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Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Athletes ski through rain and mist, Russian eyes on ice hockey

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Snowboarders and skiers raced through fog and rain at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday as organisers fought to clear a backlog of events in the mountains, while on the Black Sea coast, hosts Russia meet Norway in a do-or-die men’s ice hockey clash.

In the first medal to be decided on a wet, misty day, the men’s snowboard cross athletes soared over jumps, muscled rivals aside for the inside line and crashed out spectacularly in a thrilling contest narrowly won by Pierre Vaultier of France.

Feb 17, 2014

Americans make history on ice, fog forces delays in mountains

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated into the history books at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Monday when they won the ice dance gold, but thick fog in the mountains forced organisers to postpone two events and warned of more delays to come.

Belarus maintained their remarkable medal charge, picking up two more titles including gold for Darya Domracheva, who is now the only woman to have won three biathlon titles at the same Games after her 12.5km mass start victory.

Feb 17, 2014

Fog wreaks havoc in mountains, more biathlon gold for dominant Domracheva

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Thick fog forced organisers to postpone two mountain events at the Winter Olympics on Monday, and officials warned of more disruptions to come with forecasts of rain all day on Tuesday.

Of the events completed on the 10th full day of competition, Darya Domracheva of Belarus became the first woman to win three biathlon titles at the same Games after her 12.5km mass start race went ahead under floodlights at the Laura Centre.

Feb 17, 2014

Fog wreaks havoc in mountains, U.S. eyes historic ice dance gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Thick fog wreaked havoc with mountain events at the Winter Games on Monday, but the weather will be of no concern when Meryl Davis and Charlie White bid to become the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance title later in the day.

After a week of uninterrupted sunshine, conditions have changed radically among the peaks of the Caucasus.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Fog wreaks havoc in mountains, US eyes historic ice dance gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Thick fog wreaked havoc with mountain events at the Winter Games on Monday, but the weather will be of no concern when Meryl Davis and Charlie White bid to become the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance title later in the day.

After a week of uninterrupted sunshine, conditions have changed radically among the peaks of the Caucasus.

Feb 15, 2014

US men edge Russians in ice hockey thriller, but skaters fail again

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The United States edged out host nation Russia in a thrilling men’s ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics on Saturday, but the American speed skaters’ medalless misery continued despite a last-minute switch in the suits they wore.

Ice hockey mania gripped the Sochi Games on another warm, sunny day on the Black Sea coast, as two of the sport’s heavyweights met in a game redolent of rivalries past.

Feb 15, 2014

Speed skating: Downbeat Davis fears U.S. may leave empty-handed

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A devastated Shani Davis fears the U.S. speed skating team may not win a medal at the Sochi Winter Games because of the psychological damage caused by a controversy over its racing suits.

The double Olympic champion came only 11th in the men’s 1,500 meters at the Adler Arena on Saturday. Brian Hansen finished seventh, Joey Mantia 22nd and Jonathan Kuck 37th in another shutout for the United States.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Downbeat Davis fears U.S. may leave empty-handed

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – A devastated Shani Davis fears the U.S. speed skating team may not win a medal at the Sochi Winter Games because of the psychological damage caused by a controversy over its racing suits.

The double Olympic champion came only 11th in the men’s 1,500 metres at the Adler Arena on Saturday. Brian Hansen finished seventh, Joey Mantia 22nd and Jonathan Kuck 37th in another shutout for the United States.

Feb 15, 2014

Eyes on ice with big hockey clash, U.S. speed skaters’ suit switch

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia meets the United States in men’s ice hockey at the Winter Olympics on Saturday in a clash redolent of rivalries past, while the American speed skating team are hoping a change of suits brings a change in fortunes.

The ice hockey qualifier at the futuristic Bolshoy Ice Dome by the shores of the Black Sea in Sochi will not determine any medals but it will play out before a capacity crowd of around 12,000, most of them roaring on the home team.

Feb 15, 2014

Winter Olympics – Eyes on ice with big hockey clash, US speed skaters’ suit switch

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia meets the United States in men’s ice hockey at the Winter Olympics on Saturday in a clash redolent of rivalries past, while the American speed skating team are hoping a change of suits brings a change in fortunes.

The ice hockey qualifier at the futuristic Bolshoy Ice Dome by the shores of the Black Sea in Sochi will not determine any medals but it will play out before a capacity crowd of around 12,000, most of them roaring on the home team.

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