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Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Dutch riding high after women skaters’ clean sweep

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (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.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Jansrud wins Super-G, Czech snowboarder strikes gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud sped to Olympic gold in the men’s super-G alpine skiing on Sunday 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.

Skicross racer Maria Komissarova, 23, was in a serious but stable condition after an operation lasting more than six hours on Saturday to insert a metal implant in her back.

Feb 16, 2014

Jansrud and Samkova mine gold in Russian mountains

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud sped to Olympic gold in the men’s Super-G alpine skiing on Sunday and Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic won the women’s snowboarding cross on the testing course where a Russian skier broke her back a day earlier.

Skicross racer Maria Komissarova, 23, was in a serious but stable condition after an operation lasting more than six hours on Saturday to insert a metal implant in her back. Doctors said it would take three or four days to know how successful the surgery had been.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Jansrud and Samkova mine gold in Russian mountains

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud sped to Olympic gold in the men’s Super-G alpine skiing on Sunday and Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic won the women’s snowboarding cross on the testing course where a Russian skier broke her back a day earlier.

Skicross racer Maria Komissarova, 23, was in a serious but stable condition after an operation lasting more than six hours on Saturday to insert a metal implant in her back. Doctors said it would take three or four days to know how successful the surgery had been.

Feb 15, 2014

Daly’s medal dream hits the wall

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American John Daly saw the chance of an Olympic medal slip from his grasp on Saturday when his sled missed the groove at the start of his skeleton run and he cannoned wildly from side to side of the track.

The 28-year-old began the final round in fourth place, just four-hundredths of a second behind compatriot Matthew Antoine, but lost control on the initial sprint as the sled veered off to the side.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-Daly’s medal dream hits the wall

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – American John Daly saw the chance of an Olympic medal slip from his grasp on Saturday when his sled missed the groove at the start of his skeleton run and he cannoned wildly from side to side of the track.

The 28-year-old began the final round in fourth place, just four-hundredths of a second behind compatriot Matthew Antoine, but lost control on the initial sprint as the sled veered off to the side.

Feb 15, 2014

Smiling volunteers show new face of Russia

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – As a volunteer at the Sochi Olympics, Anna Kostareva’s main role is to marshal journalists at the foot of the Rosa Khutor ski slope, but she finds it hard to stop herself dancing on the job.

The infectious cheer of the 29-year-old from St Petersburg, swaying to the music blaring from loudspeakers, typifies the image that Russia wants to show the world at the Winter Olympics: open, warm, friendly, and far-removed from the hatchet-faced stereotype of the Soviet Union.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Smiling volunteers show new face of Russia

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – As a volunteer at the Sochi Olympics, Anna Kostareva’s main role is to marshal journalists at the foot of the Rosa Khutor ski slope, but she finds it hard to stop herself dancing on the job.

The infectious cheer of the 29-year-old from St Petersburg, swaying to the music blaring from loudspeakers, typifies the image that Russia wants to show the world at the Winter Olympics: open, warm, friendly, and far-removed from the hatchet-faced stereotype of the Soviet Union.

Feb 15, 2014
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Sign of the times as Russian Olympic athlete shows her Orthodox faith

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(Russia’s Elena Nikitina celebrates after competing in the women’s skeleton event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

The sight of a Russian athlete crossing herself before a race was one small example among many of how the country has changed in the generation since it last hosted the Olympic Games.

Feb 15, 2014

Sign of the times as Russian athlete shows faith

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – The sight of a Russian athlete crossing herself before a race was one small example among many of how the country has changed in the generation since it last hosted the Olympic Games.

Elena Nikitina, 21, performed the ritual gesture before setting off in her fourth and final skeleton run at the Sanki sliding centre on Friday evening, where she ended up with the bronze medal.

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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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