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Feb 22, 2014

Alpine skiing: Shiffrin ready to lead the new generation

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – With an Olympic gold medal around her neck at the age of 18, American skier Mikaela Shiffrin is pure gold dust for a sport preparing to wave goodbye to a generation of greats.

Under the glare of the floodlights at Rosa Khutor on Friday, the teenager known on the circuit as the “Mozart of Skiing” produced a high-speed waltz through the gates to become the youngest ever Olympic slalom champion.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Shiffrin ready to lead the new generation

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – With an Olympic gold medal around her neck at the age of 18, American skier Mikaela Shiffrin is pure gold dust for a sport preparing to wave goodbye to a generation of greats.

Under the glare of the floodlights at Rosa Khutor on Friday, the teenager known on the circuit as the “Mozart of Skiing” produced a high-speed waltz through the gates to become the youngest ever Olympic slalom champion.

Feb 21, 2014

Golden girl Shiffrin gives mum a fright

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Mikaela Shiffrin described as “terrifying” the moment she almost blew Olympic gold and nearly gave her watching mother a heart attack after zig-zagging into the record books on Sunday.

Already a world champion, the 18-year-old from Colorado now looks set for superstar status in the U.S. after becoming the youngest skier to win an Olympic Alpine skiing slalom – but for one hair-raising second she appeared to have thrown it away.

Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Golden girl Shiffrin gives mum a fright

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Mikaela Shiffrin described as “terrifying” the moment she almost blew Olympic gold and nearly gave her watching mother a heart attack after zig-zagging into the record books on Sunday.

Already a world champion, the 18-year-old from Colorado now looks set for superstar status in the U.S. after becoming the youngest skier to win an Olympic Alpine skiing slalom – but for one hair-raising second she appeared to have thrown it away.

Feb 20, 2014

French medalists look after number one, and each other

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – “All for one, one for all” was the motto of the Three Musketeers, but for the Frenchmen who won all three medals in Olympic ski cross on Thursday the individual definitely takes precedence over the collective.

“In ski cross only one guy can be first, it’s every man for himself,” bronze medalist Jonathan Midol said. “But our success is definitely a result of our joint achievement and effort. We all put our soul into it.”

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle skiing-French medallists look after number one, and each other

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – “All for one, one for all” was the motto of the Three Musketeers, but for the Frenchmen who won all three medals in Olympic ski cross on Thursday the individual definitely takes precedence over the collective.

“In ski cross only one guy can be first, it’s every man for himself,” bronze medallist Jonathan Midol said. “But our success is definitely a result of our joint achievement and effort. We all put our soul into it.”

Feb 19, 2014

Alpine skiing: ‘Inspirational’ Miller may call it a day before slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American showman Bode Miller finished way down the standings in Wednesday’s giant slalom in what could be his final Olympic race, his creaking knees found wanting on an unforgiving piste.

And if it was to be the 36-year-old’s farewell appearance after illuminating five Winter Games he will be sorely missed, according to U.S. team coach Sasha Rearick.

Feb 19, 2014

‘Inspirational’ Miller may call it a day before slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American showman Bode Miller finished way down the standings in Wednesday’s giant slalom in what could be his final Olympic race, his creaking knees found wanting on an unforgiving piste.

And if it was to be the 36-year-old’s farewell appearance after illuminating five Winter Games he will be sorely missed, according to U.S. team coach Sasha Rearick.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-”Inspirational” Miller may call it a day before slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – American showman Bode Miller finished way down the standings in Wednesday’s giant slalom in what could be his final Olympic race, his creaking knees found wanting on an unforgiving piste.

And if it was to be the 36-year-old’s farewell appearance after illuminating five Winter Games he will be sorely missed, according to U.S. team coach Sasha Rearick.

Feb 19, 2014

Indian skier ready for flag to fly at closing ceremony

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – India’s only Olympic Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur finished last in the men’s giant slalom on Wednesday and cannot wait for the Sochi Games to end.

Not because he is homesick or fed-up with his performance – he just wants to walk with his country’s flag at the closing ceremony after being denied that honor when the torch was lit nearly two weeks ago.