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Feb 24, 2014

Russia tops medals table as Games end amid doping scandals

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Winter Olympics ended on Sunday with host nation Russia on top of the medals table and Canada winning the men’s ice hockey final, but news that two more athletes tested positive for banned substances dimmed the golden glow.

Canada claimed the last, most coveted title of the Games by sweeping aside Sweden 3-0 to retain their men’s ice hockey crown, but two more victories for Russia gave them an unassailable lead with 13 golds to Norway’s 11.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Russia lightens up with softer image at closing ceremony

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – An emotional closing ceremony at Russia’s first Winter Olympics painted the hosts in soft colours, in contrast to the muscular, assertive spectacle that kicked off the Games, and there was even room for a joke at the home nation’s expense.

The show at the Fisht Stadium on the Black Sea coast opened with a volley of fireworks and a boat suspended high in the air above waves formed by lines of hundreds of dancers in shimmering costumes.

Feb 23, 2014

Closing ceremony paints hosts Russia in softer colors

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Sunday’s closing ceremony at Russia’s first Winter Olympics will aim to paint the host nation in softer colors than the muscular spectacle that kicked off the Games, organizers said.

The show at the gleaming Fisht Stadium on the Black Sea coast will take viewers on a poetic journey through Russia’s rich heritage of visual arts, music, literature and dance.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Closing ceremony paints hosts Russia in softer colours

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Sunday’s closing ceremony at Russia’s first Winter Olympics will aim to paint the host nation in softer colours than the muscular spectacle that kicked off the Games, organisers said.

The show at the gleaming Fisht Stadium on the Black Sea coast will take viewers on a poetic journey through Russia’s rich heritage of visual arts, music, literature and dance.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Russia tops Sochi medals table, doping cases dim golden glow

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – The Winter Olympics will end on Sunday with Russia on top of the medals table in a surprise sporting success for the host nation, but news that a fifth Sochi athlete tested positive for a banned substance dimmed the golden glow.

With two of 98 medals yet to be decided ahead of the evening closing ceremony on the Black Sea coast, Russia has 12 gold medals after a podium sweep in the 50km mass start cross-country race brought loud cheers in the mountains.

Feb 23, 2014

Russia tops Sochi medals table, doping cases dim golden glow

SOCHI, Reuters (Reuters) – The Winter Olympics will end on Sunday with Russia on top of the medals table in a surprise sporting success for the host nation, but news that a fifth Sochi athlete tested positive for a banned substance dimmed the golden glow.

With two of 98 medals yet to be decided ahead of the evening closing ceremony on the Black Sea coast, Russia has 12 gold medals after a podium sweep in the 50km mass start cross-country race brought loud cheers in the mountains.

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.

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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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