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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.

Feb 9, 2014

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

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (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 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.

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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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