tired athletes

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Consider for a second the plight of the Nordic combined athlete, who must simultaneously excel at both ski jumping and cross country.

If you stay light in a bid to soar far, your lungs will be bursting on the race track as hardier rivals pull away.

Feb 18, 2014

Norway’s Graabak wins large hill gold in sprint finish

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Norway’s Joergen Graabak mounted a masterful sprint finish to win the men’s individual large hill Nordic combined event in heavy rain on Tuesday, pipping compatriot Magnus Moan for the gold.

As the leading pack of nine athletes entered the stadium for the final time, Germany’s Bjoern Kircheisen was in the lead. But Graabak started pulling away with 100 meters to go and Moan followed him.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Nordic combined-Norway’s Graabak wins large hill gold in sprint finish

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Norway’s Joergen Graabak mounted a masterful sprint finish to win the men’s individual large hill Nordic combined event in heavy rain on Tuesday, pipping compatriot Magnus Moan for the gold.

As the leading pack of nine athletes entered the stadium for the final time, Germany’s Bjoern Kircheisen was in the lead. But Graabak started pulling away with 100 metres to go and Moan followed him.

Feb 18, 2014

Ski jumping – Germany beat Austria in thrilling team event

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – An 18-year-old Olympic debutant helped propel Germany to a dramatic victory over defending champions Austria in the men’s ski jumping competition at the Sochi Games on Monday.

In a see-saw battle that saw the lead change hands several times, Austria held a tiny 0.3 point lead over the Germans with two jumps left after a fine effort by Thomas Morgenstern, who is still recovering from two bad crashes.

Feb 17, 2014

Germany beats Austria in thrilling team competition

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – An 18-year-old Olympic debutant helped propel Germany to a dramatic victory over defending champions Austria in the men’s ski jumping competition at the Sochi Games on Monday.

In a see-saw battle that saw the lead change hands several times, Austria held a tiny 0.3 point lead over the Germans with just two jumps left after a fine effort by Thomas Morgenstern, who is still recovering from two bad crashes.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Germany beats Austria in thrilling team competition

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – An 18-year-old Olympic debutant helped propel Germany to a dramatic victory over defending champions Austria in the men’s ski jumping competition at the Sochi Games on Monday.

In a see-saw battle that saw the lead change hands several times, Austria held a tiny 0.3 point lead over the Germans with just two jumps left after a fine effort by Thomas Morgenstern, who is still recovering from two bad crashes.

Feb 16, 2014

Austrian team “not in the best shape”, says top jumper

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – The Austrian ski jumping team are not in good shape and can only be regarded as an outside bet to retain their Olympic team title, the nation’s top-ranked jumper said on Sunday.

Austria, traditionally a strong jumping nation, won the team title in both 2006 and 2010 but have underperformed at Sochi and are in danger of missing out on a medal for the first time since 2002.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Austrian team “not in the best shape”, says top jumper

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The Austrian ski jumping team are not in good shape and can only be regarded as an outside bet to retain their Olympic team title, the nation’s top-ranked jumper said on Sunday.

Austria, traditionally a strong jumping nation, won the team title in both 2006 and 2010 but have underperformed at Sochi and are in danger of missing out on a medal for the first time since 2002.

Feb 16, 2014

Ski jumping: Drama, anger and concrete as jumps are built

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – When ski jumpers arrived for an international event at Russia’s new Olympic hill complex in December 2012, they found a construction site.

“Sochi was very interesting because there was no snow, just a lot of mud and dirt … we only jumped on the normal hill because the big hill was not ready with snow,” Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer recalled in an interview with Reuters.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Drama, anger and concrete as jumps are built

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – When ski jumpers arrived for an international event at Russia’s new Olympic hill complex in December 2012, they found a construction site.

“Sochi was very interesting because there was no snow, just a lot of mud and dirt … we only jumped on the normal hill because the big hill was not ready with snow,” Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer recalled in an interview with Reuters.

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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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