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2006-02-19 06:26:21

By Antonella Ciancio TURIN (Reuters) - Italian police did not find banned Austrian biathlon coach Walter Mayer when they raided team bases at the Winter Olympics late on Saturday, a police source said on Sunday. The raids came after the International Olympic Committee received a report from its doping arm that said the team might have been visited by Mayer, who was banned from the Games until beyond 2010 after a blood transfusion scandal at Salt Lake City. "(Mayer) was not found,"...

2006-02-18 20:20:46

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - Italian police raided Austria's biathlon and cross-country skiing team bases on suspicion of doping late on Saturday, casting a pall over a day that made Olympic history at the Winter Games. International Olympic Committee anti-doping officials tested 15 Austrian athletes for evidence of doping, officials said. An investigative source told Reuters that the police had found nothing untoward so far. The Austrian team said they would protest at the...

2006-02-18 18:40:26

By Antonella Ciancio TURIN (Reuters) - Italian police staged raids on the Austrian biathlon team's Winter Olympics quarters on Saturday, an Austrian Olympic chief and investigative source told Reuters. The Austrian cross-country team were also subjected to a raid, an Austrian team source said. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) later confirmed that unannounced out-of-competition doping tests had been conducted on "a number of Austrian cross-country and biathlon athletes."...

2006-02-18 15:23:33

By Karolos Grohmann TURIN (Reuters) - American Joey Cheek on Saturday donated the $15,000 he will receive from the U.S. Olympic Committee for his men's speedskating 1,000 meters silver medal he won at the Turin Games to a charity. He says his efforts here have so far raised $250,000. Cheek has already donated the $25,000 he got for the 500 meters gold medal he won earlier in the Games to the humanitarian group "Right to Play," founded by former Olympic speedskating champion Johann...

2006-02-18 11:05:31

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - Double Olympic history was created in half an hour on Saturday when Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Janica Kostelic became the most successful Olympic Alpine skiers of all time. The racers both romped to their fourth Winter Olympics gold -- Aamodt in the men's super-G and Kostelic just over 30 minutes later in the women's combined. No male or female Alpine skier have accrued as many Olympic titles in 82 years of Games history. "The last one is always the...

2006-02-18 08:02:24

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - How cold is a block of ice? That question keeps Dennis Allen busy from morning to night as he cools and warms the Palavela rink in Turin, trying to concoct perfect conditions for two very different sports. As figure skaters twirl and spin during practice, Allen takes the ice's temperature and starts to freeze it harder for the short track skating competition later in the evening. "It's hard to satisfy everyone," Allen said, sitting back and...

2006-02-17 19:00:07

By Jon Bramley TURIN (Reuters) - A derailed snowboarder, a dreadlocked Ethiopian and a Siberian mother who faces an Italian criminal inquiry into taking drugs were the unlikely limelight hoggers of the Winter Olympics on Friday. They were joined later by record-breaking skeleton slider Duff Gibson of Canada, who at the age of 39, became the oldest gold medallist in an individual event in the history of Winter Olympics. Gibson promptly retired. Order was restored in the women's ice...

2006-02-17 14:33:33

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - At the Salt Lake City Olympics, Emily Hughes was an outsider looking in. The then 13-year-old was among 15,000 roaring fans at the Salt Lake Ice Center cheering on her sister Sarah Hughes, who caused one of the biggest upsets in figure skating history to capture the 2002 women's Olympic crown. Fast forward four years and the tables have been turned. Emily unexpectedly made a late dash for Turin after fellow American and sentimental favorite...

2006-02-17 09:57:30

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - The first competitor to be expelled from the Turin Winter Games for doping was hit with a two-year ban on Friday while an African athlete made Olympic history. Grim Alpine weather caused the women's combined downhill to be called off and gold medallist figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko's good fortune continued as he walked away from a car crash unhurt. Russian Olga Pyleva, who won the silver medal in the 15-km individual biathlon at the start of the...

2006-02-17 07:01:06

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - It is strange to come to the Olympics and watch a one-horse race. The world's greatest sporting event is famed for pitting athletes at the top of their game against each other and for throwing up more than the occasional surprise winner. But that was far from the case at the men's figure skating in Turin. Yevgeny Plushenko came in the absolute favorite, set up a 10 point lead after the short program and widened that to 27.12 in the free skate. He...


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