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2006-02-26 03:57:04

By Karolos Grohmann TURIN (Reuters) - A week-long Austrian doping saga involving night-time raids, police and drugs testers may have dominated headlines at the Turin Olympics yet the Games were among the cleanest yet. After 16 days of competition, more than 800 urine tests and 362 blood samples were taken and only one athlete failed a drugs test. And she was not an Austrian. Russian biathlon silver medallist Olga Pyleva was expelled from the Olympics and stripped of her medal after...

2006-02-25 22:14:52

By Nelson Graves TURIN (Reuters) - The keepers of the flame live in a hole and survive on cold cereal, crackers and baked beans. Federico Fiorini pressed the green button that ignited the Olympic cauldron at the start of the Turin Games. On Sunday he will pull the bright yellow lever to snuff out the flame. He and two colleagues have lived 10 feet underground to make sure the fire stays alit over Turin's skyline and on television sets around the world. From offstage they play main...

2006-02-24 15:52:22

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - Chad Hedrick came to the Winter Olympics gunning for five golds. He won only one but that has not silenced the outspoken speedskater. On Friday, he had a final chance to capture a second gold but had to settle for silver after trailing surprise champion Bob de Jong of the Netherlands in the 10,000 metres by almost four seconds. Despite the defeat, he refused to bow out quietly. "My heart's bigger than anybody else's out there," Hedrick told...

2006-02-23 20:36:44

By Steve Ginsburg TURIN (Reuters) - Janica Kostelic's vacillating health and a tricky weather pattern over the Italian Alps were lingering questions heading into Friday's giant slalom, the final women's Alpine ski race of the Olympics. Kostelic has been the victim of a high pulse rate and was waiting until Friday morning before deciding if she will defend the title she won at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. The Croatian had said at various times over the past two days her failing...

2006-02-23 16:50:24

By Elizabeth Piper TURIN (Reuters) - With a doping scandal refusing to fade, Austrian officials 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 unseated on Wednesday by Finland and Russia. For Canada, the birthplace of the sport, the early exit was...

2006-02-23 12:21:19

By Karolos Grohmann TURIN (Reuters) - German speedskater Anni Friesinger has pulled out of Saturday's 5,000 meters race, hours after she placed fourth in her strongest event, the 1,500, and left the ice rink in tears, a German team official said. Friesinger, who suffers from asthma, told team officials she would be unable to compete any more at these Games. "Basically she was exhausted and had these nagging coughing problems," German Olympic team spokesman Michael Schirp told...

2006-02-23 11:00:00

By Alan Crosby TURIN -- The ouster of the United States men's ice hockey team from the Olympic Games has capped the decline of a once-powerful American program that now must rebuild. A decade ago the U.S. was on top of the hockey world, having won the World Cup of Hockey in 1996, beating arch-rivals Canada in the final. That victory rivaled the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic gold medal and propelled the sport in the U.S. new heights. In 2002, the U.S. were still a dominant hockey nation,...

2006-02-23 09:50:38

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 on Wednesday by Finland and Russia. For Canada, the birthplace of the sport, the early exit...

2006-02-23 09:32:02

By Steve Keating TURIN (Reuters) - Battered by scandal and failure, Wayne Gretzky was reassessing his future with Canada's Olympic ice hockey team on Thursday after the defending champions exited the Turin Games in a 2-0 quarter-final defeat by Russia. Gretzky arrived in Italy caught in the glare of the media spotlight created by an illegal betting scandal swirling around his family. He exits the same way shouldering the burden of Canada's stunning failure to reach the medal round....

2006-02-23 09:23:37

By Steve Keating TURIN (Reuters) - Battered by scandal and failure, Wayne Gretzky was reassessing his future with Canada's Olympic ice hockey team on Thursday after the defending champions exited the Turin Games in a 2-0 quarter-final defeat by Russia. Gretzky arrived in Italy caught in the glare of the media spotlight created by an illegal betting scandal swirling around his family. He exits the same way shouldering the burden of Canada's stunning failure to reach the medal round....


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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