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Feb 16, 2010

Olympics-Bad weather hits Games again, tickets refunded

VANCOUVER, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The weather gods cursed the
Vancouver Winter Olympics again on Tuesday, forcing delays to
Alpine skiing, snowboarding and ski jumping, with rain near
Vancouver and snow and fog shrouding the mountains.

But while the super combined slalom, the main Alpine event
on Tuesday’s roster, was postponed until Sunday, organisers
limped ahead with a stop-start women’s snowboard cross race
where qualifying runs were punctuated by frequent delays for
poor visibility and overnight rain led to a string of tumbles.

Feb 16, 2010

Swiss steals Alpine thunder

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Swiss Didier Defago dashed out of the shadows of more fancied rivals to win the showcase men’s downhill at the Winter Olympics on Monday as China gracefully broke Russia’s astonishing 46-year grip on pairs skating gold.

Canada failed to build any momentum from Sunday’s first gold on home soil and America’s megabuck NHL ice hockey players were rapped on the knuckles for sporting politicized slogans on their helmets during training on the eve of the men’s event.

Feb 16, 2010

Olympics-Swiss steals Alpine thunder, China break duck

VANCOUVER, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Swiss Didier Defago dashed out
of the shadows of more fancied rivals to win the showcase men’s
downhill at the Winter Olympics on Monday as China gracefully
broke Russia’s astonishing 46-year grip on pairs skating gold.

Canada failed to build any momentum from Sunday’s first gold
on home soil and America’s megabuck NHL ice hockey players were
rapped on the knuckles for sporting politicised slogans on their
helmets during training on the eve of the men’s event.
Defago, a 32-year-old veteran of the World Cup scene who had
never come close to an Olympic podium before, scorched down the
Dave Murray course in Whistler to become the first Swiss to land
the men’s blue riband event since Pirmin Zurbriggen in 1988.

Feb 15, 2010

The women who turn their lives around with flower power

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Marisa Chappell started the slide to a world of drugs and addiction when she was 10 years old, entering a spiral that she never thought would end.

Today, clean for 2-1/2 years, the 20-year-old mother is making victory bouquets for the Winter Olympic Games in what she herself admits is a remarkable turnaround.

Feb 15, 2010
Feb 15, 2010

Olympics-The women who turn their lives around with flower power

VANCOUVER, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Marisa Chappell started the
slide to a world of drugs and addiction when she was 10 years
old, entering a spiral that she never thought would end.

Today, clean for 2-1/2 years, the 20-year-old mother is
making victory bouquets for the Winter Olympic Games in what she
herself admits is a remarkable turnaround.

Feb 15, 2010

Canada breaks jinx as French also strike gold

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada broke the jinx that has cursed it for three home-turf Olympic Games on Sunday with a gold medal in men’s moguls skiing, triggering an outpouring of elation from a country that almost thought it couldn’t win.

“I don’t think I realize it yet — it’s too good to be true,” an elated Alexandre Bilodeau said after his freestyle win. “The party’s just starting for Canada.”

Feb 15, 2010

Olympics-Canada breaks jinx as French also strike gold

VANCOUVER, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Canada broke the jinx that has
cursed it for three home-turf Olympic Games on Sunday with a
gold medal in men’s moguls skiing, triggering an outpouring of
elation from a country that almost thought it couldn’t win.

“I don’t think I realise it yet — it’s too good to be
true,” an elated Alexandre Bilodeau said after his freestyle
win. “The party’s just starting for Canada.”

Feb 15, 2010
via Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

Olympic icon carries hands-off warning

The hot Olympic ticket for those without tickets to the Games seems to be a trip down to the Vancouver waterfront to see the four-pronged metal cauldron where the Olympic flame is burning.

Except that heading down to the waterfront means joining tens of thousands of others with the same idea, and obeying the strident instructions from Olympic volunteers trying to herd the horde in the right direction without letting people fall under a bus.

Feb 14, 2010

See fenced-off Olympic cauldron but keep your distance

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – For tens of thousands pouring into downtown Vancouver on Sunday, the Olympic cauldron, most important symbol of the Winter Games, was locked behind a ring of steel.

Instead of a clear view of the four-armed metallic structure against a backdrop of snow-topped mountains — the picture postcard image from television shots — visitors to the Vancouver waterfront saw packed streets, disappointed crowds, and a chain-link fence.

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      "In charge of Reuters news operations for Canada. Previously worked for the company in Washington, Moscow and Frankfurt, covering a broad mix of financial and political news."
      Joined Reuters:
      1988
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