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Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Zubkov completes double with four-man gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Russian Alexander Zubkov secured a golden finale for the Sochi Games hosts on Sunday by adding the Olympic four-man bobsleigh crown to his two-man title.

Zubkov, watched by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, held on to his slim overnight lead to take gold by nine hundredths of a second ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Zubkov ahead but Melbardis hot on his heels

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Olympic two-man champion Alexander Zubkov will take the slenderest of leads into the final two heats of the four-man competition as the Russian bids for a golden finale to the Games on Sunday.

The 39-year-old is ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis by four hundredths of a second with German Maximilian Arndt in bronze position, 0.16 behind the leader after the first two runs on Saturday.

Feb 22, 2014

Zubkov ahead but Melbardis breathing down his neck

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Olympic two-man champion Alexander Zubkov will take the slenderest of leads into the final two heats of the four-man competition as the Russian bids for a golden finale to the Games on Sunday.

The 39-year-old is ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis by four hundredths of a second with German Maximilian Arndt in bronze position, 0.16 behind the leader after the first two runs on Saturday.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Zubkov ahead but Melbardis breathing down his neck

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Olympic two-man champion Alexander Zubkov will take the slenderest of leads into the final two heats of the four-man competition as the Russian bids for a golden finale to the Games on Sunday.

The 39-year-old is ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis by four hundredths of a second with German Maximilian Arndt in bronze position, 0.16 behind the leader after the first two runs on Saturday.

Feb 21, 2014

Britain in the mix to medal, says Jackson

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – For GBR-1 four-man pilot John Jackson, just to hear “British bobsleigh” and “Olympic podium possibles” in the same sentence made the months of painstaking and intensive rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles more bearable.

Jackson, a sergeant in the Royal Marines, suffered the career-threatening injury during training in July but after pioneering surgery and a remarkably quick recovery was back competing again at the end of November.

Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Britain in the mix to medal, says Jackson

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – For GBR-1 four-man pilot John Jackson, just to hear “British bobsleigh” and “Olympic podium possibles” in the same sentence made the months of painstaking and intensive rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles more bearable.

Jackson, a sergeant in the Royal Marines, suffered the career-threatening injury during training in July but after pioneering surgery and a remarkably quick recovery was back competing again at the end of November.

Feb 20, 2014

Fear the beards? We love them, says Kripps

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – They are easily distinguishable – four Canadian men with bushy beards creeping out from underneath their crash helmets. They could easily pass for lumberjacks if they were not bobsledders.

It started as a way to help team bonding and the luxuriant whiskers have continued to sprout on the chins of Justin Kripps, Tim Randall, Bryan Barnett and James McNaughton – the four-man crew who make up the CAN-3 sled.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Fear the beards? We love them, says Kripps

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – They are easily distinguishable – four Canadian men with bushy beards creeping out from underneath their crash helmets. They could easily pass for lumberjacks if they were not bobsledders.

It started as a way to help team bonding and the luxuriant whiskers have continued to sprout on the chins of Justin Kripps, Tim Randall, Bryan Barnett and James McNaughton – the four-man crew who make up the CAN-3 sled.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Let women race in four-man bobsleigh – Humphries

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Kaillie Humphries is never one to shirk a challenge and the double Olympic gold medallist is clear about what she wants next – to see women compete in four-man bobsleigh.

The Canadian said she needed to convince the sport’s “old boys’ club” that the time was right for four women to race in the same sled.

Feb 19, 2014

Humphries and Moyse win gold again

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse found the speed when it mattered most to win a second successive Olympic women’s bobsleigh gold after pipping the USA-1 sled of Elana Meyers by a tenth of a second on Wednesday.

Meyers and her brakeman Lauryn Williams – who had been seeking to become the first woman to win gold in the Summer and Winter Olympics – held a lead of 0.11 over the Canadians after three runs.