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Feb 19, 2014

Missillier springs “bizarre” surprise in French double act

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Steve Missillier had never finished better than third in his World Cup career, so to win silver in the Olympic giant slalom on Wednesday following the race of his life was truly “bizarre” for the Frenchman.

While American Ted Ligety never looked in doubt for the gold, no one expected Missillier to haul himself up from 10th place after the first leg with a blistering second run in the afternoon.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Missillier springs “bizarre” surprise in French double act

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Steve Missillier had never finished better than third in his World Cup career, so to win silver in the Olympic giant slalom on Wednesday following the race of his life was truly “bizarre” for the Frenchman.

While American Ted Ligety never looked in doubt for the gold, no one expected Missillier to haul himself up from 10th place after the first leg with a blistering second run in the afternoon.

Feb 18, 2014

Norway’s medal duo feel at home in Sochi rain

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Norway’s Joergen Graabak and Magnus Moan felt right at home in the Russian mountains on Tuesday when they powered through driving rain to gold and silver medals in the men’s Nordic combined.

Both live in the coastal town of Trondheim where it rains about 150 days a year.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Nordic combined-Norway’s medal duo feel at home in Sochi rain

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Norway’s Joergen Graabak and Magnus Moan felt right at home in the Russian mountains on Tuesday when they powered through driving rain to gold and silver medals in the men’s Nordic combined.

Both live in the coastal town of Trondheim where it rains about 150 days a year.

Feb 17, 2014

Ski jumping-Germany beat Austria in thrilling team event

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – An 18-year-old Olympic debutant helped propel Germany to a dramatic victory over defending champions Austria in the men’s ski jumping competition at the Sochi Games on Monday.

In a see-saw battle that saw the lead change hands several times, Austria held a tiny 0.3 point lead over the Germans with two jumps left after a fine effort by Thomas Morgenstern, who is still recovering from two bad crashes.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Germany beat Austria in thrilling team event

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – An 18-year-old Olympic debutant helped propel Germany to a dramatic victory over defending champions Austria in the men’s ski jumping competition at the Sochi Games on Monday.

In a see-saw battle that saw the lead change hands several times, Austria held a tiny 0.3 point lead over the Germans with two jumps left after a fine effort by Thomas Morgenstern, who is still recovering from two bad crashes.

Feb 17, 2014
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At Sochi Olympics, online kosher meal orders and extra rabbis for visiting Jews

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(Sochi Rabbi Ari Edelkopf holds a Torah scroll at one of several prayer centres set up to cater to Jewish visitors to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Russia, in Krasnaya Polyana February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Sochi’s lone rabbi has drawn on reinforcements from the United States and shipped in 7,000 kosher meals to help cater for Jewish visitors to the Winter Olympics in Russia, a country where Judaism is reviving after decades of repression.

Feb 17, 2014

Online kosher, extra rabbis for visiting Jews in Sochi

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Sochi’s lone rabbi has drawn on reinforcements from the United States and shipped in 7,000 kosher meals to help cater for Jewish visitors to the Winter Olympics in Russia, a country where Judaism is reviving after decades of repression.

Speaking virtually no Russian at the time, Ari Edelkopf, a native of California, moved to Sochi 12 years ago with his wife Chani to establish a synagogue. In the run-up to the Olympics, he said he received emails from Jews from around the world, anxious to find out where they could eat kosher food and celebrate the Shabbat, or Sabbath.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Online kosher, extra rabbis for visiting Jews in Sochi

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Sochi’s lone rabbi has drawn on reinforcements from the United States and shipped in 7,000 kosher meals to help cater for Jewish visitors to the Winter Olympics in Russia, a country where Judaism is reviving after decades of repression.

Speaking virtually no Russian at the time, Ari Edelkopf, a native of California, moved to Sochi 12 years ago with his wife Chani to establish a synagogue. In the run-up to the Olympics, he said he received emails from Jews from around the world, anxious to find out where they could eat kosher food and celebrate the Shabbat, or Sabbath.

Feb 16, 2014

Dutch riding high after women skaters’ clean sweep

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Jorien ter Mors led a Dutch clean sweep in the women’s 1,500 metres speed skating on Sunday as the Netherlands’ medal tally shot up to 17, more than any other nation at the Winter Olympics in Russia.

Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud sped to gold in the men’s super-G alpine skiing and Czech Eva Samkova won the women’s snowboarding cross after yet more tumbles on the testing course where a Russian skier broke her back a day earlier.

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      "I've reported for Reuters from about 35 countries, with postings in Brussels, Warsaw, Moscow, Wellington and Berlin. Career highlights including covering the collapse of the Soviet Union and reporting on many aspects of the "war on terror" as security correspondent between 2003 and 2008. I now work on the political and general news desk in London, and as an editorial trainer."
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