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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,...

2006-02-23 09:11:37

By Sophie Hardach SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - The head of the Austrian Ski Federation on Thursday met an Italian prosecutor probing the possible use of illegal substances or methods by Olympic athletes, a Federation spokesman said. "He is in Turin, meeting the prosecutor," the spokesman said. "His lawyer called and said he should come to Turin to see the prosecutor and he is now with both of them." Police on Saturday raided the houses of the Austrian Olympic biathletes and...

2006-02-23 05:10:00

By Steve Keating TURIN -- Canadians and Americans were nursing Olympic hockey hangovers on Thursday as the shock of being bounced from the Turin Winter Games began to sink in. The men's Olympic ice hockey tournament became an all-European affair on Wednesday when Russia toppled defending champions and gold medal favourites Canada 2-0 and unbeaten Finland bounced the U.S. 4-3, on what was the 26th anniversary of the 'Miracle on Ice'. The failure of the U.S., the reigning silver medallists from...

2006-02-22 15:03:00

By Karolos Grohmann TURIN (Reuters) - Canadian speedskater Cindy Klassen raised her medals tally at the Turin Games to four after winning the women's 1,500 meters on Wednesday in spectacular fashion. Klassen, already the most successful Canadian woman athlete at one Winter Games heading into the race, smiled some 100 meters before her major challenger Ireen Wust finished, knowing the gold was hers with her time of 1.55.27. Wust of the Netherlands ended up third, behind Kristina...

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...

2006-02-22 01:18:18

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Stung by lower-than-expected ratings on the broadcast network and a lackluster performance by the U.S. team in Turin, NBC went on the offensive this week as the two-week Winter Olympics skied into its final days. Ratings have skidded, no matter what yardstick you use. NBC's primetime ratings for the Turin Olympics have delivered an average 12.5 household rating through Friday night, the latest Nielsen Media Research data released....

2006-02-21 13:05:00

By Antonella Ciancio and Sophie Hardach TURIN/SESTRIERE, Italy -- Two Austrian biathletes who disappeared from the Turin Winter Olympics at the weekend may have broken Italian law, a top official from their national ski federation said on Tuesday. Wolfgang Perner and Wolfgang Rottmann left the Games without telling anybody after police swooped on the Austrian biathlon and cross-country team bases on Saturday in an anti-doping raid. "They were scared of Italian law and they preferred to leave...

2006-02-21 10:36:31

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - Sasha Cohen opted to catch up on some precious beauty sleep ahead of her late night date at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday. Cohen, who is the United States' best hope of capturing a medal in the women competition, failed to turn up for a scheduled practice session at the Palavela rink on Tuesday morning. "It's a timing issue. Sasha skates very late this evening and will not be able to sleep in the afternoon like other skaters can," her coach John...

2006-02-21 10:12:17

By Nelson Graves TURIN (Reuters) - On the podium of Olympic languages, French takes bronze. Third place is not good enough for Lise Bissonnette, who has come to Turin to see if the mother tongue of Moliere gets the respect it deserves. "It's a constant battle for French," says the Canadian writer, dispatched by the International Francophone Organization to monitor the Olympic commitment to her lingua franca. French ranks with English as one of two official Olympic tongues. If two...

2006-02-21 10:50:00

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - Sasha Cohen opted to catch up on some precious beauty sleep ahead of her late night date at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday. Cohen, who is the United States' best hope of capturing a medal in the women's competition, failed to turn up for a scheduled practice session at the Palavela rink on Tuesday morning. "It's a timing issue. Sasha skates very late this evening and will not be able to sleep in the afternoon like other skaters can," her coach John Nicks...


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