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Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Memorable moments of the Sochi Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Questions about Sochi’s suitability to host the Winter Olympics will not go away once the flame has been extinguished but in the expensively-built stadiums and snow resorts the athletes put on a dazzling show.

Whether skiing, sliding, jumping or somersaulting, their performances ensured a captivating couple of weeks in the Caucasus and for TV viewers around the world.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Super Mario saves best to last for slalom gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Two generations collided on a treacherous Russian slalom slope on Saturday with Austrian Mario Matt fighting off two young guns to become the oldest winner of an Olympic Alpine skiing gold.

With favourites careering off in all directions from a rutted course resembling a battlefield the 34-year-old former world champion used every ounce of his experience to edge out team mate Marcel Hirscher, 10 years his junior, by 0.28 seconds.

Feb 22, 2014

Alpine skiing: Veteran Matt holds off Hirscher to win slalom gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Austrian Mario Matt became the oldest winner of an Olympic Alpine skiing gold medal on Saturday when he edged out team mate Marcel Hirscher in a thrilling slalom at the Sochi Games.

The 34-year-old held his nerve to win by 0.28 seconds over two legs down a Rosa Khutor course that proved too difficult for many of the medal contenders.

Feb 22, 2014

Alpine skiing: Matt sets the pace in men’s slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Austrian veteran Mario Matt clocked the fastest time in the first run of the Olympic men’s slalom on Saturday, while compatriot and favorite Marcel Hirscher struggled for pace.

Matt, 34, was 0.45 seconds quicker than Sweden’s Andre Myhrer and 0.75 ahead of Italian Stefano Gross and another Swede Mattias Hargin going into the second leg that will bring the curtain down on the Alpine skiing program at Rosa Khutor.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Matt sets the pace in men’s slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Austrian veteran Mario Matt clocked the fastest time in the first run of the Olympic men’s slalom on Saturday, while compatriot and favourite Marcel Hirscher struggled for pace.

Matt, 34, was 0.45 seconds quicker than Sweden’s Andre Myhrer and 0.75 ahead of Italian Stefano Gross and another Swede Mattias Hargin going into the second leg that will bring the curtain down on the Alpine skiing programme at Rosa Khutor.

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.”