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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.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Sign of the times as Russian athlete shows faith

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (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.

Feb 14, 2014

Pikus-Pace says silver makes the pain worth it

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – An elated Noelle Pikus-Pace called her Olympic skeleton silver “as good as gold” on Friday and announced her retirement for the second time after bouncing back from injury, family trauma and the disappointment of just missing a medal four years ago.

The 31-year-old American missed the 2006 Olympics when she broke her right leg after being hit by America’s four-man bobsleigh. She retired from skeleton after coming fourth in Vancouver in 2010, before returning to the sport in 2012.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-Pikus-Pace says silver makes the pain worth it

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – An elated Noelle Pikus-Pace called her Olympic skeleton silver “as good as gold” on Friday and announced her retirement for the second time after bouncing back from injury, family trauma and the disappointment of just missing a medal four years ago.

The 31-year-old American missed the 2006 Olympics when she broke her right leg after being hit by America’s four-man bobsleigh. She retired from skeleton after coming fourth in Vancouver in 2010, before returning to the sport in 2012.

Feb 13, 2014

Cossacks proud to take stage at Sochi Games

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – For centuries they were the free men of the Russian steppe – conquerors of Siberia, defenders of the empire’s frontiers and guardians of a warrior culture that to this day is celebrated in legend and song.

At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Cossacks are restricted to more prosaic duties: 500 have been deployed to work with police, mainly patrolling streets and stations on the lookout for troublemakers and drunks.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Cossacks proud to take stage at Sochi Games

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – For centuries they were the free men of the Russian steppe – conquerors of Siberia, defenders of the empire’s frontiers and guardians of a warrior culture that to this day is celebrated in legend and song.

At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Cossacks are restricted to more prosaic duties: 500 have been deployed to work with police, mainly patrolling streets and stations on the lookout for troublemakers and drunks.

Feb 13, 2014

Fierce Torah takes on the ‘big babes’

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Elated by her silver medal in the halfpipe, Australia’s Torah Bright is looking for extra aggression as she gears up for Sunday’s snowboard cross.

Unlike the halfpipe and slopestyle where athletes go one at a time, in the cross event snowboarders race down a bumpy, twisting course. While racers can be disqualified for deliberate pushing, collisions are an occupational hazard.

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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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