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Feb 5, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Virtue & Moir ready to gamble

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir belong to an exclusive Olympic club, having won gold on home ice in Vancouver in 2010, but it has not stopped the Canadians rolling the dice again at this month’s Sochi Games.

Only one pair has previously captured two Olympic ice dance titles – Russians Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov in 1994 and 1998 – and it was a feat beyond British greats Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Feb 5, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Zoueva ready to gatecrash Russian party

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 5 (Reuters) – When Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir struck gold at the Vancouver Olympics, their Russian coach Marina Zoueva was spotted gleefully slipping into a Maple Leaf team jacket as she hailed the success of her Canadian pupils.

Four years later, Zoueva returns to her homeland ready to spoil the Russian party at the Sochi Games.

Feb 1, 2014

Tennis-France and Switzerland celebrate 3-0 leads, Serbia dumped

Feb 1 (Reuters) – Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s unexpected partnership in the doubles allowed France to gain an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Australia on Saturday and join Switzerland and Germany in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.

France captain Arnaud Clement sprung a surprise when he picked Gasquet and Tsonga ahead of doubles specialist Julien Benneteau for the third rubber but the gamble paid off as the French duo beat Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione 5-7 7-6(4) 6-2 7-5.

Feb 1, 2014

France and Switzerland celebrate 3-0 leads, Serbia dumped

By Pritha Sarkar

(Reuters) – Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s unexpected partnership in the doubles allowed France to gain an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Australia on Saturday and join Switzerland and Germany in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.

France captain Arnaud Clement sprung a surprise when he picked Gasquet and Tsonga ahead of doubles specialist Julien Benneteau for the third rubber but the gamble paid off as the French duo beat Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione 5-7 7-6(4) 6-2 7-5.

Feb 1, 2014

Fernandez chases blades of glory

By Pritha Sarkar

(Reuters) – Should Javier Fernandez discover that his cherished skating boots have gone AWOL when he arrives in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, don’t expect him to lose his temper.

In fact, if anything, he will be thanking his lucky stars.

Days before the 22-year-old became the first Spaniard to win a major figure skating title by striking gold at the 2013 European championships, his skates got lost in transit.

Feb 1, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Fernandez chases blades of glory

Feb 1 (Reuters) – Should Javier Fernandez discover that his cherished skating boots have gone AWOL when he arrives in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, don’t expect him to lose his temper.

In fact, if anything, he will be thanking his lucky stars.

Days before the 22-year-old became the first Spaniard to win a major figure skating title by striking gold at the 2013 European championships, his skates got lost in transit.

Jan 31, 2014

Davis and White ready to excel

By Pritha Sarkar

(Reuters) – Just watching Meryl Davis and Charlie White whiz around the rink weaving in and out of their spellbinding lifts and intricate choreography can leave awe-struck spectators feeling rather breathless.

Such is the American couple’s breakneck speed on ice, they could have easily swapped their dainty ice dancing boots for the longer 46 cm blades and chanced their luck for a medal in short track skating, which like figure skating will be staged at the Iceberg Palace during next month’s Sochi Olympics.

Jan 27, 2014

Plushenko eager to upstage Chan, silence critics

By Pritha Sarkar

(Reuters) – No stranger to whipping up a storm, Yevgeny Plushenko will be out to prove that his ageing, aching and patched-up body can still jump as high, spin as rapidly and move as artistically as his more supple and younger rivals at the Sochi Games.

Canada’s three-times world champion Patrick Chan, dynamic Japanese duo Yuzuru Hanyu and Daisuke Takahashi and double European champion Javier Fernandez will be eager to upstage Plushenko in front of his home fans but that has not stopped the Russian showman from living up to his “spoilt diva” tag.

Jan 27, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Plushenko eager to upstage Chan, silence critics

Jan 27 (Reuters) – No stranger to whipping up a storm, Yevgeny Plushenko will be out to prove that his ageing, aching and patched-up body can still jump as high, spin as rapidly and move as artistically as his more supple and younger rivals at the Sochi Games.

Canada’s three-times world champion Patrick Chan, dynamic Japanese duo Yuzuru Hanyu and Daisuke Takahashi and double European champion Javier Fernandez will be eager to upstage Plushenko in front of his home fans but that has not stopped the Russian showman from living up to his “spoilt diva” tag.

Jan 22, 2014

Chan peaking towards the 300-mark barrier

By Pritha Sarkar

(Reuters) – When a five-year-old Patrick Chan took his first wobbly steps on a skating rink, he piled on the warm layers on his skinny frame to escape the chill. Little did he know that over the next 18 years he would have to develop a thick skin – literally.

As the winner of three successive world titles, Chan would have expected to be showered with plaudits and hailed as the man who could finally end Canada’s century-long wait for a men’s Olympic champion at the Sochi Games.