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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.

Feb 7, 2014

Ski jumping – Beleaguered Austrian squad set to rely on youth

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – The Austrian men’s ski jumping team, showing none of the cockiness it displayed before the 2010 Games, looks set to rely on two Olympic newcomers to help bolster the beleaguered squad.

Austria has traditionally been a major ski jumping power but comes to the Sochi Games below par.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping – Beleaguered Austrian squad set to rely on youth

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The Austrian men’s ski jumping team, showing none of the cockiness it displayed before the 2010 Games, looks set to rely on two Olympic newcomers to help bolster the beleaguered squad.

Austria has traditionally been a major ski jumping power but comes to the Sochi Games below par.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Jumpers have mixed feelings about new hill

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Some of the ski jumpers at the Sochi Olympics are struggling to adjust to the Games’ new modern-style hill, saying a flatter in-run means they have to be perfect at take-off.

“The timing and the feeling of the in-run is a lot harder so I’m just getting used to it right now,” said Peter Frenette of the United States, ranked 51st in the world.

Feb 7, 2014

Jumpers have mixed feelings about new hill

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Some of the ski jumpers at the Sochi Olympics are struggling to adjust to the Games’ new modern-style hill, saying a flatter in-run means they have to be perfect at take-off.

“The timing and the feeling of the in-run is a lot harder so I’m just getting used to it right now,” said Peter Frenette of the United States, ranked 51st in the world.

Feb 7, 2014

After retirement thoughts, Ammann back for more

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Double Olympic ski jumping champion Simon Ammann of Switzerland thought about walking away from the sport after his triumph at the Vancouver Games but he is back in Sochi in the hunt for more titles.

Ammann, who will carry the Swiss flag at the opening ceremony, is the only man in Olympic history to have won four individual ski jumping golds.

Feb 6, 2014

Ski jumping-Austrian Morgenstern plays down chances after crash

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern already has three Olympic gold medals at home, and after a training accident left him hospitalised for a week in January his top priority now is getting through the Sochi Olympics unscathed.

After completing three practice jumps on Thursday, however, Morgenstern is not discounting the chances of a podium place.

Feb 6, 2014

Hendrickson eyeing gold after leap of faith

By David Ljunggren

(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

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.

    • 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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