Jan 29 (Reuters) – The Nordic Combined cross country course at this year’s Winter Olympics looks particularly tough and at least two experienced contenders say they are relishing the challenge.
Athletes in the event take a single jump from a ski hill and then race each other on skis over 10 km.
Jan 29 (Reuters) – Women ski jumpers will finally make their debut at the Sochi Winter Games after a lengthy struggle which featured plenty of heartache and culminated in a lawsuit against Olympic officials.
The sport favours light jumpers and although women can often leap as far as men, they were excluded on the grounds there were not enough good athletes to ensure a real competition.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Exhausted Canadian police and firefighters prepared to break off work for the night on Friday after using steam machines to melt thick ice encasing the bodies of elderly people who died in a retirement residence fire.
Police said eight people died and about 30 were unaccounted for after the blaze ripped through the Residence du Havre in the small community of L’Isle-Verte, about 230 km (140 miles) northeast of Quebec City, early on Thursday morning.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long.
The hard-line comments by Foreign Minister John Baird were the clearest sign yet that Canada’s Conservative government has lost patience over what it sees as U.S. foot-dragging.
Jan 14 (Reuters) – Very few athletes in need of a ride home from an international competition can call on their Air Force for help.
German two-time Nordic Combined world champion Eric Frenzel, however, is a member of the armed forces. So when the event in northern Finland ended last November, he and his teammates flew straight home on a military transport plane.
Jan 10 (Reuters) – A year ago, Gregor Schlierenzauer became one of the most successful ski jumpers in history at just 23 but the charismatic Austrian still has a glaring omission from his list of achievements – an individual Olympic gold medal.
Backed by high-profile sponsors such as sports marketing giant Red Bull, he has won a record number of World Cup events, is the defending World Cup champion and away from competition he even runs his own fashion label.
OTTAWA (Reuters) – A lobbyist for Libya’s self-declared eastern government of Cyrenaica said on Wednesday that any talk of the region selling oil would have to wait until the country’s political turmoil had ended.
Armed protesters who want Tripoli to share oil revenues seized three eastern crude export ports last year. They are now inviting foreign firms to buy crude from the ports, but Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Wednesday that Libya might sink tankers trying to load oil.
OTTAWA, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Prospects for Canada’s economy
dimmed on Tuesday with news that activity by purchasing managers
nosedived unexpectedly in December, while the country posted a
big trade deficit a month earlier.
The double dose of bearish news helped push the Canadian
dollar to its weakest level against the U.S. dollar
OTTAWA, Dec 23 (Reuters) – The Canadian economy showed
unexpected strength in October, growing for the fourth month in
a row and boosting market hopes that the country might finally
be shaking off the worst of the great recession.
Statistics Canada said on Monday the economy had grown by
0.3 percent from September. Analysts had forecast a 0.2 percent
advance after September’s 0.3 percent increase.
OTTAWA, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Strong food shipments pushed
Canadian factory sales in October to their highest level since
May 2012, an unexpected development that could help underpin
fourth-quarter economic growth.
Statistics Canada said on Tuesday that manufacturing sales
in October rose by 1.0 percent from September to hit C$50.09
billion ($47.25 billion). Analysts had forecast a 0.3 percent