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Feb 7, 2014

Lapointe sister act set to soar in Sochi

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – While there is no shortage of sibling rivalry at the Sochi Olympics, Canada’s three Dufour-Lapointe sisters are standing out from the family pack because they could well take more than one medal back to Montreal with them.

Trailblazer Maxime, 24, Chloe, 22, and Justine, 19, have all qualified for Saturday’s moguls final and the younger two are strong contenders for the podium in the oldest of the Olympic freestyle skiing events.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-Dufour-Lapointe sister act set to soar in Sochi

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – While there is no shortage of sibling rivalry at the Sochi Olympics, Canada’s three Dufour-Lapointe sisters are standing out from the family pack because they could well take more than one medal back to Montreal with them.

Trailblazer Maxime, 24, Chloe, 22, and Justine, 19, have all qualified for Saturday’s moguls final and the younger two are strong contenders for the podium in the oldest of the Olympic freestyle skiing events.

Feb 7, 2014

Champions out to bump and jump to double gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – No freestyle skier has ever won two Olympic gold medals since the bump-and-jump sport made its Winter Games debut in 1992 but American Hannah Kearney could change all that on Saturday.

Kearney has dominated the women’s moguls since winning gold in Vancouver four years ago and underlined her status as firm favorite to defend her title by finishing first in Thursday’s first qualifying heat.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-Champions out to bump and jump to double gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – No freestyle skier has ever won two Olympic gold medals since the bump-and-jump sport made its Winter Games debut in 1992 but American Hannah Kearney could change all that on Saturday.

Kearney has dominated the women’s moguls since winning gold in Vancouver four years ago and underlined her status as firm favourite to defend her title by finishing first in Thursday’s first qualifying heat.

Feb 7, 2014

I’m Alexei, call me, says Russia’s Sobolev

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Russian snowboarder Alexei Sobolev struck on a novel way of making the most of his time in the limelight at the Sochi Games and perhaps even finding a new girlfriend – he had his phone number printed on his helmet.

The 22-year-old caused something of a stir on Thursday when the design of his board was perceived by some as a possible anti-government protest, but the phone number on the back of his helmet caught the eye of others.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-I’m Alexei, call me, says Russia’s Sobolev

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Russian snowboarder Alexei Sobolev struck on a novel way of making the most of his time in the limelight at the Sochi Games and perhaps even finding a new girlfriend – he had his phone number printed on his helmet.

The 22-year-old caused something of a stir on Thursday when the design of his board was perceived by some as a possible anti-government protest, but the phone number on the back of his helmet caught the eye of others.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Flak for White but safety no problem

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Shaun White was not forgotten as slopestyle snowboarding got the Sochi Olympics underway on Thursday but while there was disappointment at his absence there were no echoes of the safety concerns that prompted the American’s withdrawal.

White, the biggest name in the extreme sport, pulled out of the slopestyle on Wednesday concerned that an “intimidating” course on which he jammed his hand in practice might jeopardise his halfpipe title defence.

Feb 6, 2014

Pull out of slopestyle? No way!, says Bright

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Torah Bright took the first step in her unprecedented quest to compete in all three Olympic snowboarding events on Thursday and laughed off suggestions she might cut down on her commitments to improve her medal chances.

The 27-year-old Australian was all beaming smiles and giggles after nailing a brilliant first run in the slopestyle heats to secure her place in the final of the newest event in the Olympic schedule.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Pull out of slopestyle? No way!, says Bright

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Torah Bright took the first step in her unprecedented quest to compete in all three Olympic snowboarding events on Thursday and laughed off suggestions she might cut down on her commitments to improve her medal chances.

The 27-year-old Australian was all beaming smiles and giggles after nailing a brilliant first run in the slopestyle heats to secure her place in the final of the newest event in the Olympic schedule.

Feb 6, 2014

Flak for White but slopestyle safety no problem

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Shaun White was not forgotten as slopestyle snowboarding got the Sochi Olympics underway on Thursday but while there was disappointment at his absence, there were no echoes of the safety concerns that prompted his withdrawal.

White, the biggest name in the extreme sport, pulled out of the slopestyle on Wednesday to concentrate on his halfpipe title defense, citing safety concerns after jamming his hand in practice on the “intimidating” course earlier in the week.

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