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Feb 13, 2014

Figure skating roundup – Volosozhar and Trankov win gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – There were roars and tears as Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov produced a stirring show to become the first figure skaters to capture two gold medals at the same Olympics by winning the pairs title on Wednesday.

Three days after capturing the team event, Volosozhar and Trankov kept up Russia’s gold rush at the Iceberg Skating Palace with a ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ free programme that left the couple in tears and the home crowd in raptures.

Feb 12, 2014

Volosozhar and Trankov win pairs gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – There were roars and tears aplenty as Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov produced a stirring free skate to become the first figure skaters to win two gold medals at the same Olympics by winning the pairs title on Wednesday.

Three days after helping Russia win the team competition, Volosozhar and Trankov’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ performance left the couple in tears and the home crowd in raptures.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Volosozhar and Trankov win pairs gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – There were roars and tears aplenty as Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov produced a stirring free skate to become the first figure skaters to win two gold medals at the same Olympics by winning the pairs title on Wednesday.

Three days after helping Russia win the team competition, Volosozhar and Trankov’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ performance left the couple in tears and the home crowd in raptures.

Feb 12, 2014

Fashion backlash ends “giraffe on ice” flamboyance at Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A “giraffe on ice” is unlikely to strut its stuff in the men’s figure skating at these Winter Olympics and anyone hoping for an over-the-top glitterball of rhinestones, or an orange-trimmed zebra suit, is likely to be disappointed.

Gold medal favourite Patrick Chan has gone for neutral shades, Japanese tyro Yuzuru Hanyu has stuck to classical outfits while Russian showman Yevgeny Plushenko is the man in black.

Feb 12, 2014

Fashion backlash ends “giraffe on ice” flamboyance

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A “giraffe on ice” is unlikely to strut its stuff in the men’s figure skating at these Winter Olympics and anyone hoping for an over-the-top glitterball of rhinestones, or an orange-trimmed zebra suit, is likely to be disappointed.

Gold medal favorite Patrick Chan has gone for neutral shades, Japanese tyro Yuzuru Hanyu has stuck to classical outfits while Russian showman Yevgeny Plushenko is the man in black.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Fashion backlash ends “giraffe on ice” flamboyance

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – A “giraffe on ice” is unlikely to strut its stuff in the men’s figure skating at these Winter Olympics and anyone hoping for an over-the-top glitterball of rhinestones, or an orange-trimmed zebra suit, is likely to be disappointed.

Gold medal favourite Patrick Chan has gone for neutral shades, Japanese tyro Yuzuru Hanyu has stuck to classical outfits while Russian showman Yevgeny Plushenko is the man in black.

Feb 12, 2014

Lipnitskaya’s ‘incredible talent’ thrills Cousins

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Kim Yuna has chosen to avoid the hustle and bustle of the Olympic city. Present or not, the South Korean’s showdown with Julia Lipnitskaya is the talk of Sochi and come February 19, the women’s short program will be the hottest ticket in town.

Lipnitskaya has already shown the world what her pint-sized, 15-year-old frame is capable of by leading the host country to glory in the team competition.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Lipnitskaya’s ‘incredible talent’ thrills Cousins

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Kim Yuna has chosen to avoid the hustle and bustle of the Olympic city. Present or not, the South Korean’s showdown with Julia Lipnitskaya is the talk of Sochi and come Feb. 19, the women’s short programme will be the hottest ticket in town.

Lipnitskaya has already shown the world what her pint-sized, 15-year-old frame is capable of by leading the host country to glory in the team competition.

Feb 11, 2014

Volosozhar and Trankov close on second gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A spellbinding performance full of drama and intrigue put Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov on the verge of becoming the first figure skaters to win two golds at the same Olympics on Tuesday.

In a high-quality pairs contest featuring the winners of seven of the last eight world championships, the Russians easily won their expected showdown with Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy by more than 4-1/2 points with a world record score of 84.17.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Roundup-Volosozhar and Trankov close on second gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – A spellbinding performance full of drama and intrigue put Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov on the verge of becoming the first figure skaters to win two golds at the same Olympics on Tuesday.

In a high-quality pairs contest featuring the winners of seven of the last eight world championships, the Russians easily won their expected showdown with Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy by more than 4-1/2 points with a world record score of 84.17.