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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.

Feb 10, 2014

We haven’t won yet, say women, after long battle to reach Games

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Women ski jumpers will compete in the Olympics for the first time on Tuesday after more than a decade of pleading, fighting, tears and humiliation and while the athletes are happy to make their Games debut in Sochi they say their fight isn’t over yet.

The sport favors 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.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping – We haven’t won yet, say women, after long battle to reach Games

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Women ski jumpers will compete in the Olympics for the first time on Tuesday after more than a decade of pleading, fighting, tears and humiliation and while the athletes are happy to make their Games debut in Sochi they say their fight isn’t over yet.

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.

Feb 10, 2014

Ski jumping-Pole Stoch gets off sick bed to win gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – World number one Kamil Stoch shrugged off a bout of sickness on Sunday to easily win the men’s Olympic ski jump normal hill title, capturing Poland’s first individual Winter Games title since 1972.

Peter Prevc of Slovenia took silver – the first solo jumping medal of any kind for the Eastern European nation since it gained independence in 1991 – and Norway’s Anders Bardal collected the bronze.

Feb 9, 2014

Pole Stoch gets off sick bed to win gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – World number one Kamil Stoch shrugged off a bout of sickness on Sunday to easily win the men’s Olympic ski jump normal hill title, capturing Poland’s first individual Winter Games title since 1972.

Peter Prevc of Slovenia took silver – the first solo jumping medal of any kind for the Eastern European nation since it gained independence in 1991 – and Norway’s Anders Bardal collected the bronze.

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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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