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Feb 10, 2014

The ‘roaring game’ adds to Sochi buzz as curlers hit ice

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The ‘roaring game’ was finally heard on Monday when the curlers hit the ice at the Sochi Olympics, bringing their own, unique brand of excitement to the Winter Games.

While the downhillers and slopestylers have left spectators breathless with their daredevil antics high up in the Caucasus mountains, the curlers produce a different type of buzz as they sweep their way toward the two gold medals on offer on the edge of the Black Sea.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-The ‘roaring game’ adds to Sochi buzz as curlers hit ice

SOCHI, Russia Feb 10 (Reuters) – The ‘roaring game’ was finally heard on Monday when the curlers hit the ice at the Sochi Olympics, bringing their own, unique brand of excitement to the Winter Games.

While the downhillers and slopestylers have left spectators breathless with their daredevil antics high up in the Caucasus mountains, the curlers produce a different type of buzz as they sweep their way toward the two gold medals on offer on the edge of the Black Sea.

Feb 9, 2014

Pashkevich trades American football for Olympic dream

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – For Russian women’s ice hockey trailblazer Yekaterina Pashkevich, the Sochi Olympics have become her Super Bowl.

An eclectic athletic career that began playing ice hockey with the boys in Moscow, before a switch to field hockey followed by nine seasons competing on the American gridiron as running back in the United States Independent Women’s Football League, Pashkevich has come full circle.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Pashkevich trades American football for Olympic dream

SOCHI, Russia Feb 9 (Reuters) – For Russian women’s ice hockey trailblazer Yekaterina Pashkevich, the Sochi Olympics have become her Super Bowl.

An eclectic athletic career that began playing ice hockey with the boys in Moscow, before a switch to field hockey followed by nine seasons competing on the American gridiron as running back in the United States Independent Women’s Football League, Pashkevich has come full circle.

Feb 9, 2014

Curlers ready to rock and roll in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Canadian gold medal favorites have their game-faces on and the wacky Norwegians will be wearing their outrageous pants as curling joins the Sochi Olympic action on Monday.

Curling joined the official program in 1998 and has grown from fringe sport to Olympic mainstay and one of the Games more intriguing and popular events.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Curlers ready to rock and roll in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – The Canadian gold medal favourites have their game-faces on and the wacky Norwegians will be wearing their outrageous pants as curling joins the Sochi Olympic action on Monday.

Curling joined the official programme in 1998 and has grown from fringe sport to Olympic mainstay and one of the Games more intriguing and popular events.

Feb 8, 2014

Last cut in 2010 scores opener as Canada down Swiss

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – One of the last players cut before the Vancouver Games four years ago, Jocelyne Larocque was the first to score as Canada thrashed Switzerland 5-0 in their Sochi Olympic women’s ice hockey opener on Saturday.

Playing her first Olympic game, Larocque needed just 85 seconds to wipe away four years of disappointment, blasting a slapshot from the point past Swiss netminder Florence Schelling to get Canada’s gold medal defence off to a flying start.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Last cut in 2010 scores opener as Canada down Swiss

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – One of the last players cut before the Vancouver Games four years ago, Jocelyne Larocque was the first to score as Canada thrashed Switzerland 5-0 in their Sochi Olympic women’s ice hockey opener on Saturday.

Playing her first Olympic game, Larocque needed just 85 seconds to wipe away four years of disappointment, blasting a slapshot from the point past Swiss netminder Florence Schelling to get Canada’s gold medal defence off to a flying start.

Feb 8, 2014

U.S. open with clinical 3-1 win over Finland

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The United States eased past Finland 3-1 on Saturday as the women’s ice hockey competition at the Sochi Olympics got off to a familiar start with a one-sided victory.

The U.S. and Canada have won every gold medal since women’s ice hockey joined the Winter Games programme in 1998 and the Americans signalled that they are once again ready to challenge for top spot with a clinical victory.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-U.S. open with clinical 3-1 win over Finland

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – The United States eased past Finland 3-1 on Saturday as the women’s ice hockey competition at the Sochi Olympics got off to a familiar start with a one-sided victory.

The U.S. and Canada have won every gold medal since women’s ice hockey joined the Winter Games programme in 1998 and the Americans signalled that they are once again ready to challenge for top spot with a clinical victory.