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Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-’Only in Russia’ moments brighten up Games

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Behind the shimmering $50 billion facade of the Winter Olympics, beneath the shiny wrapping of Vladimir Putin’s gargantuan gift to the world, lie traces of a Russia that never changes: sometimes frustrating, often bizarre and always strange and exciting.

Winston Churchill famously called Russia “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”, and the country’s contradictions and incongruities were on full view in Sochi.

Feb 20, 2014

Lodwick, Demong call time on Olympic careers

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – After a combined 11 Winter Games in one of the Olympics’ toughest sports, U.S. athletes Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong called time on their careers on Thursday, waving goodbye to the grueling blend of ski jumping and cross-country skiing that goes by the name of Nordic combined.

The two Americans and team mates Bryan and Taylor Fletcher were competing mostly for pride in a relay event where Norway, Germany and Austria dominated from start to finish and crossed the line well over a minute before the rest of the field.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Nordic combined-Lodwick, Demong call time on Olympic careers

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – After a combined 11 Winter Games in one of the Olympics’ toughest sports, U.S. athletes Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong called time on their careers on Thursday, waving goodbye to the gruelling blend of ski jumping and cross-country skiing that goes by the name of Nordic combined.

The two Americans and team mates Bryan and Taylor Fletcher were competing mostly for pride in a relay event where Norway, Germany and Austria dominated from start to finish and crossed the line well over a minute before the rest of the field.

Feb 19, 2014

Ignorance is bliss for Canada’s Humphries

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Going into the final round of the women’s Olympic bobsleigh, Canadian driver Kaillie Humphries trailed her U.S. rivals by 0.11 seconds – but she may have been the only person at the Sanki Sliding Centre who didn’t know it.

In a sport where every tiny error costs precious fractions of a second, the 28-year-old makes a habit of keeping herself in the dark when it comes to the exact margin separating her from the competition.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Ignorance is bliss for Canada’s Humphries

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Going into the final round of the women’s Olympic bobsleigh, Canadian driver Kaillie Humphries trailed her U.S. rivals by 0.11 seconds – but she may have been the only person at the Sanki Sliding Centre who didn’t know it.

In a sport where every tiny error costs precious fractions of a second, the 28-year-old makes a habit of keeping herself in the dark when it comes to the exact margin separating her from the competition.

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.

    • About Mark

      "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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      1986
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