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Feb 18, 2014

Vaultier edges Olyunin to take cross gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – France’s Pierre Vaultier won a thrilling final duel with Russian Nikolay Olyunin to clinch the men’s snowboard cross gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Racing through heavy rain as well as the fog that had caused the postponement of the event on Monday, the Frenchman edged ahead of his Russian rival over the last two jumps to take the title.

Feb 18, 2014

Snowboarding: Vaultier edges Olyunin to take cross gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – France’s Pierre Vaultier won a thrilling final duel with Russian Nikolay Olyunin to clinch the men’s snowboard cross gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Racing through heavy rain as well as the fog that had caused the postponement of the event on Monday, the Frenchman edged ahead of his Russian rival over the last two jumps to take the title.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Vaultier edges Olyunin to take cross gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – France’s Pierre Vaultier won a thrilling final duel with Russian Nikolay Olyunin to clinch the men’s snowboard cross gold medal at the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday.

Racing through heavy rain as well as the fog that had caused the postponement of the event on Monday, the Frenchman edged ahead of his Russian rival over the last two jumps to take the title.

Feb 17, 2014

Stunning Kushnir wins aerials for Belarus

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Anton Kushnir of Belarus produced a stunning final jump to run away with the freestyle skiing aerials gold medal by an astonishing 24.09 points at the Sochi Olympics on Monday.

The 29-year-old soared into the night sky at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, twisting and somersaulting to nail a back-double-full-full-double-full routine with the second jump of the super-final.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-Stunning Kushnir wins aerials for Belarus

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Anton Kushnir of Belarus produced a stunning final jump to run away with the freestyle skiing aerials gold medal by an astonishing 24.09 points at the Sochi Olympics on Monday.

The 29-year-old soared into the night sky at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, twisting and somersaulting to nail a back-double-full-full-double-full routine with the second jump of the super-final.

Feb 16, 2014

Bright puts it all on the line for Sochi feat

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Smiling snowboarder Torah Bright will be going home from the Sochi Olympics not only with a silver medal but also the satisfaction of having proved a lot of people wrong.

The Australian finished 18th in the snowboard cross at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Sunday, having achieved the unprecedented feat of competing in all three Olympic snowboard events.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Bright puts it all on the line for Sochi feat

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Smiling snowboarder Torah Bright will be going home from the Sochi Olympics not only with a silver medal but also the satisfaction of having proved a lot of people wrong.

The Australian finished 18th in the snowboard cross at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Sunday, having achieved the unprecedented feat of competing in all three Olympic snowboard events.

Feb 16, 2014

More injuries on Extreme Park cross course

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Two of the first six riders in Sunday’s opening snowboard cross seeding run were taken away on stretchers after falling heavily, causing concern a day after Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova was seriously injured on the same course.

Komissarova underwent more than six hours of spinal surgery at Krasnaya Polyana Hospital Number 8 on Saturday after breaking her back in a crash during training for the women’s ski cross at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Feb 16, 2014

Dominant Czech Samkova wins cross gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Czech Eva Samkova’s searing pace helped her avoid the rough and tumble of the pack and dominate the snowboarding cross final on Sunday to win the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.

The 20-year-old, sporting a fake moustache drawn on her top lip for good luck, had the top time in the morning seedings runs and simply dominated her quarter and semi-finals over the jumps and rollers of the Extreme Park course.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Dominant Czech Samkova wins cross gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Czech Eva Samkova’s searing pace helped her avoid the rough and tumble of the pack and dominate the snowboarding cross final on Sunday to win the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.

The 20-year-old, sporting a fake moustache drawn on her top lip for good luck, had the top time in the morning seedings runs and simply dominated her quarter and semi-finals over the jumps and rollers of the Extreme Park course.

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