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Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Lipinski knows it’s tough to win at 15

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Julia Lipnitskaya has already shown the world what her pint-sized, 15-year-old frame is capable of doing. The figure skater has already proved that she can keep her cool when everyone else is losing theirs.

But the question on everyone’s lips is can the Russian do it again at the Sochi Games?

Feb 17, 2014

Figure skating: Gold targets 24 carat prize in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – With her shiny blonde hair pulled into a bun and a name that oozes Hollywood royalty, Gracie Gold already bears all the hallmarks of a champion.

All she needs now is a glittering Olympic medal to complete the 24 carat package.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Gold targets 24 carat prize in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – With her shiny blonde hair pulled into a bun and a name that oozes Hollywood royalty, Gracie Gold already bears all the hallmarks of a champion.

All she needs now is a glittering Olympic medal to complete the 24 carat package.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Roundup-Davis-White on track for U.S. history

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Meryl Davis and Charlie White again raised the bar as Sunday’s spectacular display to a medley of songs from ‘My Fair Lady’ put them in sight of becoming the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance title.

The pair have made a habit of breaking their own world record scores each time they skate and so it proved once more as they beat Canadian training partners and Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in the short dance with 78.89 points.

Feb 16, 2014

Figure skating: Davis-White on track for U.S. history

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Meryl Davis and Charlie White again raised the bar as Sunday’s spectacular display to a medley of songs from ‘My Fair Lady’ put them in sight of becoming the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance title.

The pair have made a habit of breaking their own world record scores each time they skate and so it proved once more as they beat Canadian training partners and Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir with 78.89 points.

Feb 15, 2014

Two silvers is as good as gold for Chan

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – He has already endured one sleepless night thinking about the “split second moments that could have changed everything” and now Patrick Chan fears he may be haunted for years by his failure to win gold at the Sochi Olympics.

The 23-year-old figure skater had been the overwhelming favorite to end Canada’s endless search for a male Olympic champion but instead he joined an ever-growing queue of compatriots who ended up with silver – a medal that represents being the ‘best of all the losers’.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Two silvers is as good as gold for Chan

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – He has already endured one sleepless night thinking about the “split second moments that could have changed everything” and now Patrick Chan fears he may be haunted for years by his failure to win gold at the Sochi Olympics.

The 23-year-old figure skater had been the overwhelming favourite to end Canada’s endless search for a male Olympic champion but instead he joined an ever-growing queue of compatriots who ended up with silver – a medal that represents being the ‘best of all the losers’.

Feb 15, 2014

Short track: ‘Baa Baa’ Zhou lets her blades do the talking

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Four years after creating a stir back home for thanking her parents rather than the Chinese government for her gold medal in Vancouver, Zhou Yang let her golden blades do the talking at the Sochi Games on Saturday.

The 22-year-old survived a false start in the short track final and avoided a three-skater pile-up in mid-race to retain her 1,500 meters title.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Short track-”Baa Baa” Zhou lets her blades do the talking

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Four years after creating a stir back home for thanking her parents rather than the Chinese government for her gold medal in Vancouver, Zhou Yang let her golden blades do the talking at the Sochi Games on Saturday.

The 22-year-old survived a false start in the short track final and avoided a three-skater pile-up in mid-race to retain her 1,500 metres title.

Feb 15, 2014

Newsmaker – Hanyu shows he’s the ultimate survivor

SOCHI, Russia/TOKYO (Reuters) – A journey that almost ended three years ago when Yuzuru Hanyu watched in horror as the ice cracked beneath his blades and the ground shook violently, culminated in glorious triumph 8,000 kilometres away at the Sochi Olympics on Friday.

That magnitude 9.0 earthquake near Hanyu’s home city of Sendai in March 2011 not only destroyed his training arena but also set off a massive tsunami and nuclear disaster that ultimately claimed nearly 20,000 lives in Japan.