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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.

Feb 9, 2014

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

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (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.

Feb 8, 2014

World’s eyes turn to sport as Russian Winter Games hit stride

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia’s Winter Olympics sprang into action on Saturday with the first full day of sporting contest, finally drawing the world’s gaze from militant threats, a widely criticised “gay propaganda” law and an opening ceremony that did not go completely to plan.

The United States claimed the first gold in the slopestyle event held amidst the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains, some 40 km (25 miles) northeast of the Black Sea resort town of Sochi where the main Olympic park is located.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-World’s eyes turn to sport as Russian Winter Games hit stride

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Russia’s Winter Olympics sprang into action on Saturday with the first full day of sporting contest, finally drawing the world’s gaze from militant threats, a widely criticised “gay propaganda” law and an opening ceremony that did not go completely to plan.

The United States claimed the first gold in the slopestyle event held amidst the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains, some 40 km (25 miles) northeast of the Black Sea resort town of Sochi where the main Olympic park is located.

Feb 8, 2014

Russian Winter Games open amid security scares, arrests

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia’s Winter Olympics got underway on Friday with a grandiose opening ceremony watched by President Vladimir Putin, who will be keen to calm fears of militant attacks and move on from a row over gay rights that has marred the buildup to the Games.

Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Olympics in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, where a colorful show before 40,000 spectators at the gleaming new Fisht Stadium signaled the start of full sporting competition.

Feb 7, 2014

Russian Winter Games kick off with a glitch, fairytale show

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia’s Winter Games got off to a shaky start on Friday when one of the five Olympic rings failed, but ballet dancers, stirring music and huge mechanical props tracing the host nation’s history propelled the opening ceremony forward.

Only four of the five giant Olympic rings unfurled from snowflake-shaped structures suspended from the roof of the 40,000-capacity Fisht Stadium in Sochi, meaning the famous symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Russian Winter Games kick off with a glitch, fairytale show

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Russia’s Winter Games got off to a shaky start on Friday when one of the five Olympic rings failed, but ballet dancers, stirring music and huge mechanical props tracing the host nation’s history propelled the opening ceremony forward.

Only four of the five giant Olympic rings unfurled from snowflake-shaped structures suspended from the roof of the 40,000-capacity Fisht Stadium in Sochi, meaning the famous symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned.

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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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