Sunday, February 14, 2010

Winter Olypics Speed Skating

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Vancouver (AFP) - Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won the 3,000-meter women's speedskating gold on Sunday at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, four years after just missing a medal in the event.

Three-time reigning World Cup long distance champion Sablikova won in 4mins 2.53 secs while Germany's Stephanie Beckert took the silver, 2.09 seconds back with Canada's Kristina Groves capturing the bronze in 4:04.84.

"This is wonderful. I don't know what to say. I was so nervous," said Sablikova.

Winter Olypics Snowboarding

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Park City (AFP) - Reigning Olympic champions Seth Wescott, Shaun White and Hannah Teter and season halfpipe star Kelly Clark were on the US Olympic snowboard roster announced late Monday.

Americans have dominated Olympic snowboarding since it debuted in 1998 at Nagano, Japan, and have expectations soaring as high as their competitors ahead of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

"We are going in to the 2010 Games with one of the strongest athletic lineups possible," US Snowboarding coach Peter Foley said. "We're hoping to go into Vancouver and build on the successes we saw in 2006. This team is in position to do great things."

Winter Olypics Ski Jumping

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Whistler (AFP) - Swiss ski-jumper Simon Ammann won the first gold medal of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on Saturday, and the third of his career, when he clinched victory in the normal hill.

Poland's Adam Malysz took silver with Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer claiming bronze.

Ammann earned a two-jump total of 276.5 points with his second jump of 108m the longest of the day.

The 28-year-old Swiss also won gold in the normal and large hill competitions at Salt Lake City in 2002.

Malysz took silver with 269.5 points while Schlierenzauer, making his Olympic debut, secured bronze with 268.

Winter Olypics Skeleton

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Winter Olypics Short Track

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Vancouver (AFP) - Lee Jung-Su won the men's 1,500m short-track speed skating gold at the Olympic Winter Games on Saturday, but powerhouse South Korea's hopes of a podium sweep were shattered on a last-bend collapse.

American Apolo Anton Ohno finished second to become the most decorated Olympic short-track skater with six medals from three Games.

Lee clocked 2min 17.611sec with Ohno 0.365sec behind while another American J.R. Celski finished third in 2:18.053 in the first event of the eight-race short-track competition.

Winter Olypics Nordic Combined

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Whistler (AFP) - Janne Ryynaenen was on track to give Finland its first medal at the Vancouver Games as he led the Nordic Combined ahead of American Todd Lodwick after the jump section Sunday.

Ryynaenen scored 135.5 points to 127.0 for Lodwick.

World Cup leader Jason Lamy-Chappuis was in the hunt in fifth on 124.5 points as participants battled with windy conditions at the Whistler Olympic Park.

Lamy-Chappuis now has to chase down a 46 second deficit on Ryynaenen in the afternoon 10 kilometre cross country section starting at 1:45 pm (2145 GMT).

Whereas Ryynaenen is not a cross country specialist, Lodwick is a double world champion from last year and stands just 34 seconds adrift after the jump.

Winter Olypics Luge

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It is with great regret that we confirm the death of the Georgian luge athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili, during the final training session at the Whistler Sliding Centre, this morning.

Mr Kumaritashvili died after crashing on the last corner of the course during training. Doctors were unable to revive the athlete, who died in hospital.

“Our first thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the athlete. The whole Olympic Family is struck by this tragedy, which clearly casts a shadow over these Games”, said the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge.

“We are deeply struck by this tragedy and join the IOC in extending our condolences to the family, friends and teammates of this athlete, who came to Vancouver to follow his Olympic dream”, said John Furlong, the CEO of VANOC, the Games Organising Committee.

For the International Luge Federation, President Josef Fendt said: “This is a terrible accident. This is the gravest thing that can happen in sport, and our thoughts and those of the ‘luge family’, are naturally with those touched by this event.”

An investigation is underway into the circumstances of the accident. Training was suspended and technical officials are now trying to establish the causes.