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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...

2006-02-21 02:35:00

By Steve Keating TURIN -- It has an Italian name, will get more ice time than any hockey player or figure skater at these Olympics and nobody knows its name. "I don't know," said Chiara. "It looks funny." "Is it a Fiat?" asked Giancarlo. It is a Zamboni, a plodding machine used to resurface the ice at Olympic venues that has inspired a cult-like following in Canada but remains an odd curiosity for Italians watching these Winter Games despite the fact it is an invention that has its roots deep...

2006-02-20 19:16:35

By Steve Ginsburg TURIN (Reuters) - The flourishing rivalry between American speedskaters Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick resumes on Tuesday with the chase for the Olympic 1,500-meter gold medal. The two Turin Games champions are refusing to speak to each other nearly a week after Davis spurned an offer to take part in the team pursuit that might have cost the U.S. another gold. "Davis is a great competitor," Hedrick said. "I hold the world record over this distance. I will go out,...