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Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Norway scoop more gold as athletes ski through rain and mist

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Snowboarders and skiers raced through fog and rain at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday, as Norway continued their impressive Games with two more golds and short track speed skating produced more of its usual controversies.

After two days of delays and postponements organisers will have been delighted to get back on schedule as Frenchman Pierre Vaultier won the men’s snowboard cross in a race originally due to be run on Sunday.

Feb 18, 2014

Pussy Riot members detained by police in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Pussy Riot protest band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said they were detained on suspicion of theft in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi on Tuesday, less than two months after their release from prison under an amnesty.

President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on the Sochi Games, hoping they would show the world Russia’s modern face more than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Pussy Riot members detained by police in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Pussy Riot protest band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said they were detained on suspicion of theft in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi on Tuesday, less than two months after their release from prison under an amnesty.

President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on the Sochi Games, hoping they would show the world Russia’s modern face more than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Feb 18, 2014

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

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Snowboarders and skiers raced through fog and rain at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday as organizers 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 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.

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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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