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2006-03-23 01:53:39

By Steve Keating CALGARY (Reuters) - American Sasha Cohen's world championship title hopes were dealt a blow on Wednesday when the Olympic silver medallist stumbled her way through qualifying to finish in third place. The gold medal favorite, with Olympic champion Shizuka Arakawa and defending champion Irina Slutskaya not competing in Calgary, Cohen had looked well positioned to end a string of runner-up finishes that included silver medals from the last two worlds championships....

2006-02-23 21:12:30

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - Sasha Cohen has perfected the art of being second best. On Thursday, she had entered the women's Olympic free skate as the leader of the pack, holding a slender 0.03 point of a lead over favorite Irina Slutskaya. It took the American only 20 seconds to tumble back on to familiar ground. She crash-landed on her opening jump and with it went her chances of overturning a habit of a lifetime. "It's one night, four minutes and a piece of metal," a...

2006-02-23 09:16:37

By Elizabeth Piper TURIN (Reuters) - With a doping scandal refusing to fade, Austria locked horns with Olympic chiefs on Thursday accusing them of punishing their team unnecessarily. Austria were not the only team to be licking their wounds. The United States and Canada, two ice hockey giants, were pondering what exactly went wrong in the quarter-finals when they were unceremoniously unseated by Finland and Russia. For Canada, the birthplace of hockey where the game is a religion,...

2006-02-22 19:06:59

By Steve Ginsburg TURIN (Reuters) - In a battle for figure skating supremacy, Irina Slutskaya and Sasha Cohen will slug it out on Thursday in the much-anticipated Turin Winter Games free program. Cohen, a diminutive Californian who has never won a major international competition, will be aiming to uphold an Olympic free skate tradition -- to upstage the favorite. At the last two Olympics, American Michelle Kwan had arrived as the front runner and each time she had to make do with...

2006-02-22 12:05:42

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - Irina Slutskaya arrived at the Winter Olympics as the queen of figure skating. The owner of two world and a record seven European crowns, the Russian had been expected to look down at her challengers from the top of the short program standings. Sasha Cohen, however, had other ideas. The 21-year-old Californian, who has yet to win any major international title, dislodged Slutskaya from her throne on Tuesday. Cohen's unexpected lead of 0.03 of a...

2006-02-21 19:31:01

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - Emily Hughes arrived in Turin without any illusions about her medal prospects. She did, however, have the most famous cheering squad in town. "Hughes Gotta Believe" proclaimed a giant blue and white banner from the third tier of the stands as the 17-year-old skated onto the ice for Tuesday's short program. Among the dozen people holding up the message, one face stood out -- that of Olympic champion and proud big sister Sarah Hughes. "I know how...

2006-02-20 10:16:56

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - Sasha Cohen has become the mystery woman of the Winter Olympics. Michelle Kwan's early departure from Turin left Cohen as the United States' only realistic hope of a medal in the women's event. For over a week, Cohen trained in relative obscurity in Courmayeur, about a 90-minute drive from Turin. When she returned to the Olympic city on Monday, she found herself firmly in the spotlight but chose to give little away during a practice session ahead...

2006-02-19 11:53:41

TURIN (Reuters) - American figure skater Emily Hughes acted as courier service on Sunday, handing Irina Slutskaya her costume for the Winter Olympics. Hughes was given the task of transporting the Russian gold medal favorite's outfit from the United States to Turin as the pair share the same Manhattan-based designer Tania Bass. Bass entrusted Hughes with the task as soon as she heard the 17-year-old American would be making a late dash to the Olympics to replace the injured Michelle...

2006-02-17 14:33:33

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - At the Salt Lake City Olympics, Emily Hughes was an outsider looking in. The then 13-year-old was among 15,000 roaring fans at the Salt Lake Ice Center cheering on her sister Sarah Hughes, who caused one of the biggest upsets in figure skating history to capture the 2002 women's Olympic crown. Fast forward four years and the tables have been turned. Emily unexpectedly made a late dash for Turin after fellow American and sentimental favorite...

2006-02-16 13:57:16

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Days after dropping out of the Winter Games, ending her epic quest for Olympic gold, figure skating champion Michelle Kwan accepted a new job on Thursday as celebrity representative for the Walt Disney Co. Kwan, who recently declined an offer from rival media company NBC Universal to join its Olympics broadcast, will take part in promotions, advertising and public service messages involving all of Disney's businesses, the company said. The deal also calls for...


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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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