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Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Russia’s Zubkov sets the pace in two-man sled

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Russian Alexander Zubkov raised home hopes that he could complete his Olympic medal collection by adding gold to the silver and bronze he already has after setting the pace at the halfway stage of the men’s two-man bobsleigh on Sunday.

The 39-year-old, pushed by Alexey Voevoda who he won bronze with in Vancouver four years ago, showed his liking for home track ice by establishing a 0.32 second lead with two runs to come on Monday.

Feb 16, 2014

Late-night mechanics get Meyers back on track

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – To say USA-1 driver Elana Meyers has had a rough rollercoaster ride at the Sochi Games would be an understatement.

Quickest in three official training runs to underline her credentials as a gold medal contender, the American has also experienced the flip side of bobsleigh – twice crashing at the Sanki Sliding Centre.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Late-night mechanics get Meyers back on track

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – To say USA-1 driver Elana Meyers has had a rough rollercoaster ride at the Sochi Games would be an understatement.

Quickest in three official training runs to underline her credentials as a gold medal contender, the American has also experienced the flip side of bobsleigh – twice crashing at the Sanki Sliding Centre.

Feb 15, 2014

Russian Tretiakov rockets to gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Alexander Tretiakov sealed Russia’s first Olympic gold in skeleton on Saturday when he comfortably held off main rival Martins Dukurs, leaving Latvia still waiting for a first Winter Games champion.

The 28-year-old, dubbed the “Russian Rocket,” thrilled an expectant and noisy crowd at the Sanki Sliding Centre by easing to victory with a combined time of 3.44.49 for his four slides, a winning margin of 0.81 seconds.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-Russian Tretiakov rockets to gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Alexander Tretiakov sealed Russia’s first Olympic gold in skeleton on Saturday when he comfortably held off main rival Martins Dukurs, leaving Latvia still waiting for a first Winter Games champion.

The 28-year-old, dubbed the “Russian Rocket,” thrilled an expectant and noisy crowd at the Sanki Sliding Centre by easing to victory with a combined time of 3.44.49 for his four slides, a winning margin of 0.81 seconds.

Feb 15, 2014

Jones clears the hurdles to cut it on ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – It has taken time for American Lolo Jones to get to grips with the nuances and technical demands of bobsleigh but the marquee recruit from athletics to winter sports believes she is now at the right end of a “steep learning curve”.

Jones, competing at her first Winter Olympics as a brakeman in the USA-3 sled, said making the transition from hurdles to a bobsled track was not easy.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Jones clears the hurdles to cut it on ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – It has taken time for American Lolo Jones to get to grips with the nuances and technical demands of bobsleigh but the marquee recruit from athletics to winter sports believes she is now at the right end of a “steep learning curve”.

Jones, competing at her first Winter Olympics as a brakeman in the USA-3 sled, said making the transition from hurdles to a bobsled track was not easy.

Feb 15, 2014

Bobsleigh: Two-man gold too close to call – Zubkov

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Russian gold medal hope Alexander Zubkov believes the Olympic two-man bobsleigh competition, which starts on Sunday, is too close to call and the top six will “fight to the end”.

The 39-year-old pilot won a silver in the four-man in Turin in 2006, and then after securing a bronze in the two-man in 2010 announced his retirement.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Two-man gold too close to call- Zubkov

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Russian gold medal hope Alexander Zubkov believes the Olympic two-man bobsleigh competition, which starts on Sunday, is too close to call and the top six will “fight to the end”.

The 39-year-old pilot won a silver in the four-man in Turin in 2006, and then after securing a bronze in the two-man in 2010 announced his retirement.

Feb 14, 2014

Yarnold dazzles on her way to skeleton summit

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – From relative obscurity to Olympic skeleton champion, all season long Lizzy Yarnold has appeared destined for the top of the podium and the bubbly Briton duly delivered with gold on Friday at her first Games.

Yarnold’s commanding victory suggested she was racing against herself and a Sanki track she gleefully admitted more than once that she loved.