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Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Sochi volunteers filling empty seats, say organisers

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Sochi Winter Olympics organisers are asking volunteers to fill some of the empty seats at venues during competition, they said on Monday.

Some 70 percent of tickets were sold prior to the event in the Russian Black Sea resort and briefs have also been put on sale at ticket offices in the city.

Feb 10, 2014

Slopestyle success whets IOC appetite for new sports

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Long before American Sage Kotsenburg grabbed the inaugural slopestyle snowboarding gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday it was clear the new event would be an instant hit.

With legions of young followers around the world, the gravity-defying event took the Olympic world by storm, leaving the International Olympic Committee wanting more such changes.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Slopestyle success whets IOC appetite for new sports

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Long before American Sage Kotsenburg grabbed the inaugural slopestyle snowboarding gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday it was clear the new event would be an instant hit.

With legions of young followers around the world, the gravity-defying event took the Olympic world by storm, leaving the International Olympic Committee wanting more such changes.

Feb 10, 2014

IOC bans Burke memorial stickers from helmets

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Athletes at the Sochi Games will not be allowed to use helmet stickers as a mark of respect for Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died in an accident last month, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

The IOC has told at least one athlete, Australian snowboarder Tora Bright, to refrain from using a sticker.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-IOC bans Burke memorial stickers from helmets

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Athletes at the Sochi Games will not be allowed to use helmet stickers as a mark of respect for Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, who died in an accident last month, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

The IOC has told at least one athlete, Australian snowboarder Tora Bright, to refrain from using a sticker.

Feb 9, 2014

Pyeongchang hopes to get first sponsor deals in 2014 Q1

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Almost three years since being awarded the 2018 winter Olympics, South Korea’s Pyeongchang is hoping to finally seal its first domestic sponsorship deals in the first quarter of this year, Games chief Kim Jin-sun said on Sunday.

The South Korean mountain resort is not expecting to match the estimated $1 billion in domestic sponsorship revenues for the Sochi 2014 winter Games but Kim said he hoped to land a telecommunications and an apparel sponsor in the coming months.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Pyeongchang hopes to get first sponsor deals in 2014 Q1

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Almost three years since being awarded the 2018 winter Olympics, South Korea’s Pyeongchang is hoping to finally seal its first domestic sponsorship deals in the first quarter of this year, Games chief Kim Jin-sun said on Sunday.

The South Korean mountain resort is not expecting to match the estimated $1 billion in domestic sponsorship revenues for the Sochi 2014 winter Games but Kim said he hoped to land a telecommunications and an apparel sponsor in the coming months.

Feb 9, 2014

Eating dog meat will not be issue in Pyeongchang: chief

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Sochi Olympic organisers had to fend off questions regarding stray dogs in the run-up to the event but 2018 Games host Pyeongchang does not expect protests over the practice of eating dog meat, Games chief Kin Jin-sun said on Sunday.

Once more widespread in the country but now far less common, dog meat could be an embarrassing issue for the South Korean Games organisers, raised by foreign media both at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 soccer World Cup.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Eating dog meat will not be issue in Pyeongchang – chief

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Sochi Olympic organisers had to fend off questions regarding stray dogs in the run-up to the event but 2018 Games host Pyeongchang does not expect protests over the practice of eating dog meat, Games chief Kin Jin-sun said on Sunday.

Once more widespread in the country but now far less common, dog meat could be an embarrassing issue for the South Korean Games organisers, raised by foreign media both at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 soccer World Cup.

Feb 9, 2014

Flier Mayer wins men’s downhill, host Russia eyes first gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Austrian Matthias Mayer conquered the treacherous Rosa Khutor run at Russia’s Winter Olympics on Sunday to win the men’s downhill, while the host nation eyed its first medal of the Games in the inaugural figure skating team event.

On the second day of full competition on Russia’s Black Sea coast, Mayer claimed one of the Games’ biggest titles as pre-race favourites American Bode Miller and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal failed to make the podium.

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