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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.

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.

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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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