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Feb 16, 2014

Ter Mors wins gold, but not the one she wanted

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors thought her world had ended when she finished outside the medals in the short track 1,500m on Saturday.

What a difference a day makes.

The 24-year-old, the first woman to compete in both long and short track speed skating at the Olympics, stunned her rivals by winning the long track 1,500m at the Adler Arena on Sunday.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Ter Mors wins gold, but not the one she wanted

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors thought her world had ended when she finished outside the medals in the short track 1,500m on Saturday.

What a difference a day makes.

The 24-year-old, the first woman to compete in both long and short track speed skating at the Olympics, stunned her rivals by winning the long track 1,500m at the Adler Arena on Sunday.

Feb 16, 2014

Speed skating:Ter Mors leads another Dutch sweep in 1,500m

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Short track specialist Jorien ter Mors was left in tears of joy after making a mockery of her lack of long track experience to win the Olympic women’s 1,500 meters speed skating title on Sunday, as the Dutch claimed another medal sweep.

A day after finishing fourth in the 1,500m short track final, Ter Mors, the first women to compete in both skating disciplines, clocked an Olympic record one minute, 53.51 seconds on the Adler Arena ice, a time which few of the pre-race favorites threatened.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Ter Mors leads another Dutch sweep

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Jorien ter Mors of Netherlands won the women’s 1,500 metres speed skating title in an Olympic record time on Sunday as the Dutch once again swept the medals at the Adler Arena.

Ter Mors clocked one minute, 53.51 seconds in the ninth heat of 18 to leave the pre-race favourites an imposing time that few threatened to match.

Feb 16, 2014

Speed skating: U.S. ‘lucky’ to be able to switch suits

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The United States speed skating team were lucky enough of their athletes brought back-up suits to Sochi so they could ditch their much-maligned Under Armour outfits, coach Michael Kooreman told reporters on Sunday.

The U.S. opted to do away with their ‘Mach 39′ suits after failing to win a medal in the first six skating events at the Adler Arena.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-U.S. “lucky” to be able to switch suits

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The United States speed skating team were lucky enough of their athletes brought back-up suits to Sochi so they could ditch their much-maligned Under Armour outfits, coach Michael Kooreman told reporters on Sunday.

The U.S. opted to do away with their ‘Mach 39′ suits after failing to win a medal in the first six skating events at the Adler Arena.

Feb 15, 2014

U.S. suit switch fails to land first medal

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The U.S. speed skating team were given permission to ditch their high-tech Under Armour outfits by the IOC on Saturday, but the switch failed to change their fortunes as they finished well outside the medals in the men’s 1,500 meters at the Sochi Games.

The International Olympic Committee approved the switch back to skinsuits, made by the same American company and worn before the Winter Olympics, for the remaining six races in Sochi less than an hour before Saturday’s medal event.

Feb 15, 2014

Brodka tells Poles to get skates on after first gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Part-time fireman Zbigniew Brodka demanded an end to the arduous journeys he and other Poles make across Europe looking for speed skating facilities to train on after winning his country’s first Olympic gold in the sport.

The 29-year-old won the men’s 1,500 meters by three thousandths of a second on Saturday to relegate Koen Verweij of Netherlands into the silver medal position and end the Dutch men’s impressive run of three straight golds in Sochi.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Brodka tells Poles to get skates on after first gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Part-time fireman Zbigniew Brodka demanded an end to the arduous journeys he and other Poles make across Europe looking for speed skating facilities to train on after winning his country’s first Olympic gold in the sport.

The 29-year-old won the men’s 1,500 metres by three thousandths of a second on Saturday to relegate Koen Verweij of Netherlands into the silver medal position and end the Dutch men’s impressive run of three straight golds in Sochi.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Fireman Brodka douses Dutch hot streak

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Poland’s Zbigniew Brodka denied the Dutch another Olympic speed skating gold medal by winning the men’s 1,500 metres by just three thousands of a second on Saturday, while a change of suit failed to reverse America’s slide on the Adler Arena ice.

Part-time fireman Brodka clocked one minute, 45 seconds in the 17th of 20 heats but then was left with his heart in his mouth as Dutch skater Koen Verweij crossed the finish line in the same time in the final pairing.