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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.

Feb 15, 2014

Poland’s Stoch wins large hill, completes rare double

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Poland’s Kamil Stoch snatched the Olympic men’s large hill ski jumping gold medal from Japanese veteran Noriaki Kasai’s grasp with the very last jump on Saturday, becoming just the third man to capture both individual hills titles at the same Games.

The 26-year-old world number one leapt 139 meters in the first round and 132.5 meters in the second to finish with 278.7 points. He easily won the normal hill event on Sunday.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping – Poland’s Stoch wins large hill, completes rare double

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Poland’s Kamil Stoch snatched the Olympic men’s large hill ski jumping gold medal from Japanese veteran Noriaki Kasai’s grasp with the very last jump on Saturday, becoming just the third man to capture both individual hills titles at the same Games.

The 26-year-old world number one leapt 139 metres in the first round and 132.5 metres in the second to finish with 278.7 points. He easily won the normal hill event on Sunday.

Feb 15, 2014

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

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (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

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.

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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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