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Feb 12, 2014

Dutchman Groothuis skates from depression to delight

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Dutch speed skater Stefan Groothuis was left grinning from ear-to-ear on Wednesday after a surprise Olympic gold in the 1,000 meters capped his recovery from depression.

“I had a year of depression,” the 32-year-old said after his win at the Adler Arena. “In the summer of 2011 I was pretty depressed and that was really a tough time and my family, especially my wife, had a tough time.”

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Dutchman Groothuis skates from depression to delight

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Dutch speed skater Stefan Groothuis was left grinning from ear-to-ear on Wednesday after a surprise Olympic gold in the 1,000 metres capped his recovery from depression.

“I had a year of depression,” the 32-year-old said after his win at the Adler Arena. “In the summer of 2011 I was pretty depressed and that was really a tough time and my family, especially my wife, had a tough time.”

Feb 12, 2014

Morrison hails team mate’s Olympic gesture

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Canadian Gilmore Junio knew the best chance of ending Dutch domination of the men’s speed skating medals in Sochi was to sit out the 1,000 meters and send in team mate Denny Morrison instead. He made the right call.

Morrison became the first non Dutchman to win a speed skating medal in Sochi when he bagged silver at the Adler Arena on Wednesday.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Morrison hails team mate’s Olympic gesture

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Canadian Gilmore Junio knew the best chance of ending Dutch domination of the men’s speed skating medals in Sochi was to sit out the 1,000 metres and send in team mate Denny Morrison instead. He made the right call.

Morrison became the first non Dutchman to win a speed skating medal in Sochi when he bagged silver at the Adler Arena on Wednesday.

Feb 12, 2014

Speed skating-Dutch delight as Groothuis ends Davis’s run

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Stefan Groothuis was as surprised as anyone after continuing the golden speed skating run of the Dutch by winning the men’s 1,000 meters title on Wednesday as Shani Davis’s bid for a rare Olympic hat-trick fell way short.

Groothuis tripped in his 500m heat on Monday but his strides were perfect in his pet race on Wednesday as he clocked one minute 8.39 seconds for his two-and-a-half laps in the 16th heat of 20 at the Adler Arena.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Dutch delight as Groothuis ends Davis’s run

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Stefan Groothuis was as surprised as anyone after continuing the golden speed skating run of the Dutch by winning the men’s 1,000 metres title on Wednesday as Shani Davis’s bid for a rare Olympic hat-trick fell way short.

Groothuis tripped in his 500m heat on Monday but his strides were perfect in his pet race on Wednesday as he clocked one minute 8.39 seconds for his two-and-a-half laps in the 16th heat of 20 at the Adler Arena.

Feb 11, 2014

Parents’ faith again rewarded by ‘Empress Lee’

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Olympic victories and records keep coming for South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa but her early races against her brother as a child remain the most significant to her.

The 24-year-old Seoul skater, who retained her Olympic 500 meter sprint title on Tuesday, took up skating aged seven with her older brother Sang-jun but their parents could not afford training costs for both.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Parents’ faith again rewarded by ‘Empress Lee’

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The Olympic victories and records keep coming for South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa but her early races against her brother as a child remain the most significant to her.

The 24-year-old Seoul skater, who retained her Olympic 500 metre sprint title on Tuesday, took up skating aged seven with her older brother Sang-jun but their parents could not afford training costs for both.

Feb 11, 2014

Injured Lee takes gold to leave Sochi sobbing

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – South Korean Lee Sang-hwa disappointed an army of Russian fans by retaining the women’s 500 meters speed skating title in a blistering Olympic record time on Tuesday despite suffering from a sore knee.

Lee clocked a combined 74.70 seconds for her two 500 meter races with her second heat of 37.28 seconds also an Olympic record.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Injured Lee takes gold to leave Sochi sobbing

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – South Korean Lee Sang-hwa disappointed an army of Russian fans by retaining the women’s 500 metres speed skating title in a blistering Olympic record time on Tuesday despite suffering from a sore knee.

Lee clocked a combined 74.70 seconds for her two 500 metre races with her second heat of 37.28 seconds also an Olympic record.