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Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-France win gold for worst federation, says Contin

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – French speed skaters did not win a medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics but Alexis Contin believes his federation deserves gold for being the worst in history.

After a disappointing men’s pursuit race on Saturday, Contin, who suffers from a thyroid problem, fumed at the French federation of ice sports, which he and his team mates complained had not supported the speed skating programme enough.

Feb 20, 2014

Norway hold off Germany for dramatic team win

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Norway scraped the narrowest of wins in a dramatic finish to the Olympic Nordic combined men’s team event on Thursday, holding off Germany to grab the gold by just 0.3 seconds.

Coming into the stadium at the end of the 4 x 5 km cross-country relay race, Norway’s Joergen Graabak was just ahead of Fabian Riessle.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Nordic combined-Norway hold off Germany for dramatic team win

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Norway scraped the narrowest of wins in a dramatic finish to the Olympic Nordic combined men’s team event on Thursday, holding off Germany to grab the gold by just 0.3 seconds.

Coming into the stadium at the end of the 4 x 5 km cross-country relay race, Norway’s Joergen Graabak was just ahead of Fabian Riessle.

Feb 20, 2014

Germany take narrow lead in team event

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Germany could only manage to eke out a narrow lead in the Nordic combined team competition on Thursday after the jumping event, leaving the way open for Norway to take control on the cross-country course.

The four-man German team put in a series of solid jumps from the large hill and will start the 4x5km relay race seven seconds ahead of Austria, who won the event in 2010.

Feb 20, 2014

Nordic combined-Germany take narrow lead in team event

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Germany could only manage to eke out a narrow lead in the Nordic combined team competition on Thursday after the jumping event, leaving the way open for Norway to take control on the cross-country course.

The four-man German team put in a series of solid jumps from the large hill and will start the 4x5km relay race seven seconds ahead of Austria, who won the event in 2010.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Nordic combined-Germany take narrow lead in team event

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Germany could only manage to eke out a narrow lead in the Nordic combined team competition on Thursday after the jumping event, leaving the way open for Norway to take control on the cross-country course.

The four-man German team put in a series of solid jumps from the large hill and will start the 4x5km relay race seven seconds ahead of Austria, who won the event in 2010.

Feb 19, 2014

Nordic combined: Ours is among the toughest sports of all, say tired athletes

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Consider for a second the plight of the Nordic combined athlete, who must simultaneously excel at both ski jumping and cross country.

If you stay light in a bid to soar far, your lungs will be bursting on the race track as hardier rivals pull away.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Nordic combined-Ours is among the toughest sports of all, say tired athletes

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Consider for a second the plight of the Nordic combined athlete, who must simultaneously excel at both ski jumping and cross country.

If you stay light in a bid to soar far, your lungs will be bursting on the race track as hardier rivals pull away.

Feb 18, 2014

Norway’s Graabak wins large hill gold in sprint finish

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Norway’s Joergen Graabak mounted a masterful sprint finish to win the men’s individual large hill Nordic combined event in heavy rain on Tuesday, pipping compatriot Magnus Moan for the gold.

As the leading pack of nine athletes entered the stadium for the final time, Germany’s Bjoern Kircheisen was in the lead. But Graabak started pulling away with 100 meters to go and Moan followed him.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Nordic combined-Norway’s Graabak wins large hill gold in sprint finish

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Norway’s Joergen Graabak mounted a masterful sprint finish to win the men’s individual large hill Nordic combined event in heavy rain on Tuesday, pipping compatriot Magnus Moan for the gold.

As the leading pack of nine athletes entered the stadium for the final time, Germany’s Bjoern Kircheisen was in the lead. But Graabak started pulling away with 100 metres to go and Moan followed him.

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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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