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2006-02-27 06:03:04

By Simon Evans TURIN (Reuters) - The medals have all been won and the flame has been put out but on Monday Turin was dealing with the final challenge of the Winter Olympics -- getting thousands of people out of the city and on their way home. Around 20,000 people -- athletes, officials, fans and the media -- were heading out of the city's Caselle airport after Sunday's closing ceremony ended the 20th Winter Games. "Everything is going smoothly, we are handing out small radios to...

2006-02-26 10:07:06

By Gideon Long PRAGELATO, Italy (Reuters) - Italians flocked to the Alps this weekend to see Giorgio win gold. They did not expect their hero to be Giorgio di Centa. A day after Giorgio Rocca dashed a nation's hopes by tumbling out of the men's Alpine skiing slalom race, his namesake di Centa made amends by winning the final cross-country skiing event of the Olympic program. The mood could hardly have been more different after the two races, staged within a few kilometers of each...

2006-02-24 13:34:04

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Alpine skier Bode Miller has recovered from a twisted ankle and is ready to race in the Turin Olympic slalom on Saturday, United States team officials said on Friday. Asked how Miller's left ankle was after he injured it playing basketball with his team mates on Tuesday, U.S. men's coach Phil McNichol told Reuters: "It's good, tip-top." Earlier, U.S. Alpine director Jesse Hunt said he still had faith in Miller, who came into the Games as a favorite in...

2006-02-24 12:51:01

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - All 10 Austrian athletes tested during a drugs swoop last Saturday by International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials at the Winter Games have proved negative, Leo Wallner, president of the Austrian Olympic Committee, told Reuters on Friday. The Austrian biathlon and cross-country skiing teams have been the subject of an IOC and police investigation after blood transfusion equipment was found at lodgings in the raid. "It's a good result for us. All the...

2006-02-22 11:54:39

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Bode Miller twisted his ankle playing basketball but should be fit to race the final Alpine skiing event of the Turin Olympics, his American team said on Wednesday. Miller, last season's overall World Cup champion, came to the Games as a favorite in all five events but has so far failed to win a medal. His last chance will be in Saturday's slalom. "He should be okay for Saturday," U.S. team spokesman Tom Kelly said. Kelly said Miller had hurt his right...

2006-02-21 12:13:10

By Sophie Hardach SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - The two Austrian biathletes, who left the Winter Olympics at the weekend, may have used illegal methods, a top Austrian Ski Federation official told a news conference on Tuesday. Markus Gandler, the federation's biathlon and cross-country skiing sporting director, said the pair had told him the police confiscated something from them which "may have been illegal." "They were scared of Italian law and they preferred to leave because...

2006-02-21 11:44:26

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - The two Austrian biathletes who left the Winter Olympics at the weekend may have used illegal methods, an Austrian Ski Federation top official told a news conference on Tuesday. Markus Gandler, the federation's biathlon and cross-country skiing sporting director, said police confiscated something from the pair which "may have been illegal."

2006-02-20 07:27:01

SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - French Alpine skier Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin has been fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($3,800) for making a rude gesture in the finish area after Saturday's men's Olympic super-G. Dalcin had led after 17 skiers when the race was stopped by heavy snow and poor visibility. The times were scrapped and when the race was re-run later in the afternoon, the Frenchman missed a gate. Reaching the finish area, he raised his middle finger toward the slope. "I was robbed and...

2006-02-20 07:23:53

By Clare Fallon SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Canada's Francois Bourque surprised even himself by taking the lead after the first leg of the men's Alpine skiing giant slalom at the Turin Olympics on Monday. Bourque, who has never won a World Cup race, skied the Sises course in one minute 16.61 seconds, 0.19 seconds faster than Frenchman Joel Chenal. World champion Hermann Maier of Austria shared third place with Swede Fredrik Nyberg in 1:16.83 with World Cup holder Benjamin Raich,...

2006-02-20 06:18:22

By Clare Fallon SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - Canada's Francois Bourque surprised even himself by taking the lead after the first leg of the men's Alpine skiing giant slalom at the Turin Olympics on Monday. Bourque, who has never won a World Cup race, skied the Sises course in one minute 16.61 seconds, 0.19 seconds faster than Frenchman Joel Chenal. World champion Hermann Maier of Austria shared third place with Swede Fredrik Nyberg in 1:16.83 with World Cup holder Benjamin Raich,...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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