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Feb 6, 2014

Profile-Olympics-Hendrickson eyeing gold after leap of faith

Feb 6 (Reuters) – When American ski jumping sensation Sarah Hendrickson takes her first leap at the Sochi Olympic Games this month, it will be testament to the willpower that helped her recover from a horrific injury.

Last August, the 19-year-old world champion flew too far on a practice jump in Germany and smashed into the ground, tearing both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in her right knee and badly damaging both sides of her meniscus.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Mattel keen to replicate Sochi success

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – French ski jumper Coline Mattel has already enjoyed the winning feeling at Sochi and the 18-year-old hopes to build on her World Cup success on the Russian hill by claiming an Olympic medal.

Over the course of two days in December 2012, Mattel triumphed in one World Cup event on the normal hill and came fourth in another.

Feb 5, 2014

Olympics-Our hotels are finished, says organiser in mountains

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Irked by stories of unfinished hotels just days before the Sochi Olympics are due to start, the owners of one major complex took reporters on a three-hour tour on Wednesday to prove they were ready for visitors.

Even as the tour wound its way around the brand new paved streets and buildings of the Gorky Gorod complex in the mountains, workers were busily hammering, sanding, soldering wires in lamp posts and installing garbage bins.

Feb 5, 2014

Our hotels are finished, says Russian organizer in mountains

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Irked by stories of unfinished hotels just days before the Sochi Olympics are due to start, the owners of one major complex took reporters on a three-hour tour on Wednesday to prove they were ready for visitors.

Even as the tour wound its way around the brand new paved streets and buildings of the Gorky Gorod complex in the mountains, workers were busily hammering, sanding, soldering wires in lamp posts and installing garbage bins.

Feb 5, 2014

Olympics-Our hotels are finished, says Russian organiser in mountains

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Irked by stories of unfinished hotels just days before the Sochi Olympics are due to start, the owners of one major complex took reporters on a three-hour tour on Wednesday to prove they were ready for visitors.

Even as the tour wound its way around the brand new paved streets and buildings of the Gorky Gorod complex in the mountains, workers were busily hammering, sanding, soldering wires in lamp posts and installing garbage bins.

Jan 29, 2014

Ski jumping: After long wait, women ready to fly

By David Ljunggren

(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.

Jan 29, 2014

Nordic Combined-Contenders applaud tough course

By David Ljunggren

(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, 2014

After long wait, women ready to fly

By David Ljunggren

(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 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.

Jan 29, 2014

Olympics-Nordic Combined-Contenders applaud tough course

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, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-After long wait, women ready to fly

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.

    • About David

      "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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      1987
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      English, French, Russian
      Awards:
      Treasury scoop of the year 2009
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