Winter Olympics 2014

Anderson gold completes US slopestyle double

The 23 year-old produced a majestic display to record an incredible score of in her second run and overhaul Finland's Enni Rukajarvi, who took silver. Great Britain's Jenny Jones claimed the bronze thanks to a second run score of , which contributed its own page to the history books, as it gave the British their first ever Olympic medal on snow. Anderson appeared some way off gold after her first run despite a respectable score of , Czech Republic's Sarka Pancochova setting a marker with a fine performance that saw her score to lead at the halfway stage. A dramatic…
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Youth Olympic Games athletes off to a flying start

Starting with lugers Alexander Ferlazzo (AUS) and Tucker West (USA), both made it through the men's single runs 1 and 2 putting them through to the second round of heats later on today at the Sanki Sliding Centre. Just after the competition Young Reporter Sonali Prasad caught up with Alex, who was beaming with happiness after his performance on day one. "Half a second faster than any of the runs in my training, so that's all I can ask for," the luger smiled. This young Australian had seen very little snow before he took up luge. "Oh, I really don't…
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Multi-talented Mourão blazes biathlon trail for Brazil

The 38-year old will, once again be competing in the cross-country skiing events, as she did at Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010. However, having added marksmanship to her sporting repertoire, she will also become the first ever Brazilian athlete to compete in the biathlon. And as if that were not impressive enough, Mourão has also represented Brazil as a mountain biker at both Athens 2004 and Beijing first turned her hand to the biathlon after Vancouver 2010 when she was also pregnant with her son, who is now three. "It was a big ...read more
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Champion Windsurfer brings passion to Sport and Environment Panel

“When you have been an athlete, especially if you are an outdoor athlete, you realize how important the environment is,” she said. “It's close to your heart. For me, personally, the oceans are very ; Kendall, who joined the Sport and Environment Commission in 2009, said she has seen a growing environmental awareness throughout the Olympic Movement over the years. The Commission contributes to that trend by working with sports organisations and by hosting a biennial World Conference on Sport and the Environment for representatives of sport, government, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, the scientific community and the media. The…
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Ukrainian twins are both hoping to add Olympic medals to their growing collection

The twins have competed both with and against each other in the various biathlon events. “It is nice to have someone of your own blood close to you because biathlon is not an easy sport,” says Vita Semerenko. “You have both joyful moments and sad moments as well. When you feel sad you can cry on a family ; Vita will be competing in her second edition of the Games in Sochi 2014 after placing 6th in the Relay event in Vancouver in 2010 whilst sister Valya, who was part of the same relay team also competed in the 15km…
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IOC extends TOP partnership with Panasonic to 2024

Panasonic will continue as the Worldwide Olympic Partner within the exclusive audiovisual product category which includes: home entertainment equipment, including televisions; cameras; professional video equipment; professional displays, including large in-venue screens; professional audio equipment and video surveillance has been a Worldwide Olympic Partner since the IOC's global sponsorship programme began in 1985, and is the first Partner to sign to 2024. Panasonic first began its involvement with the Olympic Movement at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games as the supplier of the professional sound system and large video display for the main is already supporting the Organising Committee ...read more
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Stage is set in Sochi with events about to get underway

The first action of the Games will see snowboard slopestyle making its debut as an Olympic event, with the men's and women's qualifying round due to take place at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Qualification will also take place for the women's moguls, while the Sochi figure skating competition will get underway with the pairs and men's short programme being held as part of the new team event. Each of the 11 competition venues for Sochi 2014 has been built from scratch, with facilities split into two ‘clusters' – one by the coast and one in the mountains – creating…
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Olympic test events the “key to getting it right”

“The biggest challenge we have faced is making the transition from the preparation stage to operational readiness,” explains Chernyshenko. “The test events programme has helped us to do that and to iron out any creases that there may be in terms of venues and procedures before the actual Games. Testing is the key to getting it right and we worked hard on our test events ; During the 2012/13 winter season alone, Sochi hosted a record 70 international and national competitions in each of Olympic and Paralympic sports, with more than 3000 competitors, approximately 5000 volunteers, over 1500 media representatives…
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Athletes settle in to village life

Residents at each of the villages will have access to a canteen, a medical clinic, fitness centre, multi-religious centre, library, bank, cafes, a club and shops, with all facilities located within walking distance of the residential area. Transport connections are also available within the villages and from the villages to the competition venues, 24 hours a day. And those athletes who have already arrived seem to be impressed with the facilities on offer. "The people have been really nice and the rooms are really good,” said British short track medal hope Elise Christie. “It's luxury for us short-trackers, really." The…
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Baltic brothers Martins and Tomass Dukurs vying for skeleton gold

During the month preceding the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the same man emerged victorious from each of the five events on the FIBT Skeleton World Cup calendar. From Winterberg (GER) on 3 January to Schönau am Königsee (GER) on 26 January, a period that also included two races in St. Moritz (SUI) and one in Igls (AUT), Latvia's Martins Dukurs took top honours every single time. Even more remarkably, on each occasion he was joined on the podium by his elder brother, Tomass, who secured four second places and a third during the same period. For the dominant Dukurs brothers…
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