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2006-02-05 14:21:42

By Gideon Long PRAGELATO, Italy (Reuters) - Finland's Janne Ahonen and Jakub Janda of the Czech Republic are the clear favorites for the Olympic ski jumping titles but, on the eve of the Turin Games, there is little to choose between them. The two men have dominated the World Cup season, opening up a commanding lead over their rivals, but neither has managed to shake off the other. As if to underline how closely matched they are, they finished neck and neck last month in the...

2006-01-19 21:54:20

By Laura Vinha HELSINKI (Reuters) - Judged by the standards of his flamboyant predecessor Matti Nykanen, Finnish ski jumper Janne Ahonen is dull to the point of anonymity. Nykanen, the first ski jumping Olympic double gold medallist, was a national hero before his life began to unravel in a sea of alcohol and assault convictions. By contrast Ahonen, who is seeking his first Olympic title in Turin next month, has been criticized at home for his lack of visible emotion after more than...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.