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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...

2006-02-17 06:59:36

By Antonella Ciancio TURIN (Reuters) - Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva, expelled from the Winter Olympics following a positive doping test, will be questioned by Turin magistrates, judicial sources said on Friday. Pyleva, 30, tested positive for a banned stimulant in pre-Games testing and the International Olympic Committee sent her file to the magistrates to decide whether to launch an investigation. "She will be questioned by Turin magistrates," the source told Reuters. It was not...

2006-02-17 06:39:01

TURIN (Reuters) - Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva, expelled from the Winter Olympics following a positive doping test, will be questioned by Turin magistrates, judicial sources said on Friday. An agreement before the Games between the Italian government and the International Olympic Committee meant that any athlete failing a drugs test would be liable to a criminal prosecution. Pyleva, 30, tested positive for a banned stimulant in pre-Games testing.

2006-02-16 06:15:00

By Karolos Grohmann TURIN -- Several cross-country skiers who registered high hemoglobin levels days before the Turin Winter Games opened must have taken banned substances, World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound said on Thursday. "Frankly, we think we are dealing with doping," Pound, also an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, told Reuters. "It is too much of a coincidence to have 12 athletes with hugely high Hb (hemoglobin) levels just before the Games." The IOC is responsible...

2006-02-14 17:51:13

By Steve Keating TURIN (Reuters) - A defiant Wayne Gretzky said on Tuesday he expects to be saddled with the blame if Canada fails to win the ice hockey gold medal at the Turin Olympics. "If we don't win the gold medal obviously I'm going to get blamed," said Gretzky, Team Canada's executive director. "But I've been blamed for losses before and it's not going to change my life." Earlier in the day, Gretzky and his hand-picked team arrived in Turin under a cloak of secrecy to defend...

2006-02-14 15:50:28

By Steve Keating TURIN (Reuters) - A defiant Wayne Gretzky said on Tuesday he expects to be saddled with the blame if Canada fails to win the ice hockey gold medal at the Turin Olympics. "If we don't win the gold medal obviously I'm going to get blamed," said Gretzky, Team Canada's executive director. "But I've been blamed for losses before and it's not going to change my life." Earlier in the day, Gretzky and his hand-picked team arrived in Turin under a cloak of secrecy to defend...

2006-02-14 12:07:59

By Steve Keating TURIN (Reuters) - When the Italian women took the ice in their Olympic ice hockey opener their objective was to hold Canada to less than 20 goals. The Italian men, however, have much higher ambitions as they prepare to meet top-ranked Canada's lineup of NHL all-stars in their tournament opener on Wednesday. "We're out to win," said Ron Ivany, a long time assistant coach with the Italian team. "We're confident, we know we can compete. "We've played a lot of elite...

2006-02-14 11:23:01

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - With so much energy going into racing there's not much time for romance at the Olympics But athletes and fans were still finding ways to celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday with bunches of roses being presented to skiers, parties planned for the evening and trips to Italy's sweet spots for those who have already competed. At the training run for the women's downhill, Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister walked out of the arrivals ring with three bouquets...

2006-02-14 08:47:19

By Alan Crosby TURIN (Reuters) - Wayne Gretzky and Canada's hockey team arrived in Turin on Tuesday to defend their gold medal but questions over illegal gambling followed him across the Atlantic and threatened to overshadow their Olympic bid. Looking tired after a long overnight flight from Toronto, Gretzky arrived with his family in Turin along with the team he handpicked as executive director of Team Canada. With Gretzky was his wife, actress Janet Jones, who has been implicated...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.