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Feb 24, 2014

Speed skating: Dutch delight as U.S. left in a flap

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The United States arrived in Sochi as the leading speed skating nation but departed in embarrassing, fractious fashion with no medals and their acclaimed suits dumped as the Netherlands totally dominated the Adler Arena.

The 20 Dutch skaters picked up 23 of the 36 medals available, finishing on a high with both team pursuit titles. The won eight of the 12 available golds and completed four medal sweeps in the 10 individual events.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Dutch delight as U.S. left in a flap

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The United States arrived in Sochi as the leading speed skating nation but departed in embarrassing, fractious fashion with no medals and their acclaimed suits dumped as the Netherlands totally dominated the Adler Arena.

The 20 Dutch skaters picked up 23 of the 36 medals available, finishing on a high with both team pursuit titles. The won eight of the 12 available golds and completed four medal sweeps in the 10 individual events.

Feb 22, 2014

Bergsma absence clouds Dutch record

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Having dominated the Olympic speed skating competition with a record medal haul, the Dutch should be heading home with golden cheer. Instead they have a row to resolve.

With four men’s medalists vying for three positions in the team pursuit there was always going to be tears, and one unhappy 10,000m champion skater was not willing to be a backup.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Bergsma absence clouds Dutch record

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Having dominated the Olympic speed skating competition with a record medal haul, the Dutch should be heading home with golden cheer. Instead they have a row to resolve.

With four men’s medallists vying for three positions in the team pursuit there was always going to be tears, and one unhappy 10,000m champion skater was not willing to be a backup.

Feb 22, 2014

Speed skating: Double Dutch in team pursuits

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The flying Dutch men and women wrapped up the Sochi speed skating competition by cruising to both Olympic team pursuit titles on Saturday.

The two golds, both won in Olympic record times, took the Dutch tally to eight out of a possible 12 at the Adler Arena, which included four medal sweeps in the 10 individual events.

Feb 22, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Double Dutch in team pursuits

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 22 (Reuters) – The flying Dutch men and women wrapped up the Sochi speed skating competition by cruising to both Olympic team pursuit titles on Saturday.

The two golds, both won in Olympic record times, took the Dutch tally to eight out of a possible 12 at the Adler Arena, which included four medal sweeps in the 10 individual events.

Feb 21, 2014

U.S. clock first medal in final race

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The United States skaters left it late, but after 12 long track lapses and six short track slip-ups they finally scored a first medal of the Sochi Games on Friday.

The men’s 5,000 meter relay quartet of Eduardo Alvarez, J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone avoided an early pile-up to finish second behind Russia and collect a long-awaited silver in the final Sochi skate.

Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Short track–U.S. clock first medal in final race

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The United States skaters left it late, but after 12 long track lapses and six short track slip-ups they finally scored a first medal of the Sochi Games on Friday.

The men’s 5,000 metre relay quartet of Eduardo Alvarez, J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone avoided an early pile-up to finish second behind Russia and collect a long-awaited silver in the final Sochi skate.

Feb 21, 2014

Briton Christie completes unwanted DQ hat-trick

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A week of tears and trolls ended in more disappointment for British short track skater Elise Christie as she completed a hat-trick of disqualifications by collecting a penalty in the women’s 1,000 meters semi-finals on Friday.

The 23-year-old crashed after being knocked by China’s Li Jianrou on the final bend of the second semi at the Iceberg Skating Palace as South Korean Shim Suk-hee and Fan Kexin of China advanced to the final.

Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Short track–Briton Christie completes unwanted DQ hat-trick

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – A week of tears and trolls ended in more disappointment for British short track skater Elise Christie as she completed a hat-trick of disqualifications by collecting a penalty in the women’s 1,000 metres semi-finals on Friday.

The 23-year-old crashed after being knocked by China’s Li Jianrou on the final bend of the second semi at the Iceberg Skating Palace as South Korean Shim Suk-hee and Fan Kexin of China advanced to the final.