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Jan 29, 2014

Speed skating: Big names eye significant golds

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – American Shani Davis is aiming for a three-peat in Sochi, Dutchman Sven Kramer craves retribution while German great Claudia Pechstein must dethrone Czech Martina Sablikova to enhance her Olympic legacy at her sixth Games.

The quartet form a few of the intriguing plot lines for the highly-anticipated Olympic speed skating competition which gets underway at the Adler Arena in the Black Sea Resort on February 8.

Jan 29, 2014

Big names eye significant golds

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – American Shani Davis is aiming for a three-peat in Sochi, Dutchman Sven Kramer craves retribution while German great Claudia Pechstein must dethrone Czech Martina Sablikova to enhance her Olympic legacy at her sixth Games.

The quartet form a few of the intriguing plot lines for the highly-anticipated Olympic speed skating competition which gets underway at the Adler Arena in the Black Sea Resort on February 8.

Jan 29, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Big names eye significant golds

Jan 29 (Reuters) – American Shani Davis is aiming for a three-peat in Sochi, Dutchman Sven Kramer craves retribution while German great Claudia Pechstein must dethrone Czech Martina Sablikova to enhance her Olympic legacy at her sixth Games.

The quartet form a few of the intriguing plot lines for the highly-anticipated Olympic speed skating competition which gets underway at the Adler Arena in the Black Sea Resort on Feb. 8.

Jan 27, 2014

New goals needed for Bouchard after Australian efforts

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The first month of the year is not yet over but Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard is already looking for new goals for 2014 after breaking a ranking milestone on Monday.

The 19-year-old rose from 31st to a career-high 19th thanks to her surprise run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open last week.

Jan 27, 2014

Tennis-New goals needed for Bouchard after Australian efforts

SINGAPORE, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The first month of the year is not yet over but Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard is already looking for new goals for 2014 after breaking a ranking milestone on Monday.

The 19-year-old rose from 31st to a career-high 19th thanks to her surprise run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open last week.

Jan 27, 2014

More slams and Hall of Fame await Li Na, says Evert

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Li Na is destined for more grand slams and a place in the Hall of Fame after the Australian Open win cemented her position as the most influential female player of the last decade, said former great Chris Evert.

Li’s final victory over Slovak Dominika Cibulkova on Saturday gave her a second major following her 2011 French Open title, a triumph that made her Asia’s first singles grand slam champion.

Jan 27, 2014

Tennis-More slams and Hall of Fame await Li Na, says Evert

SINGAPORE, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Li Na is destined for more grand slams and a place in the Hall of Fame after the Australian Open win cemented her position as the most influential female player of the last decade, said former great Chris Evert.

Li’s final victory over Slovak Dominika Cibulkova on Saturday gave her a second major following her 2011 French Open title, a triumph that made her Asia’s first singles grand slam champion.

Jan 20, 2014

Free-spirit Davis eyes more glory

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Shani Davis’ mother wanted her young son to pursue roller dance, while guards at the Chicago ice rink he frequented just wished he would slow down. A myriad of medals in a glorious decade of elite speed skating prove emphatically the American was right to do neither.

The 31-year-old Davis, the first black athlete to win an individual Winter Olympic gold, heads to Sochi in February with more records in his sights as if to hammer home the point.

Jan 20, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Free-spirit Davis eyes more glory

Jan 20 (Reuters) – Shani Davis’ mother wanted her young son to pursue roller dance, while guards at the Chicago ice rink he frequented just wished he would slow down. A myriad of medals in a glorious decade of elite speed skating prove emphatically the American was right to do neither.

The 31-year-old Davis, the first black athlete to win an individual Winter Olympic gold, heads to Sochi in February with more records in his sights as if to hammer home the point.

Jan 13, 2014

American Davis eyeing 2018 not retirement

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Reigning 1,000 metre Olympic speed skating champion Shani Davis has dismissed reports he is set to retire after next month’s Sochi Games and hinted at competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.

The 31-year-old American, the first black athlete to win an individual Winter Olympics gold medal, will try to claim his third straight 1,000m title in Russia and said his love of competition suggested he had more years left in the sport.