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Feb 9, 2014

Lipnitskaya emerges as new ice darling

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia claimed it’s first gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Sunday but might have won something even bigger after unveiling a budding superstar who could achieve something the politicians have failed.

At just 15, Julia Lipnitskaya has announced her arrival as the new darling of women’s figure skating by helping Russia win gold in the inaugural team event.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Lipnitskaya emerges as new ice darling

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Russia claimed it’s first gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Sunday but might have won something even bigger after unveiling a budding superstar who could achieve something the politicians have failed.

At just 15, Julia Lipnitskaya has announced her arrival as the new darling of women’s figure skating by helping Russia win gold in the inaugural team event.

Feb 9, 2014

Plushenko equals long-standing record

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – It was a long time coming but Yevgeny Plushenko, one of Russia’s most successful and popular Olympians, finally captured a second Olympic gold medal on Sunday when Russia won the inaugural figure skating team event at the Sochi Games.

Looking as revitalized as ever in his second comeback to the sport, the 31-year-old climbed back to the top of the winner’s podium, eight years after he won the men’s individual title at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Plushenko equals long-standing record

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – It was a long time coming but Yevgeny Plushenko, one of Russia’s most successful and popular Olympians, finally captured a second Olympic gold medal on Sunday when Russia won the inaugural figure skating team event at the Sochi Games.

Looking as revitalised as ever in his second comeback to the sport, the 31-year-old climbed back to the top of the winner’s podium, eight years after he won the men’s individual title at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Feb 9, 2014

No sibling jealousy for sister who missed medal

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – It was Maxime Dufour-Lapointe’s 25th birthday on Sunday and she spent it the way she had always dreamed of – sharing the stage with her two little sisters at the Sochi Olympics.

Their parents, Yves Lapointe and Johane Dufour, were there too, ushered on to the rostrum like celebrities to answer questions from the world’s sporting media about their family’s amazing success.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-No sibling jealousy for sister who missed medal

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – It was Maxime Dufour-Lapointe’s 25th birthday on Sunday and she spent it the way she had always dreamed of – sharing the stage with her two little sisters at the Sochi Olympics.

Their parents, Yves Lapointe and Johane Dufour, were there too, ushered on to the rostrum like celebrities to answer questions from the world’s sporting media about their family’s amazing success.

Feb 8, 2014

Kotsenburg gets Sochi off to golden start

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The glorious unpredictability of Olympic sport was unveiled in all its majesty on Saturday on an extraordinary, record-matching first day of competition at the Sochi Winter Games.

The modernization of the Olympic program helped produce a young champion for the ages and a rare sibling double while two of the sports traditional sports added to their stockpile of golds with emotionally-charged victories.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Sports Roundup-Kotsenburg gets Sochi off to golden start

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The modernisation of the Olympic programme produced a champion for the ages on Saturday when Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal on offer at the Sochi Olympics.

Like the host-nation Russia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is banking that the Sochi Games will show the world that it is moving with the times.

Feb 7, 2014

Athletes bemused by Sochi haters

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The potshots and constant stream of criticism of the Sochi Olympics is starting to wear thin on some of the athletes at the Games, who can’t understand what all the fuss is about.

While Sochi has largely been portrayed as a shambles, athletes and even visitors to the Games are painting a very different picture.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Athletes bemused by Sochi haters

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The potshots and constant stream of criticism of the Sochi Olympics is starting to wear thin on some of the athletes at the Games, who can’t understand what all the fuss is about.

While Sochi has largely been portrayed as a shambles, athletes and even visitors to the Games are painting a very different picture.

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