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Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Sochi Games chief “modestly proud” after IOC praise

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – The Sochi Olympics have been spared major problems despite a difficult run-up, with Games chief Dmitry Chernyshenko saying praise from the International Olympic Committee at the halfway mark was welcome but still premature.

Russia’s first winter Games have been in the news spotlight for months as President Vladimir Putin staked his personal as well as his country’s image on a successful Olympics at the Black Sea resort.

Feb 13, 2014

New events a hit, last male bastion to fall-Bach

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The last bastion of male-only competition at the Winter Games will fall in the coming years if the International Olympic Committee’s president, Thomas Bach, gets his way.

Speaking to Reuters on Thursday, Bach said he would like to see a women’s event in Nordic combined after women ski jumpers took to the Olympic hill for the first time in Sochi.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-New events a hit, last male bastion to fall-Bach

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The last bastion of male-only competition at the Winter Games will fall in the coming years if the International Olympic Committee’s president, Thomas Bach, gets his way.

Speaking to Reuters on Thursday, Bach said he would like to see a women’s event in Nordic combined after women ski jumpers took to the Olympic hill for the first time in Sochi.

Feb 13, 2014

IOC seeks clarification after environmentalist convicted

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee asked the Russian organisers of the Sochi Winter Games on Thursday for more details about the jailing of an environmental campaigner, which his supporters say was politically motivated.

Yevgeny Vitishko, who has protested against harm done to the environment by Olympic construction work, lost an appeal against his three-year jail sentence on Wednesday on charges of damaging the property of the local Krasnodar region’s governor.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-IOC seeks clarification after environmentalist convicted

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee asked the Russian organisers of the Sochi Winter Games on Thursday for more details about the jailing of an environmental campaigner, which his supporters say was politically motivated.

Yevgeny Vitishko, who has protested against harm done to the environment by Olympic construction work, lost an appeal against his three-year jail sentence on Wednesday on charges of damaging the property of the local Krasnodar region’s governor.

Feb 13, 2014

IOC dismisses complaint over late-night Goergl drug test

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A late-night doping test conducted on Alpine skier and medal hopeful Elisabeth Goergl hours before she was due to compete was within the rules, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday, dismissing Austria’s complaint.

The Austrians said the testers came at 2255 local time in Sochi on Tuesday, disrupting her preparations for the Olympic downhill where she placed 16th.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-IOC dismisses complaint over late-night Goergl drug test

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A late-night doping test conducted on Alpine skier and medal hopeful Elisabeth Goergl hours before she was due to compete was within the rules, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday, dismissing Austria’s complaint.

The Austrians said the testers came at 2255 local time in Sochi on Tuesday, disrupting her preparations for the Olympic downhill where she placed 16th.

Feb 12, 2014

Medals galore, even for podium “gate-crashers”

SOCHI, Reuters (Reuters) – Skiers Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin may have exceeded the expected quota of gold medals in their sport by sharing first place in the women’s downhill on Wednesday but Olympic organizers are in no danger of running out of precious metals.

The pair swept across the finish line with exactly the same time of one minute, 41.57 seconds for a thrilling first in Olympic Alpine skiing and a place side by side on the top step of the podium .

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Medals galore, even for podium “gate-crashers”

SOCHI, Reuters, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Skiers Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin may have exceeded the expected quota of gold medals in their sport by sharing first place in the women’s downhill on Wednesday but Olympic organisers are in no danger of running out of precious metals.

The pair swept across the finish line with exactly the same time of one minute, 41.57 seconds for a thrilling first in Olympic Alpine skiing and a place side by side on the top step of the podium .

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Women’s competition making progress says IOC

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The women’s ice hockey tournament at the Sochi Olympics may not yet be the most nail-biting event given the dominance of the North American teams but the IOC said progress was being made and thrashings avoided.

At the Vancouver 2010 Games then International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said the competition needed to improve because the quality gap between the Canadian and American teams and the rest was far too big with one-sided contests chipping away at spectator interest.

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