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Feb 22, 2014

Sochi in home stretch, Russia says Games ‘broke the ice’

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Norway held their lead at the top of the medals table on Saturday as the Sochi Olympics entered the final weekend, and Russia said its first Winter Games had helped “break the ice” of skepticism towards the host nation.

Organizers were confident they had achieved what they and President Vladimir Putin set out to do – project Russia as a modern, tolerant country that had thrown off the shackles of its Soviet past.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Sochi in home stretch, Russia says Games “broke the ice”

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Norway held their lead at the top of the medals table on Saturday as the Sochi Olympics entered the final weekend, and Russia said its first Winter Games had helped “break the ice” of scepticism towards the host nation.

Organisers were confident they had achieved what they and President Vladimir Putin set out to do – project Russia as a modern, tolerant country that had thrown off the shackles of its Soviet past.

Feb 21, 2014

Scent of scandal in Sochi, US face Canada in ice hockey

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The scent of scandal lingered over the Sochi Olympics on Friday after contentious judging favored an unfancied Russian over South Korea’s Kim Yuna in the women’s figure skating contest, and a test produced the first suspect blood sample of the Games.

As Russia’s first Winter Olympics headed into the final weekend, the host nation rejoiced after snatching the coveted figure skating title for the first time late on Thursday.

Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Scent of scandal in Sochi, US face Canada in ice hockey

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The scent of scandal lingered over the Sochi Olympics on Friday after contentious judging favoured an unfancied Russian over South Korea’s Kim Yuna in the women’s figure skating contest, and a test produced the first suspect blood sample of the Games.

As Russia’s first Winter Olympics headed into the final weekend, the host nation rejoiced after snatching the coveted figure skating title for the first time late on Thursday.

Feb 21, 2014

Thrills on Russian ice, Ukraine athlete leaves in protest

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The women’s figure skaters provided a thrilling climax to Thursday’s Winter Olympics action when Russian Adelina Sotnikova claimed gold, but a skier’s decision to pull out of the Games in protest was a reminder of the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.

Seventeen-year-old Sotnikova was second going into the free skating programme, and whipped the partisan crowd into a frenzy with an energy-sapping routine.

Feb 20, 2014

Women skaters go for gold, Ukraine and human rights loom

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – All eyes will be on the evening finale of the women’s figure skating contest at the Winter Olympics on Thursday, but Russia’s human rights record and its role in the crisis in neighboring Ukraine succeeded in diverting the world’s gaze.

The International Olympic Committee said some Ukrainian athletes had decided to leave Sochi for home, where at least 43 people have died in anti-government protests.

Feb 20, 2014

Olympics-Women skaters go for gold, Ukraine and human rights loom

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 20 (Reuters) – All eyes will be on the evening finale of the women’s figure skating contest at the Winter Olympics on Thursday, but Russia’s human rights record and its role in the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine succeeded in diverting the world’s gaze.

The International Olympic Committee said some Ukrainian athletes had decided to leave Sochi for home, where at least 43 people have died in anti-government protests.

Feb 19, 2014

Drama on ice at Sochi Games, Ukraine team frets over violence

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The world’s ice hockey superpowers slug it out for a place in the men’s semi-finals at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, when the more graceful yet no less competitive women’s figure skating also gets underway.

Far from the sporting arena, Ukraine’s Olympics boss Sergey Bubka called for an end to violence in his country, where at least 25 people have been killed in bloody street protests.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Drama on ice at Sochi Games, Ukraine team frets over violence

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The world’s ice hockey superpowers slug it out for a place in the men’s semi-finals at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, when the more graceful yet no less competitive women’s figure skating also gets underway.

Far from the sporting arena, Ukraine’s Olympics boss Sergey Bubka called for an end to violence in his country, where at least 25 people have been killed in bloody street protests.

Feb 19, 2014

Protest group crashes Russia’s Olympic party, Norway strike gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Members of Russian protest group Pussy Riot crashed the Sochi Olympic party on Tuesday when they were detained at a police station, briefly diverting the world’s gaze from snowboarders and skiers who braved thick fog, rain and snow to race.

Five group members were among those held for around three hours at a police station in the Adler district of Sochi, not far from the Olympic Park where Russia is hosting its first Winter Games.

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      "I cover arts and entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa, ranging from film festivals like Cannes and awards shows like the BRITs and from books and theatre to art, opera and industry stories. My previous postings include Moscow, senior correspondent in Central Asia and deputy bureau chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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