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Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Torvill & Dean celebrate ‘Bolero Day’

SOCHI, Russia/SARAJEVO, Feb 14 (Reuters) – It was a Valentine’s Day performance that began with an ex-policeman and a former insurance clerk kneeling on the ice for 18 seconds as they slowly swayed to the strains of Ravel’s Bolero with their arms outstretched.

That start, the two bodies flung across the ice in the dramatic finale and the captivating storytelling that went on in between for four minutes and 28 seconds at the Sarajevo Olympics left a worldwide audience awestruck.

Feb 13, 2014

Plushenko exits left as Hanyu soars

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – It was meant to be the night when Yuzuru Hanyu left the world in awe with his dynamic footwork but Yevgeny Plushenko rendered everyone speechless by abruptly pulling out of the Sochi Olympics at the eleventh hour.

In a men’s competition full of high drama, American Jeremy Abbott’s heroic effort to get back on his feet after he slammed into the barriers also created a buzz but it was nothing compared to the stir created by Plushenko’s exit.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Roundup-Plushenko exits left as Hanyu soars

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – It was meant to be the night when Yuzuru Hanyu left the world in awe with his dynamic footwork but Yevgeny Plushenko rendered everyone speechless by abruptly pulling out of the Sochi Olympics at the eleventh hour.

In a men’s competition full of high drama, American Jeremy Abbott’s heroic effort to get back on his feet after he slammed into the barriers also created a buzz but it was nothing compared to the stir created by Plushenko’s exit.

Feb 13, 2014

Showman Plushenko refuses to go quietly

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Once a showman, always a showman and Yevgeny Plushenko managed to steal the spotlight at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Thursday – by doing absolutely nothing.

The Russian’s two-decade long career came to a sudden and sorry end on day seven of the Games when he pulled out of the men’s figure skating competition at the very last second.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Showman Plushenko refuses to go quietly

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Once a showman, always a showman and Yevgeny Plushenko managed to steal the spotlight at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Thursday – by doing absolutely nothing.

The Russian’s two-decade long career came to a sudden and sorry end on day seven of the Games when he pulled out of the men’s figure skating competition at the very last second.

Feb 13, 2014

Plushenko pulls out of men’s figure skating event

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia’s Yevgeny Plushenko pulled out of the men’s individual figure skating event at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, just seconds before he had been due to start his short program.

Plushenko was seen clutching the base of his spine throughout his warm-up and when they announced his name as the next performer, he skated up to the judges.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Plushenko pulls out of men’s figure skating event

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Russia’s Yevgeny Plushenko pulled out of the men’s individual figure skating event at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, just seconds before he had been due to start his short programme.

Plushenko was seen clutching the base of his spine throughout his warm-up and when they announced his name as the next performer, he skated up to the judges.

Feb 13, 2014

Hamelin and Ahn stay on course for 1,000 meter showdown

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Canada’s Charles Hamelin kept his wits about him to stay on track for another Sochi Olympics showdown with Russian favorite Viktor Ahn by reaching the quarter-finals of the 1,000 meters on Thursday.

Hamelin eclipsed South Korean-born Ahn to win the 1,500m gold earlier in the week, but Canada’s chances of repeating their 5,000m relay success in Vancouver look all but over after they finished last in their semi-final.

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.