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Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Snowboard star White misses medal, mild weather a worry

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – American snowboarder Shaun White, one of biggest draws at the Winter Olympics and favourite to win his third straight halfpipe title, bowed out without a medal on Tuesday in the biggest upset of the Games so far.

The 27-year-old was criticised for withdrawing from the slopestyle event to avoid risk of injury and the strategy backfired when Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov was comfortably the better jumper and twister in the floodlit final.

Feb 11, 2014

Russian ice hockey mania sweeps Games, mild weather a worry

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Attention at the Winter Olympics turned on Tuesday to the eagerly awaited men’s ice hockey competition even before a puck had been shot in anger, as host team Russia and heavyweights Canada and the United States paraded before the world’s media.

For many fans the Winter Games do not properly begin until the puck drops on the men’s ice hockey rink, and that happens on Wednesday at the gleaming new Bolshoy Ice Dome and Shayba Arena on Russia’s Black Sea Coast.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Russian ice hockey mania sweeps Games, mild weather a worry

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Attention at the Winter Olympics turned on Tuesday to the eagerly awaited men’s ice hockey competition even before a puck had been shot in anger, as host team Russia and heavyweights Canada and the United States paraded before the world’s media.

For many fans the Winter Games do not properly begin until the puck drops on the men’s ice hockey rink, and that happens on Wednesday at the gleaming new Bolshoy Ice Dome and Shayba Arena on Russia’s Black Sea Coast.

Feb 11, 2014

Criticism of Games reflects ‘Cold War’ mentality: Putin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Western criticism of Russia’s Winter Olympics was reminiscent of Cold War ambitions to hold the Soviet Union back, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, despite signs that the world was warming to the most expensive Games ever held.

The buildup to the Olympics in Sochi on the Black Sea coast has been overshadowed by threats of Islamist militant violence, an international outcry over a contentious “anti-gay propaganda” law and allegations of widespread corruption and profligacy.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Criticism of Games reflects “Cold War” mentality-Putin

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Western criticism of Russia’s Winter Olympics was reminiscent of Cold War ambitions to hold the Soviet Union back, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, despite signs that the world was warming to the most expensive Games ever held.

The buildup to the Olympics in Sochi on the Black Sea coast has been overshadowed by threats of Islamist militant violence, an international outcry over a contentious “anti-gay propaganda” law and allegations of widespread corruption and profligacy.

Feb 10, 2014

Canada, Germany strike winter gold, Russia basks in skating glory

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Canada and Germany added to their gold medal hauls at the Winter Olympics on Monday, while Russia basked in the afterglow of its first title of the Games after the team figure skating victory captivated the host nation.

The inaugural team event, decided at a packed Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Sunday, was a personal triumph for President Vladimir Putin, who has staked his reputation on staging a successful Games.

Feb 10, 2014

Russia, and Putin, bask in afterglow of Games gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia was basking in the afterglow of its first gold of the Winter Olympics on Monday, as the team figure skating victory enthralled the host nation and banished memories of Vancouver four years ago when the perennial sporting superpower stumbled.

The inaugural team event, decided at a packed Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Sunday, was also a personal triumph for President Vladimir Putin, who has staked his reputation on staging a successful Games.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Russia, and Putin, bask in afterglow of Games gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Russia was basking in the afterglow of its first gold of the Winter Olympics on Monday, as the team figure skating victory enthralled the host nation and banished memories of Vancouver four years ago when the perennial sporting superpower stumbled.

The inaugural team event, decided at a packed Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Sunday, was also a personal triumph for President Vladimir Putin, who has staked his reputation on staging a successful Games.

Feb 10, 2014

Hosts Russia roared on to first gold, Austria’s Mayer wins downhill

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Home fans roared Russia to its first gold of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Sunday when figure skating’s ultimate showman Yevgeny Plushenko sealed the team title, while in the mountains Austria’s Matthias Mayer conquered the perilous Rosa Khutor run to claim the men’s downhill.

With Russian President Vladimir Putin among the near 12,000 capacity crowd at the Iceberg Skating Palace, one of several new arenas built for the Winter Games, the hosts built an unassailable lead some 90 minutes before the contest ended.

Feb 9, 2014

Flier Mayer wins men’s downhill, host Russia eyes first gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Austrian Matthias Mayer conquered the treacherous Rosa Khutor run at Russia’s Winter Olympics on Sunday to win the men’s downhill, while the host nation was eyeing its first gold medal of the Games in the inaugural figure skating team event.

On the second day of full competition on Russia’s Black Sea coast, Mayer claimed one of the Sochi Games’ biggest titles, as pre-race favourites American Bode Miller and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal failed to make the podium.

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