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Feb 9, 2014

Pole Stoch sails to normal hill gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – World number one Kamil Stoch easily won the men’s ski jump normal hill title on Sunday, putting in the longest leap in both rounds to win Poland’s first individual title since 1972.

Peter Prevc of Slovenia took silver – the first solo jumping medal of any kind for the Eastern European nation – while Norway’s Anders Bardal collected the bronze.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Pole Stoch sails to normal hill gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – World number one Kamil Stoch easily won the men’s ski jump normal hill title on Sunday, putting in the longest leap in both rounds to win Poland’s first individual title since 1972.

Peter Prevc of Slovenia took silver – the first solo jumping medal of any kind for the Eastern European nation – while Norway’s Anders Bardal collected the bronze.

Feb 9, 2014

Gay Austrian athlete says fuss over Russia law is exaggerated

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Lesbian Austrian ski jumper and gay rights advocate Daniela Iraschko-Stolz says public reaction to a Russian law banning homosexual propaganda among minors had been exaggerated and that she wants to focus on sport at the Winter Olympic.

Iraschko-Stolz, 30, married her lesbian partner last year, becoming a rare Austrian athlete to come out openly as gay. Stolz is her partner’s surname.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Gay Austrian athlete says fuss over Russia law is exaggerated

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Lesbian Austrian ski jumper and gay rights advocate Daniela Iraschko-Stolz says public reaction to a Russian law banning homosexual propaganda among minors had been exaggerated and that she wants to focus on sport at the Winter Olympic.

Iraschko-Stolz, 30, married her lesbian partner last year, becoming a rare Austrian athlete to come out openly as gay. Stolz is her partner’s surname.

Feb 8, 2014

Switzerland’s Ammann blames long car ride for poor jump

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – The honor of carrying the Swiss flag at the Winter Games came at a price for defending ski jump champion Simon Ammann, who said the long car ride from the mountain facility to the Sochi coast had left him stiff and unable to jump as well as he wanted in Saturday’s normal hill qualifying.

“The march was great with the flag but the ride in the car always makes me a bit stiff and I felt it in the preparations today,” he told reporters after jumping 100 meters as opposed to the 105 or 106 he said he had expected.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Switzerland’s Ammann blames long car ride for poor jump

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The honour of carrying the Swiss flag at the Winter Games came at a price for defending ski jump champion Simon Ammann, who said the long car ride from the mountain facility to the Sochi coast had left him stiff and unable to jump as well as he wanted in Saturday’s normal hill qualifying.

“The march was great with the flag but the ride in the car always makes me a bit stiff and I felt it in the preparations today,” he told reporters after jumping 100 metres as opposed to the 105 or 106 he said he had expected.

Feb 8, 2014

Tentative Hendrickson limps on to Sochi stage

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Sarah Hendrickson’s Sochi debut was something of an anti-climax on Saturday as she landed two poor practice jumps trying to protect the knee injury that had threatened her participation in the first-ever Olympic women’s ski jumping competition.

The 19-year-old American is one of the most high profile women jumpers in the world and, until tearing cartilages in her right knee last August, had been considered among the favourites for gold alongside Japan’s Sara Takanashi.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Tentative Hendrickson limps on to Sochi stage

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Sarah Hendrickson’s Sochi debut was something of an anti-climax on Saturday as she landed two poor practice jumps trying to protect the knee injury that had threatened her participation in the first-ever Olympic women’s ski jumping competition.

The 19-year-old American is one of the most high profile women jumpers in the world and, until tearing cartilages in her right knee last August, had been considered among the favourites for gold alongside Japan’s Sara Takanashi.

Feb 8, 2014

Jumpers facing ‘mean girl’ of a normal hill

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – The Olympic men’s ski jumping competition starts on Sunday on a normal hill so challenging that one of the favorites for gold has dubbed it “a mean girl”.

Several contenders, including double defending champion Simon Ammann, said they were still trying to adjust to a relatively flat in-run that makes take-offs challenging.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Jumpers facing ‘mean girl’ of a normal hill

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The Olympic men’s ski jumping competition starts on Sunday on a normal hill so challenging that one of the favourites for gold has dubbed it “a mean girl”.

Several contenders, including double defending champion Simon Ammann, said they were still trying to adjust to a relatively flat in-run that makes take-offs challenging.

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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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