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Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Lucky loonie helps Hudec end Canadian drought

ROSA KHUTOR, LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Jan Hudec had just won Canada’s first Olympic Alpine skiing medal for 20 years but his first priority was making sure some one dug up his lucky loonie.

It is a tradition in Canada’s ski team to bury a dollar coin, known as a loonie, on the finish line for good luck so after claiming a bronze medal in the super-G it was no wonder the injury-plagued 32-year-old wanted it back.

Feb 16, 2014

Alpine skiing: Norwegian raider Jansrud plunders more gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Special qualities are required to join the elite ranks of the so-called Attacking Vikings and Kjetil Jansrud revealed them in abundance to plunder more gold for Norway in a gripping men’s Olympic super-G race on Sunday.

Just as Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Lasse Kjus, the original members, and Aksel Lund Svindal had done before him, the bearded 28-year-old raider from Stavanger risked all as he hurtled down a treacherous mountainside to claim Olympic glory.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Norwegian raider Jansrud plunders more gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Special qualities are required to join the elite ranks of the so-called Attacking Vikings and Kjetil Jansrud revealed them in abundance to plunder more gold for Norway in a gripping men’s Olympic super-G race on Sunday.

Just as Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Lasse Kjus, the original members, and Aksel Lund Svindal had done before him, the bearded 28-year-old raider from Stavanger risked all as he hurtled down a treacherous mountainside to claim Olympic glory.

Feb 15, 2014

Japan’s golden oldie Kasai flys to silver

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – At the age of 41 you are not supposed to be launching yourself 130 meters through the night sky at 90kph wearing skin tight yellow lycra, but nobody has told Noriaki Kasai.

On Saturday at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jump Japanese flyer Kasai claimed an astonishing silver medal in the men’s large hill competition, beating jumpers who were not even born when he first appeared on the World Cup scene.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Ski jumping-Japan’s golden oldie Kasai flys to silver

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – At the age of 41 you are not supposed to be launching yourself 130 metres through the night sky at 90kph wearing skin tight yellow lycra, but nobody has told Noriaki Kasai.

On Saturday at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jump Japanese flyer Kasai claimed an astonishing silver medal in the men’s large hill competition, beating jumpers who were not even born when he first appeared on the World Cup scene.

Feb 15, 2014

Alpine skiing: Women skiers feel the heat in tropical snow

ROSA KHUTOR (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Lara Gut said it was like water skiing as warm sunshine produced “tropical snow” on the lower regions of the women’s Olympic super-G course on Saturday.

Only one of the first nine starters completed the 2.1km course with the gates on the final run-in to the finish particularly troublesome as the snow turned to mush.

Feb 15, 2014

Alpine skiing: So close, but Kostelic record eludes Hoefl-Riesch

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Maria Hoefl-Riesch acknowledges her chances of winning a record-equaling fourth Olympic gold were wrecked by a high-velocity mistake when in sight of victory in Saturday’s super-G.

The German flyer was fractionally ahead of eventual winner Anna Fenninger on the clock but a huge error over the final ridge cost her victory and a share of the women’s Olympic medal record of Janica Kostelic.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Women skiers feel the heat in tropical snow

ROSA KHUTOR, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Lara Gut said it was like water skiing as warm sunshine produced “tropical snow” on the lower regions of the women’s Olympic super-G course on Saturday.

Only one of the first nine starters completed the 2.1km course with the gates on the final run-in to the finish particularly troublesome as the snow turned to mush.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-So close, but Kostelic record eludes Hoefl-Riesch

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Maria Hoefl-Riesch acknowledges her chances of winning a record-equalling fourth Olympic gold were wrecked by a high-velocity mistake when in sight of victory in Saturday’s super-G.

The German flyer was fractionally ahead of eventual winner Anna Fenninger on the clock but a huge error over the final ridge cost her victory and a share of the women’s Olympic medal record of Janica Kostelic.

Feb 14, 2014

Headliners put in shade by funky outsiders

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Two events into the men’s Olympic Alpine skiing program and some of the sport’s biggest names are yet to join the party.

Sunday’s downhill was won by Austrian Matthias Mayer, who had never previously topped a World Cup podium, and the pattern continued in Friday’s super combined when the favourites were left in the shade by Swiss outsider Sandro Viletta.