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2006-02-13 04:20:00

By Nelson Graves TURIN -- Unassuming Barbara Salmoiraghi is in the front lines of a swat team that can make frenzied beer-guzzling men take their hats off. "Marketing, marketing. Base calling," she barks into a walkie-talkie. "Section 114. Ten guys wearing Heineken hats!" The dark-haired Turin resident is part of the brand police keeping the Winter Olympics venues commercially pure. Sponsors such as Coca-Cola, Samsung and Visa spend millions to underpin the Games. But in one of the crowning...

2006-02-12 10:25:11

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - Michelle Kwan's decade-long hunt for Olympic gold came to a tearful end on Sunday after the American pulled out of the Winter Olympics with a groin strain. One of the most successful skaters of all time, she owns a record-equaling nine U.S. national titles and five world crowns. Yet the woman who was barely more than a child when she captured the world title at 15, chasing the Olympic dream proved to be her downfall. In 1994, Kwan qualified for...

2006-02-12 06:33:43

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - American Michelle Kwan pulled out of the Winter Olympics on Sunday after suffering a groin injury during practice. Kwan, a five-times world champion, sustained a groin strain on Saturday at the Palaghiaccio practice ice rink in Turin, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) said. "Taking myself off the team is the most difficult decision I've ever had to make but it's the right decision," Kwan said in a statement. "This injury prevents me from skating...

2006-02-11 18:27:47

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin took their first step toward continuing Russia's domination of the Winter Olympic pairs title with a spectacular short program on Saturday. The twice world and five-times European champions established a 3.92 points advantage over China's Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao and are now primed to win Russia's 12th consecutive pairs title. Fellow Russians Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov were lying in third place ahead of...

2006-02-11 14:23:31

TURIN (Reuters) - Americans Rena Inoue and John Baldwin became the first pairs skaters to complete a throw triple Axel at the Winter Olympics on Saturday. Baldwin punched the air in delight the moment Inoue landed the jump cleanly in front of a roaring contingent of American supporters at the Palavela rink. "It felt fantastic, it worked out exactly how I pictured it," Inoue told reporters. Baldwin added: "If you ask me what we want to do in skating, we would say we want to leave our...

2006-02-11 13:31:59

By Elizabeth Piper TURIN (Reuters) - German men took the first two gold medals in the 20th Winter Games on Saturday but the Olympic dream was spoilt for one team member when a sports arbitration court refused to lift a five-day suspension. U.S. speed skater Chad Hedrick also brought a smile to U.S. first lady Laura Bush and started his quest to equal a record medal haul of five golds by winning his first in the 5,000 meters. The speedskating rink shook to Italian screams, though,...

2006-02-11 11:36:35

By Elizabeth Piper TURIN (Reuters) - German men took the first two gold medals in the 20th Winter Games on Saturday but the Olympic dream was spoilt for one team member when a sports arbitration court refused to lift a five-day suspension. Germans screamed with delight when Michael Greis won the 20 km skiing-and-shooting individual biathlon event and Georg Hettich staged a major upset to take the men's individual 15 km Nordic combined hill Gundersen event, which includes...

2006-02-11 11:27:35

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - Cross-country skier Evi Sachenbacher Stehle's appeal to be allowed to race in the Winter Olympics women's 15-km pursuit was thrown out by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Saturday. Sachenbacher Stehle was one of 12 cross-country skiers suspended for five days after the International Ski Federation (FIS) ruled they could not safely compete due to an abnormally high red blood cell count. She was a medal contender for the event, which is her...

2006-02-11 10:30:34

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - American figure skater Michelle Kwan hinted she may pull out of the Turin Winter Olympics after struggling during practice on Saturday. "Physically if I'm not able to compete I would give up my spot," Kwan, who has been hampered by a groin injury, told reporters. "I went to the Opening Ceremony yesterday and sitting outside in the cold for four hours wasn't good for my body and I felt stiff this morning. "I really have to pay attention to how I'm...

2006-02-10 11:43:29

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - After a series of injury and health problems, Tatiana Totmianina is fighting fit and ready to launch her bid for the Olympic pairs title with partner Maxim Marinin at the Turin Games on Saturday. "We've been through so much over the past two years and we're ready now," the Russian duo's coach Oleg Vasiliev told reporters. In October 2004, Totmianina suffered a concussion following a head-first fall during a lift by Marinin at the Skate America...