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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.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-Yarnold dazzles on her way to skeleton summit

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (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.

Feb 14, 2014

Ice cool Yarnold slides to gold for Britain

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Ice cool Lizzy Yarnold won Britain’s first gold medal at the Sochi Games on Friday when she powered to victory in the women’s skeleton, continuing her nation’s fine tradition in the event.

Yarnold, 25, emulated compatriot and 2010 champion Amy Williams, sliding quickest throughout the four-heat competition.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-Ice cool Yarnold slides to gold for Britain

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Ice cool Lizzy Yarnold won Britain’s first gold medal at the Sochi Games on Friday when she powered to victory in the women’s skeleton, continuing her nation’s fine tradition in the event.

Yarnold, 25, emulated compatriot and 2010 champion Amy Williams, sliding quickest throughout the four-heat competition.

Feb 14, 2014

‘Russian rocket’ Tretiakov scorches ahead

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Alexander Tretiakov put Latvian Martins Dukurs in the shade on Friday to raise hopes of a first Russian gold in skeleton.

The 28-year-old, dubbed the “Russian Rocket,” was accompanied by a crescendo of noise as he twice scorched down the Sanki track to establish a 0.56 second advantage over Dukurs going into Saturday’s remaining two heats.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-’Russian rocket’ Tretiakov scorches ahead

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Alexander Tretiakov put Latvian Martins Dukurs in the shade on Friday to raise hopes of a first Russian gold in skeleton.

The 28-year-old, dubbed the “Russian Rocket,” was accompanied by a crescendo of noise as he twice scorched down the Sanki track to establish a 0.56 second advantage over Dukurs going into Saturday’s remaining two heats.

Feb 14, 2014

American Meyers unscathed after training crash

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – USA-1 driver Elana Meyers, among the favorites to win women’s Olympic bobsleigh gold, emerged unscathed after crashing on her first official training run at the Sanki Sliding Centre on Friday.

Meyers and alternate brakeman Katie Eberling toppled close to the end of their first run but still managed to clock the third fastest time in heat two.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-American Meyers unscathed after training crash

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – USA-1 driver Elana Meyers, among the favourites to win women’s Olympic bobsleigh gold, emerged unscathed after crashing on her first official training run at the Sanki Sliding Centre on Friday.

Meyers and alternate brakeman Katie Eberling toppled close to the end of their first run but still managed to clock the third fastest time in heat two.

Feb 13, 2014

Unstoppable Germany complete gold medal sweep

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Germany again left the rest of the world pondering how to break their stranglehold on Olympic luge gold when they completed a clean sweep at the Sochi Games after winning the inaugural team relay on Thursday.

In a fast and frenetic event debut, women’s winner Natalie Geisenberger, men’s champion Felix Loch and doubles gold medalists Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt combined with three strong runs to end host nation Russia’s hopes of topping the podium.