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Feb 18, 2014

Shiffrin fifth but still talking the talk

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Just as she said, Mikaela Shiffrin had all the answers on Tuesday except where it really mattered, on the snow.

In a swirling storm the much-hyped American teenager could finish only fifth in the giant slalom, her first Olympic race, despite being strongly tipped for a podium place.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Shiffrin fifth but still talking the talk

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Just as she said, Mikaela Shiffrin had all the answers on Tuesday except where it really mattered, on the snow.

In a swirling storm the much-hyped American teenager could finish only fifth in the giant slalom, her first Olympic race, despite being strongly tipped for a podium place.

Feb 18, 2014

Maze sweeps through rain to win giant slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Slovenia’s Tina Maze swept through the clouds and rain to win her second gold of the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday, edging out Austrian Anna Fenninger in the women’s giant slalom.

Maze was involved in the first Alpine skiing tie at the Olympics in the downhill, clocking exactly the same time as Swiss Dominique Gisin, and she was only 0.07 seconds away from a repeat despite building a half-second lead in the first run.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Maze sweeps through rain to win giant slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Slovenia’s Tina Maze swept through the clouds and rain to win her second gold of the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday, edging out Austrian Anna Fenninger in the women’s giant slalom.

Maze was involved in the first Alpine skiing tie at the Olympics in the downhill, clocking exactly the same time as Swiss Dominique Gisin, and she was only 0.07 seconds away from a repeat despite building a half-second lead in the first run.

Feb 18, 2014

Alpine skiing: Maze sets pace in soggy giant slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Favorite Tina Maze built a healthy lead after the first run of the Olympic women’s giant slalom on Tuesday, putting her in a strong position to win her second gold of the Sochi Games.

The Slovenian, who shared the top of the podium with Swiss Dominique Gisin in the downhill, was quickest by 0.52 seconds from Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, with Italy’s Nadia Fanchini 0.65 seconds back ahead of the second run.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Maze sets pace in soggy giant slalom

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Favourite Tina Maze built a healthy lead after the first run of the Olympic women’s giant slalom on Tuesday, putting her in a strong position to win her second gold of the Sochi Games.

The Slovenian, who shared the top of the podium with Swiss Dominique Gisin in the downhill, was quickest by 0.52 seconds from Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, with Italy’s Nadia Fanchini 0.65 seconds back ahead of the second run.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Royal high fives for Jamaican bobsleighers

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Larger than life Jamaican driver Winston Watts had just steered his bobsleigh for the third and final run, laughed and joked his way through a forest of TV crews and reporters and looked like he was about to catch the death of cold.

Then he spotted a familiar face alongside the finish area at the Sanki Sliding Centre and erupted into a belly laugh.

Feb 17, 2014

Alpine skiing-Time for favorites to stand up in the slaloms

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American Ted Ligety regards himself as one of the favorites for Wednesday’s men’s giant slalom which, judging by events so far in the Caucasus mountains, means he is in for some disappointment.

From the moment spiky-haired Austrian Matthias Mayer set the cat amongst the pigeons with a surprise gold in the men’s downhill, the shocks have come thick and fast on Rosa Khutor’s Olympic pistes.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Alpine skiing-Time for favourites to stand up in the slaloms

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – American Ted Ligety regards himself as one of the favourites for Wednesday’s men’s giant slalom which, judging by events so far in the Caucasus mountains, means he is in for some disappointment.

From the moment spiky-haired Austrian Matthias Mayer set the cat amongst the pigeons with a surprise gold in the men’s downhill, the shocks have come thick and fast on Rosa Khutor’s Olympic pistes.

Feb 16, 2014

Alpine skiing: Lucky loonie helps Hudec end Canadian drought

ROSA KHUTOR, LONDON (Reuters) – Jan Hudec had just won Canada’s first Olympic Alpine skiing medal for 20 years but his first priority was making sure someone 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.