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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.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Indian skier ready for flag to fly at closing ceremony

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 19 (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 honour when the torch was lit nearly two weeks ago.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Nervy Ligety holds off French to win giant slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – American Ted Ligety survived a scare to win gold in the men’s giant slalom on Wednesday, holding off two charging Frenchmen for his first Olympic title in the discipline he dominates.

The 29-year-old was in a class of his own on the first run down a crisp Rosa Khutor piste and built a 0.93-second lead, but a nervy second leg meant his margin of victory over Steve Missillier was shaved down to less than half a second.

Feb 19, 2014

Alpine skiing: Ligety in pole position for giant slalom gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – World champion Ted Ligety raised hopes of a first American Alpine skiing gold medal at the Sochi Olympics with a lightning fast first run in the men’s giant slalom on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old will start the second leg later on Wednesday with a healthy 0.93 second advantage over Czech Ondrej Bank after smoothly negotiating the 57 gates on a Rosa Khutor mountain sporting a fresh layer of overnight snow.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Ligety in pole position for giant slalom gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – World champion Ted Ligety raised hopes of a first American Alpine skiing gold medal at the Sochi Olympics with a lightning fast first run in the men’s giant slalom on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old will start the second leg later on Wednesday with a healthy 0.93 second advantage over Czech Ondrej Bank after smoothly negotiating the 57 gates on a Rosa Khutor mountain sporting a fresh layer of overnight snow.

Feb 18, 2014

Maze cuts it fine to win giant slalom gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Slovenia’s Tina Maze likes cutting it fine.

Days after being involved in an unprecedented tie for first place in the downhill she claimed her second gold at the Sochi Olympics, winning the giant slalom by the violin-string margin of 0.07 seconds.