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Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Curling-’Stone of Destiny’ leads Howie to Sochi

SOCHI, Russia Feb 7 (Reuters) – British curler Rhona Martin lived the Olympic dream at the Salt Lake City Games before returning home to a gold medal hero’s welcome.

The Scottish skip, who launched the “Stone of Destiny” that secured the gold medal in 2002, was back on the Winter Games stage on Friday, not as Rhona Martin but as Rhona Howie — coach, mentor and mother figure.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-Canada takes on racy Russia and wacky Norway for gold

SOCHI, Russia Feb 6 (Reuters) – Russian lingerie model Anna Sidorova is set to turn heads and Thomas Ulsrud’s Norwegian team is also sure to grab a few second looks for their quirky fashion when the Sochi Olympics curling gets underway on Monday.

But the only way Canadian gold medal favorites Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones plan to dazzle fans is with their curling.

Feb 6, 2014

Cocky Canucks target top spot on the medal table

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Canada’s Olympians are trading their world famous politeness for some cocksure trash-talking in Sochi, targeting top spot in the medals and calling out American snowboarding star Shaun White for withdrawing from an event over safety fears.

While head of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Marcel Aubut laid out Canada’s ambitious plans on the eve of the Winter Games opening ceremony, the country’s slopestylers were raising the heat in the mountains, mocking double-Olympic champion White for his decision to skip the snowboard slopestyle.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-Cocky Canucks target top spot on the medal table

SOCHI, Russia Feb 6 (Reuters) – Canada’s Olympians are trading their world famous politeness for some cocksure trash-talking in Sochi, targeting top spot in the medals and calling out American snowboarding star Shaun White for withdrawing from an event over safety fears.

While head of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) Marcel Aubut laid out Canada’s ambitious plans on the eve of the Winter Games opening ceremony, the country’s slopestylers were raising the heat in the mountains, mocking double-Olympic champion White for his decision to skip the snowboard slopestyle.

Feb 5, 2014

Hall of Famer, MVP and Vettel have Finns thinking gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A Hall of Famer, an all-world netminder and Sebastian Vettel’s trainer have the Finnish women’s ice hockey team believing anything is possible at the Sochi Olympics.

While it would take an upset of David and Goliath proportions for any team other than the Canada and the United States to skate away with gold on February 20, the Finns have arrived in Sochi targeting a medal and have not ruled out their own Miracle on Ice.

Feb 5, 2014

Olympics-Hall of Famer, MVP and Vettel have Finns thinking gold

SOCHI, Russia Feb 5 (Reuters) – A Hall of Famer, an all-world netminder and Sebastian Vettel’s trainer have the Finnish women’s ice hockey team believing anything is possible at the Sochi Olympics.

While it would take an upset of David and Goliath proportions for any team other than the Canada and the United States to skate away with gold on Feb. 20, the Finns have arrived in Sochi targeting a medal and have not ruled out their own Miracle on Ice.

Feb 5, 2014

New ice hockey format but expect same old results

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A format change to the Sochi Winter Games women’s ice hockey tournament may prevent coaches and players from having to apologize for the embarrassing routs that have blighted past Olympics.

But hockey officials could yet be left squirming as they try to justify how a winless team managed to reach the Sochi medal round.

Feb 5, 2014

Olympics-New ice hockey format but expect same old results

SOCHI, Russia Feb 5 (Reuters) – A format change to the Sochi Winter Games women’s ice hockey tournament may prevent coaches and players from having to apologise for the embarrassing routs that have blighted past Olympics.

But hockey officials could yet be left squirming as they try to justify how a winless team managed to reach the Sochi medal round.

Feb 4, 2014

American Parise living the Canadian dream

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Zach Parise is an American hockey star living the Canadian dream.

A hockey loving kid, who grew up learning the game on outdoor rinks and ponds, Parise was driving a Zamboni, cleaning the slick and shiny ice at the local arena before he was old enough to drive a car.

Feb 4, 2014

Clock ticking down on Miller time

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – There have been Winter Olympics in which Bode Miller seemed more focused on claiming a gold medal in partying than reaching the top of the podium.

But the American skier, who can infuriate and inspire in equal measure, heads to the Sochi Games looking to “kick ass” and put the finishing touches to a complicated legacy.