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Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Games-time disaster prevention is top priority-Tokyo governor

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe’s worst nightmare is a catastrophe hitting the city during the 2020 Summer Games and disaster prevention and mitigation tops his Olympic to-do list.

Speaking to Reuters a day after the end of the Sochi Winter Games, Masuzoe, elected this month, said he had had to travel to Russia to assure the International Olympic Committee he was fully committed to Olympic preparations after his predecessor resigned over a financial scandal.

Feb 24, 2014

Winners and losers at the Sochi Winter Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – WINNERS:

Women’s ski jump: After years of lobbying to be included in the Olympics women ski jumpers finally had their day in Sochi when the first Olympic competition was held.

When U.S. ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson sped down a snow-covered ramp and hurtled into the air at 90kph, a piece of Olympic history was made in the Russian mountains.

Feb 24, 2014

Gigantic Games look a thing of past after Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – When the flame went out in Russia’s Sochi on Sunday, the 2014 Winter Games went down in history as the most expensive Olympics with an overall price tag estimated at more than $50 billion.

Never had a Winter or Summer Olympics – which are several times the size and scope of the snow-and-ice spectacle – soaked up so much spending, although some Russian officials dispute the reported costs.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Winners and losers at the Sochi Winter Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – WINNERS:

Women’s ski jump: After years of lobbying to be included in the Olympics women ski jumpers finally had their day in Sochi when the first Olympic competition was held.

When U.S. ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson sped down a snow-covered ramp and hurtled into the air at 90kph, a piece of Olympic history was made in the Russian mountains.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Gigantic Games look a thing of past after Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – When the flame went out in Russia’s Sochi on Sunday, the 2014 Winter Games went down in history as the most expensive Olympics with an overall price tag estimated at more than $50 billion.

Never had a Winter or Summer Olympics – which are several times the size and scope of the snow-and-ice spectacle – soaked up so much spending, although some Russian officials dispute the reported costs.

Feb 23, 2014

‘Excellent’ Sochi Games proved critics wrong, says IOC’s Bach

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Sochi Winter Games set records in competitor numbers, medals awarded and quality of venues, keeping athletes happy and proving critics wrong, said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters hours before the Games closing ceremony, Bach, who presided over his first Olympics after taking over as IOC chief last September, said Russian government support and President Vladimir Putin’s personal involvement had contributed to the success.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-’Excellent’ Sochi Games proved critics wrong, says IOC’s Bach

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The Sochi Winter Games set records in competitor numbers, medals awarded and quality of venues, keeping athletes happy and proving critics wrong, said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters hours before the Games closing ceremony, Bach, who presided over his first Olympics after taking over as IOC chief last September, said Russian government support and President Vladimir Putin’s personal involvement had contributed to the success.

Feb 23, 2014

Austrian cross-country skier Duerr tests positive for EPO

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr, who placed eighth in the Sochi Olympics skiathlon, has tested positive for performance-boosting EPO and has been excluded from the Games, the Austrian Olympic Committee said on Sunday.

Duerr, 26, is the fifth athlete to test positive at the Winter Games, which conclude later on Sunday.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Austrian cross-country skier Duerr tests positive for EPO

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr, who placed eighth in the Sochi Olympics skiathlon, has tested positive for performance-boosting EPO and has been exluded from the Games, the Austrian Olympic Committee said on Sunday.

Duerr, 26, is the fifth athlete to test positive at the Winter Games, which conclude later on Sunday.

Feb 22, 2014

Speedskating: Suits not to blame for failures, says U.S. Committee

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – American speedskaters may have flopped at the Sochi Olympics failing to win a single medal but their controversial suits had nothing to do with it, United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said on Saturday.

The Americans went home without a medal for the first time since the 1984 Sarajevo Games, despite proclaiming their team of 17 skaters could match the feat of the 2002 squad, who won a record eight medals at their home Salt Lake City Olympics.

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