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Feb 9, 2014

Pride restored as Austria finds new king of speed

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Shamed four years ago after failing to deliver an Olympic medal of any color, the Austrian men’s ski team made a flying start to the Sochi Games when young gun Matthias Mayer blasted down the Rosa Khutor course to win the downhill on Sunday.

Those bitter Vancouver memories were erased in the two minutes, six seconds it took the 23-year-old to reach the bottom and claim Austria’s first men’s downhill Olympic gold since Fritz Strobl set the cowbells ringing in 2002.

Feb 9, 2014

Alpine skiing-Pride restored as Austria finds new king of speed

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Shamed four years ago after failing to deliver an Olympic medal of any colour, the Austrian men’s ski team made a flying start to the Sochi Games when young gun Matthias Mayer blasted down the Rosa Khutor course to win the downhill on Sunday.

Those bitter Vancouver memories were erased in the two minutes, six seconds it took the 23-year-old to reach the bottom and claim Austria’s first men’s downhill Olympic gold since Fritz Strobl set the cowbells ringing in 2002.

Feb 9, 2014

Miller’s golden dream obscured by the clouds

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Bode Miller’s dream of adding Olympic downhill gold to his chest of medals was obscured by the clouds on Sunday with the American cursing Mother Nature for his disappointing eighth place.

Hoping to win Alpine skiing’s most coveted prize before hanging up his race boots, the 36-year-old American began as favorite after setting the pace in two of the three training runs under dazzling blue skies.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Miller’s golden dream obscured by the clouds

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Bode Miller’s dream of adding Olympic downhill gold to his chest of medals was obscured by the clouds on Sunday with the American cursing Mother Nature for his disappointing eighth place.

Hoping to win Alpine skiing’s most coveted prize before hanging up his race boots, the 36-year-old American began as favourite after setting the pace in two of the three training runs under dazzling blue skies.

Feb 8, 2014

Waxing and grinding gives racers the edge

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – At first glance it looks like a ramshackle pile of white shipping containers stacked up in a muddy car park behind the grandstand at the bottom of the Olympic downhill ski run.

Wander across, though, and you discover it is home to the ski technicians who toil away for hours with waxing irons, files and grinders so that the world’s top speed merchants can shave crucial tenths of seconds off their times.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Waxing and grinding gives racers the edge

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – At first glance it looks like a ramshackle pile of white shipping containers stacked up in a muddy car park behind the grandstand at the bottom of the Olympic downhill ski run.

Wander across, though, and you discover it is home to the ski technicians who toil away for hours with waxing irons, files and grinders so that the world’s top speed merchants can shave crucial tenths of seconds off their times.

Feb 8, 2014

Course can kill, warns shaken Miller

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Bode Miller laid bare the dangers faced by the downhillers going for gold on Sunday when he said the treacherous Rosa Khutor piste “could kill you”.

The American veteran clocked a speed of 132.59 kilometers (82.4 miles) per hour as he topped the timesheets in the third and final training run for the showpiece men’s race but was clearly shaken after seeing team mate Marco Sullivan narrowly escape a serious crash.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Course can kill, warns shaken Miller

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Bode Miller laid bare the dangers faced by the downhillers going for gold on Sunday when he said the treacherous Rosa Khutor piste “could kill you”.

The American veteran clocked a speed of 132.59 kilometres (82.4 miles) per hour as he topped the timesheets in the third and final training run for the showpiece men’s race but was clearly shaken after seeing team mate Marco Sullivan narrowly escape a serious crash.

Feb 8, 2014

Alpine skiing: Speed kings ready to deliver thrills

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – “Been there, done that” the veteran American Bode Miller said of the Olympics this week. But in the moments before he flings himself down the men’s downhill course on Sunday, you can be sure the adrenaline will be pumping as strongly as ever.

Miller calls the race the “pinnacle” of his sport, and the showman will begin the Alpine program at the Sochi Games in style if he becomes the oldest male skier to capture an Olympic gold.

Feb 8, 2014

Speed kings ready to deliver thrills

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – “Been there, done that” the veteran American Bode Miller said of the Olympics this week. But in the moments before he flings himself down the men’s downhill course on Sunday, you can be sure the adrenaline will be pumping as strongly as ever.

Miller calls the race the “pinnacle” of his sport, and the showman will begin the Alpine programme at the Sochi Games in style if he becomes the oldest male skier to capture an Olympic gold.