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Feb 13, 2014

Fourcade claims second Sochi gold – eyes more

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – France’s Martin Fourcade stamped his authority on the Olympic biathlon when he earned his second gold medal of the Sochi Winter Games by winning the 20km individual title on Thursday.

Fourcade, who won the 12.5km pursuit on Monday, made one mistake on the shooting range but was too fast on the skis for his rivals, quickly wiping out his one-minute penalty.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Biathlon-Fourcade claims second Sochi gold – eyes more

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – France’s Martin Fourcade stamped his authority on the Olympic biathlon when he earned his second gold medal of the Sochi Winter Games by winning the 20km individual title on Thursday.

Fourcade, who won the 12.5km pursuit on Monday, made one mistake on the shooting range but was too fast on the skis for his rivals, quickly wiping out his one-minute penalty.

Feb 13, 2014

Kowalczyk back to form with 10km win

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk signaled her return to top form when she powered to an impressive victory in the Olympic women’s cross-country 10km classic on Thursday.

Kowalczyk, who sat out of the sprint event to nurse a foot injury, made a strong start and clocked the best times at all three intermediate checkpoints to finish in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Cross country-Kowalczyk back to form with 10km win

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk signalled her return to top form when she powered to an impressive victory in the Olympic women’s cross-country 10km classic on Thursday.

Kowalczyk, who sat out of the sprint event to nurse a foot injury, made a strong start and clocked the best times at all three intermediate checkpoints to finish in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds.

Feb 12, 2014

Skis sink Lamy-Chappuis after mushy ordeal

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Jason Lamy-Chappuis, one of the top cross-country skiers on the Nordic Combined circuit, surrendered his Olympic normal hill title on Wednesday after his choice of skis did not give him the performance he was looking for on the course’s slushy snow.

The Frenchman, who after the jump section started the cross-country leg 31 seconds behind leader and eventual winner Eric Frenzel of Germany, ended a miserable 35th, 2:37 off the pace.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Nordic Combined-Skis sink Lamy-Chappuis after mushy ordeal

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Jason Lamy-Chappuis, one of the top cross-country skiers on the Nordic Combined circuit, surrendered his Olympic normal hill title on Wednesday after his choice of skis did not give him the performance he was looking for on the course’s slushy snow.

The Frenchman, who after the jump section started the cross-country leg 31 seconds behind leader and eventual winner Eric Frenzel of Germany, ended a miserable 35th, 2:37 off the pace.

Feb 11, 2014

Domracheva thrashes rivals to win pursuit

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Darya Domracheva became the first woman from Belarus to win an Olympic gold medal at a Winter Games when she powered to victory in impressive fashion in the biathlon 10km pursuit on Tuesday.

Domracheva, who won bronze in the individual event at the Vancouver Olympics, quickly made up a 32-second deficit at the start and never looked back, shooting an almost perfect 19 out of 20.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Biathlon-Domracheva thrashes rivals to win pursuit

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Darya Domracheva became the first woman from Belarus to win an Olympic gold medal at a Winter Games when she powered to victory in impressive fashion in the biathlon 10km pursuit on Tuesday.

Domracheva, who won bronze in the individual event at the Vancouver Olympics, quickly made up a 32-second deficit at the start and never looked back, shooting an almost perfect 19 out of 20.

Feb 11, 2014

Norway’s Hattestad wins chaotic sprint

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Ola Vigen Hattestad of Norway won his first Olympic title in a chaotic men’s cross-country sprint at the Sochi Winter Games on Tuesday.

Teodor Peterson of Sweden took silver and another Swede, Emil Joensson, came through to claim the bronze after a tricky right-hand bend on a descent sent three skiers tumbling.

Feb 11, 2014

Falla leads Norwegian 1-2 in women’s sprint

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla snatched her maiden Winter Olympic title when she won the cross-country sprint event on Tuesday after compatriot, defending champion and hot favourite Marit Bjoergen crashed out in the semi-finals.

Bjoergen, who won the individual sprint in Vancouver four years ago, was seeking her fifth Olympic title but failed to make the final where Falla was never threatened.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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